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MPAA lists the top 25 movie piracy Universities

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Apr 2007 7:17 User comments (20)

MPAA lists the top 25 movie piracy Universities Last week, the MPAA announced they supported the "Curb Illegal Downloading on College Campuses Act (2007)," and MPAA head Dan Glickman said that the group was set to begin working with schools and administrators to put an end to movie piracy on University campuses.
The MPAA has compiled a list of American schools that make their so called "dishonor roll" and included the amount of students identified as downloading unauthorized movies.

1. Columbia University - 1,198
2. University of Pennsylvania - 934
3. Boston University - 891
4. University of California at Los Angeles - 889
5. Purdue University - 873
6. Vanderbilt University - 860
7. Duke University - 813
8. Rochester Institute of Technology - 792
9. University of Massachusetts - 765
10. University of Michigan - 740
11. University of California at Santa Cruz - 714
12. University of Southern California - 704
13. University of Nebraska at Lincoln - 637
14. North Carolina State University - 636
15. Iowa State University - 586
16. University of Chicago - 575
17. University of Rochester - 562
18. Ohio University - 550
19. University of Tennessee - 527
20. Michigan State University - 506
21. Virginia Polytechnic Institute - 457
22. Drexel University - 455
23. University of South Florida - 447
24. Stanford University - 405
25. University of California at Berkeley - 398


A few schools had the distinction of being on the RIAA and MPAA's lists with Purdue having the highest combined numbers on both lists.

The question now moves on to how aggresive the MPAA will be and whether they will follow the RIAA into suing thousands of users, even if they are 8 years old or deceased.

Source:
Arstechnica

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20 user comments

12.4.2007 7:44

duuuuuuh no NYU? sorry that list is waaaaaaay off. i doubt that the number of people downloading movies at those univeristys is that low. those are probably more like the UPLOAD numbers it seems like. i know at rutgers on the hard drive to hard drive network the entire *bleep* school downloads movies, thats like 15,000. the hard drive network goes so fast that they can get a movie in less than 2 hours then they just delet them after they watch them.

they probably just monitored one form of getting movies, like bt or something then traced them back to the schools. thats probably just a snapshot from one day at one time on one bt tracker.

besides, JUST DOWNLOADING ISNT ILLEGAL SO IF THAT REPRESENTS JUST DOWNLOADERS ITS STUPID TO EVEN BRING IT UP. if you think simply downloading a movie from the internet is illegal think about this:

whats diferent from you downloading that AVI than you downloading that flv file when you watch copywritten work on youtube? has anyone ever been sued just for simply watching videos on youtube, because being sued for downloading would be the same thing? see you dont know where that video on youtube came from, could be legit could be not, som people realy do share there videos on youtube, just like some people realy do upload their work to p2p networks and stuff. unfortunatly for the copywrite holders the burdon of diferentiating illegaly distributed work from legaly distributed work DOES NOT FALL ON THE CONSUMER, THAT WOULD BE VERY UNFAIR. if it wer illegal to simply download stuff then whenever you get hits in google pictures that are illegaly copied and posted you would be violating the law, YOU ARENT VIOLATING ANY LAWS. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD TILL YOUR HARD DRIVE BURSTS AND YOU WONT GET IN ANY TROUBLE (iv filled countless hard drives in my day, not one complaint, aside from my ISP saying i was sucking their bandwidh dry, haha).

downloading wont be illegal untill its illegal to even WATCH copywritten work without permish, wich will never happen. there are more little legal details that make it legal but im tired of repeating them in the forums of news articles THAT KEEP PORTRAYING DOWNLOADING AS ILLEGAL!


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22.4.2007 7:55

I wish the MPAA would release how they got these numbers, im assuming they are talking about people sharing through limewire and other p2p but i cant be sure.

32.4.2007 8:57

GO BLUE! #10 aint too shabby!

42.4.2007 9:02
The_Fiend
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...and then all these schools decided to press charges against the MPAA for putting a blemish on their reputations...
Now THAT would be hilarious.

52.4.2007 9:28

Good point The_Fiend, a very real possibility I would say. Colleges keep a very close guard on their reputations. Think of the amount they spend just to recruit elite athletes to help their reputations.

62.4.2007 13:08

Woohoo my state made #16!!

72.4.2007 13:46

Is there any coincidence that the Top 10 schools are some rather expensive universities; and you would think that the students could afford to buy the movies, but RIAA thinks they might have DEEP pockets. LMAO

82.4.2007 14:56

Haha UMass #9. Awesome! Meanwhile my friend who goes there continues to download Dead Silence.

92.4.2007 16:06

One can't help but to notice that these are some rather prestigious universities. Does this mean that the local community colleges aren't "violating copyrights" at all? Hard to believe. Hell, my little brother downloads from his high school. I know that HS students have more time than the university students for these "illegal activities."

102.4.2007 16:31

Could a "Worst High schools List" be next?... thats nothing, you should go to some kindergartens! Those kids draw out (copyrighted)characters that they have seen on tv! sue them little scally wags!

112.4.2007 16:50
gogochar
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Originally posted by diabolic:
Could a "Worst High schools List" be next?... thats nothing, you should go to some kindergartens! Those kids draw out (copyrighted)characters that they have seen on tv! sue them little scally wags!
I doubt it. Most high schools block the free portions of the internet, so it's highly improbable that they let high schoolers use Limewire, BitTorrent, or whatever else is available.
@georgeluv, sorry, but downloading copyrighted movies is, sadly, illegal.

122.4.2007 17:09
caffeine_
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UCSC FTW!!!!!!
Seriously, i was not expecting my city's university to be on there. wow.

132.4.2007 17:52

Quote:
Originally posted by diabolic:
Could a "Worst High schools List" be next?... thats nothing, you should go to some kindergartens! Those kids draw out (copyrighted)characters that they have seen on tv! sue them little scally wags!
I doubt it. Most high schools block the free portions of the internet, so it's highly improbable that they let high schoolers use Limewire, BitTorrent, or whatever else is available.
@georgeluv, sorry, but downloading copyrighted movies is, sadly, illegal.

Unfortunately, a lot of schools, including mine, block other free things too, like blogs and software like Celtx.

142.4.2007 18:01
webe123
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Quote:
Originally posted by diabolic:
Could a "Worst High schools List" be next?... thats nothing, you should go to some kindergartens! Those kids draw out (copyrighted)characters that they have seen on tv! sue them little scally wags!
I doubt it. Most high schools block the free portions of the internet, so it's highly improbable that they let high schoolers use Limewire, BitTorrent, or whatever else is available.
@georgeluv, sorry, but downloading copyrighted movies is, sadly, illegal.
It may be illegal, but NO ONE has been sued for DOWNLOADING...only UPLOADING movies, games, music, etc.

That is why newsgroups are much safer than any torrent site. You can choose to only download stuff, which puts you at far less risk that uploading even a tiny fraction of a copyrighted file...which you have no choice if you use torrents. And private torrent sites usually make you keep a good upload ratio which puts you at greater risk to get caught.

153.4.2007 7:09

1. Columbia University - 1,198
2. University of Pennsylvania - 934

both Ivy League schools, bet no indictments get filed for the students at these universities

163.4.2007 7:12

Originally posted by diabolic:

@georgeluv, sorry, but downloading copyrighted movies is, sadly, illegal.
Innocent until proven guilty = legal until proven illegal

so... please provide legal precedent to prove your point since you KNOW its illegal. i have already provided my legal precedent to prove its legal, via showing how downloading a pirate movie is no different than watching it on youtube. How many people have been sued for JUST downloading? none. how many have been arrested? none. dont you think the RIAA and MPAA are frothing at the mouth to be able to sue the downloaders? file sharing will never go away as long as the demand is so high, suing downloaders would send demand to the ground.

so, logically prove me wrong and provide case numbers, law codes and everything. you will find i am right, i have spent 7 years trying to find out if downloading is actually illegal or not and i have yet to see any evidence that it is, and i have found mounds of evidence saying its legal (basically the total lack of any legal precedent saying its illegal).

What makes you so sure its illegal anyway?
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173.4.2007 18:11
lionhart2
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aWWWWw, my state JUST missed the top ten :P

186.4.2007 9:05

LOL.. the amount of users per school are only in the hundreds? Cmon.. give us the REAL numbers. .. Maybe those are the amounts of people who don't download movies :-D

1910.4.2007 11:13

Originally posted by diabolic:

.....
It may be illegal, but NO ONE has been sued for DOWNLOADING...only UPLOADING movies, games, music, etc.

That is why newsgroups are much safer .....
OH so wrong, last year's news was full of "grandmother sued for child's downloading 1000's of songs"

best to just DL to review, then if you like then look for a reasonably priced place to purchase it from

NOTE:I do not consider $24 (about 15 pounds) for ten songs, only one of which I want, to be reasonably priced!
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 10 Apr 2007 @ 11:14

2010.4.2007 11:54

..and more profanities removed




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