Campus police at a US university have confiscated the computer of a 19 year-old student following claims that he was distributing downloaded MP3 music files. He is believed to have downloaded the files from music sharing website Napster.
Police at the Oklahoma State University found that the student, who may be charged with copyright breaches, had allegedly obtained and made available more than 1000 music files.
According to reports, US trade body the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) notified officials that the student could face copyright infringement charges.
The RIAA, which has also filed copyright suits against Napster and MP3.com, runs a campaign called Soundbyting, which aims to raise awareness among college students about reproducing and distributing music illegally.
According to Frank Creighton, RIAA senior vice president and director of anti-piracy, the body's anti-piracy efforts have begun to produce significant results in the internet and CD-R arenas.
During the first half of this year, the RIAA contacted over 4500 US online music sites for illegally offering copyrighted material via internet service providers.
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