Internet2 users being targeted by RIAA and MPAA

Internet2 users being targeted by RIAA and MPAA

Every technology has its advantages and disadvantages. New advancements mean better ways of connecting to the Internet are being developed. And Internet2 is one of those networks. Around 207 Universities in the United States are connected through this ultra modern network. Speeds are sufficient to download an entire movie file from the net in 30 seconds flat. Same files download on a normal hi-speed connection can take as many as 6 hours.

However, the RIAA and MPAA have a problem with that. They are suing hundreds of students claiming that they are using this network for downloading and sharing unauthorized data on the internet. The Recording Industry Association of America alone has sued around 405 students for this offence. Motion Picture Association of America on the other hand has not released the number from their side. Their claim is that the students have been sharing data worth around 99 terabytes in one single day, which is good enough to store enough number of movies to start a digital music library.

RIAA president Cary Sherman said in a statement to the press: “Internet2 is increasingly becoming the network of choice for students looking to steal songs and other copyrighted works on a massive scale”. The network was originally developed to offer services in fields like medicine and weather forecasting, which require high quantity of data transfer from one place to another.

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