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March 1, 2007

Do Schools Teach Legal Self-Defense?

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

Once upon a time college campuses were plagued by a particularly nasty wave of attacks and harrassment aimed at women. As a result, physical self-defense classes for women sprung up on many American campuses. Women were taught a lot of self-awareness, some martial arts, and in general became less victims and more participants in their own security.

I was reminded of this by an announcement by the newer more efficient Cartel jihad that they have plans to sue more college students in the next three months than they have in the preceding three years. It seems like the appropriate response to this kind of mass assault is a series of legal self-defense seminars for students.

According to the AP wire story (here on SiliconValley.com) the RIAA have sent surrender terms... err, early settlement offers to hundreds of college students. Just as the new efficient machine is attempting to enlist ISPs as part of its enforcement arm, this part of the effort attempts to dragoon university officials who are supposed to do the Cartel's dirty work and associate IP addresses with students in order to expedite the process of squeezing them for cash.

Because, you know, suing customers has been such an effective strategy against music-sharing so far.

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1. Crosbie Fitch on March 3, 2007 8:06 AM writes...

They're kicking a hornets' nest.

Eventually the students are likely to adopt solidarity as a response.

Phase 1: "Sue one of us and the entire campus goes on strike, engages in boycotts, etc.".

Phase 2: "500 students are copying this CD in plain view on the campus square at midday on Independence day."

Of course, this would be an undesirable outcome, because it then weakens the power of copyright against the ordinary citizen.

The industry cleary needs to retain $250,000 fines and 5 year jail terms so that it can prosecute individual infringers as effectively as large commercial publishers.

After all, copyright was always intended as a means of enabling corporations to invigilate and suspend the liberty of American citizens.

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