Following in the footsteps of the RIAA, which has aggressively targeted college campuses with legal threats and, in some cases, lawsuits as well, school is now in session for the MPAA too, TorrentFreak reports.
Up to this point it has been the burden of individual movie studios to send out infringement notices, but now the MPAA is stepping in and, according to TorrentFreak, "will notify all college and university presidents about this upcoming policy change, and at the same time the movie industry outfit will urge institutions to do whatever they can to stop illegal downloading on their campus networks."
Helping the MPAA to boldly go where it was reluctant to go before, this past July the U.S. made it a requirement for colleges and universities to actively stop illegal file sharing or risk losing federal funding. In the letter being sent out to university heads, the MPAA makes sure to remind them of this, while also making an emotional appeal.
"More than 2.4 million workers in all 50 states depend on the entertainment industry for their jobs," the letter states. "Online theft is a job-killer that also reduces the number of opportunities for graduates of your institution to make a living in the creative sectors."