Face to Face with a DMCA Enforcer
This article is a stellar read. A college student is called onto the carpet for copyright violations using Boston University's network and meets with the guy responsible for spying on BU's students and enforcing the ham-handed Digital Millenium Copyright Act...
A few days ago I went to check my BU webmail and noticed I had received a letter titled “COPYRIGHT VIOLATION: PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID DISCIPLINARY ACTION”. I didn’t have time to deal with it, closed the window and figured I’d deal with it once spring break was over. When I get back to school, though, I find I can’t log in to my email, can’t look at my financial status, can’t look at my course materials. This makes it essentially impossible to continue as a Boston University student. I went to the IT office to get it sorted out.
I give them my ID and account name, so the guy at the desk makes a call. I’m ushered into the messy office a man with slicked back gray hair, a police plaque on the wall and bottle of Johnny Walker Blue on his desk. There is a ten inch stack of papers with the blue RIAA logo on the top. The man is James H. Stone, Director, Consulting Services, High Technology Crime Investigator, and as he later claims, “DMCA Enforcer.” Sounds like a really crap superhero.
I found this gem on boingboing.