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Central Michigan University asks regulators to shut down RIAA investigators

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 06 Aug 2008 1:40 User comments (6)

Central Michigan University asks regulators to shut down RIAA investigators MediaSentry is coming under more fire. This time it's Michigan Central University going on the offensive with a complaint to the state government. They're asking that the RIAA investigators be forced halt investigative activities until they obtain the proper licensing.
MediaSentry has insisted that they're actually exempt from the licensing requirement under Michigan law because they're only paid for their technical expertise. Despite backing this claim up, RIAA lawyers have also gone on the record characterizing MediaSentry as "not offering any expert opinions." Michigan officials have already sent a letter to MediaSentry suggesting they may need a license.

In the complaint, MCU's Assistant General Counsel asked that the Michigan Dept of Labor & Economic Growth "take immediate steps to issue a cease and desist letter to Media Sentry Demanding that they cease their ongoing investigations of Michigan residents until such time as they are properly licensed by the state."

Until earlier this year MediaSentry themselves had promoted their services for "gathering information for civil/criminal litigation." In February their website was suddenly edited to remove references to their investigations. Conveniently this happened as a wave of allegations that their activities were illegal.

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6 user comments

16.8.2008 2:25

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Until earlier this year MediaSentry themselves had promoted their services for "gathering information for civil/criminal litigation." In February their website was suddenly edited to remove references to their investigations. Conveniently this happened as a wave of allegations that their activities were illegal.

Definitely unclean hands

26.8.2008 11:06

the correct name of the institution is Central Michigan University, and it's abbreviation would be "CMU"

37.8.2008 1:36

Me thinks the bullies are getting punched in the mouth.

47.8.2008 12:27

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Until earlier this year MediaSentry themselves had promoted their services for "gathering information for civil/criminal litigation." In February their website was suddenly edited to remove references to their investigations. Conveniently this happened as a wave of allegations that their activities were illegal.

Definitely unclean hands
Agreed.

512.8.2008 0:22
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interresting huh!!!!

If you are not a licensed bussiness and you haven't had beta tester's test the software to find and fix flaws in the software then they don't have any grounds on which to search students machines

612.8.2008 12:03

Sounds as tho their efforts were OVER ZEALOUS at minimum!! I still ask what happened to all the songs that were recorded off the air waves years ago. I did it and plenty of it too!!! lol. No body came to my front door and and said hand over those recordings and your spending time in jail. lol.

I think for personal use, WHO CARES!!!! If selling (making a profit) then something may be wrong there. ;)

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