MPAA Going After Universities
The Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, has decided to focus its sights on universities in the country. The goal is likely to cut off a larger number of pirates than by going after individuals. The MPAA hopes to use the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 to persuade the schools to cut off file sharers from network access. The MPAA can't do anything to enforce the law, but can attempt to convince lawmakers to threaten to pull federal funding from the school. Part of the HEOA is that universities take steps to curb piracy and copyright infringement. The MPAA is following in the footsteps of the RIAA, which has already started to send letters to some schools. Some of them have tried to fight back to protect students and said that they couldn't track students based on IP addresses.