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FC: Recording industry wants to scan .au university computers

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Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 17:57:14 +1100 From: Ian Cumming <> To: Subject: Recording industry asks to scan university computers Message-ID: <> Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii Content-Disposition: inline User-Agent: Mutt/1.4i

Hi Declan,

I'm not sure if this is worthy of politech, but my University is being targeted by Festival, Sony and EMI to hand over the web logs from our proxy servers as evidence of mp3 sharing by students.

The following articles provide some commentary on these events.

- Recording firms ask to scan university computers

- It's war on a generation of cyber pirates

The first article reports:

"In Sydney yesterday, the companies - Festival, Sony and EMI - reached agreement with the University of Sydney and the University of Tasmania to preserve the files as evidence. The universities have not agreed to hand over the information."

My question is, do record companies have a legal right to seize traffic data for the purposes of their investigations?

Perhaps some politechers could comment on their perspective of these actions?


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