Washington – The Motion Picture Association of America
(MPAA) will be sending letters to U.S. colleges and universities this week,
notifying them of its intent to begin sending warning notices to students trading
movies on campus networks, TorrentFreak reported, citing a draft copy of the
letter it obtained.
"Beyond the negative economic consequences for both
the current workforce and future employment, the downloading and distribution
of copyrighted works are serious offenses that carry with them the risk of
substantial monetary damages and, in some cases, criminal prosecution," David
Mandil, head of anti-piracy at the MPAA, writes in the letter.
The letter urges
schools to take action against illegal file-sharing, and notes that — because
of a new law enacted in July — they may lose
federal funding if they don’t.
The MPAA letter offers solutions such as
blocking access to "rogue" websites or all peer-to-peer traffic, monitoring
of Web browsing, and educational seminars for students.