The RIAA's tactics in its lawsuits against college students and universities are being challenged by the University of Oregon. Bloomberg and the Tennessean report that the University has filed in court, claiming the RIAA is using illegal techniques to gather information in its fight against online piracy among students.
"The larger issue may not be whether students are sharing copyrighted music, but whether plaintiffs' investigative techniques and litigation techniques are appropriate," Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers said on behalf of the university in the federal court filing in Eugene, OR.
The RIAA obtained the University's IP addresses via file-sharing Web sites thanks to investigators from MediaSentry, Inc. from SafeNet Inc. The University of Oregon claims that the company does not have a license to seek out such information, according to the court filing. It has filed a motion to block the RIAA's subpoena, making it the first school to challenge the organization's crackdown on campus file sharing.