RIAA 1, Badgers 0: Judge Orders University of Wisconsin-Madison To Turn Over Student IDs

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been ordered by a federal judge to hand over the names and contact information of the 53 UW students accused of file sharing over the university’s networks. From the Wisconsin State Journal:

On Tuesday, 16 record companies represented by the Recording Industry Association of America filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking the names associated with 53 Internet connections for copyright infringement. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Shabaz signed an order requiring UW-Madison to relinquish the names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and Media Access Control addresses for each of the 53 individuals.

UW had initially declined to forward the “settlement” letters to their students, preferring to wait for a court order. The RIAA record companies responded by filing 53 “John Doe” lawsuits against the UW students. “We had every indication that they were going to be going in this direction,” said Ken Frazier, interim chief information officer at UW-Madison. “It’s the step the RIAA would have to take to get the identity of a user of our network.” “We continue to be really concerned for students,” he said. “The prospect of being sued in federal court is a really scary one.”

Looks like the RIAA is winning.—MEGHANN MARCO

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