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Cops Confiscate Student’s Computer

September 16, 2000

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Campus police at Oklahoma State University confiscated a student’s computer over allegations from the recording industry that it was used to distribute copyrighted material.

Everett Eaton, director of public safety at Oklahoma State, said Friday that police seized a computer from a 19-year-old male student’s room on Sept. 5. Earlier that day, the Recording Industry Association of America had notified the school about the alleged distributions.

Authorities identified the computer through a campus computer center, Eaton said.

His department obtained a search warrant from Payne County District Court and took the computer from the student’s room, Eaton said.

He declined to identify the student because he had not been arrested.

Seized were a monitor, keyboard, two CD recorders, a scanner and a printer. Police alleged that the student allowed visitors to download music files and some movies through a FTP server site, Eaton said.

The case is still under investigation. He said his staff will copy information from the hard drive. The association would identify copyright material.

Copyright infringement can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the number of infractions, Eaton said.

Amy Weiss, a spokeswoman for the recording association, said investigators for the organization monitor the Internet for possible piracy.

``We want the material taken down,″ Weiss said. ``We leave it up to the college and university to determine how this is done.″

The recording industry has sued a number of companies for allegedly infringing copyrights through the distribution of music on the Internet, most notably Napster and MP3.com.


On the Net:

Recording Industry Association of America: http://www.riaa.com/

Oklahoma State University: http://pio.okstate.edu/

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