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Universities to be sued over music downloads

By Adam Sherwin, Media Reporter

THE British record industry is to prosecute universities that allow students to copy music over the internet through their computer networks.

Heads of universities will face criminal sanctions if they collude in the illegal downloading of music files — “copyright theft” — that is costing the music industry £2 billion a year.

The industry believes that universities, which offer students unlimited access to computers, are producing a generation of fans who believe that music is a commodity available free of charge. Websites such as kazaa and grokster allow internet users to download digital copies of the latest hits and produce their own compilation CDs for nothing