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OSU is Ranked #1… at pirating music online

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The Dispatch wrote OSU ranks No. 1 for music-piracy warnings

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

BY ENCARNACION PYLE

Ohio State University usually likes to lead the pack when it comes to Top 25 lists, but not this time. According to the music industry, Ohio State has received 2,336 letters about students pirating music during the past school year – more than any other college nationwide.

“It gives us a broad snapshot of the extent to which piracy is a problem on a campus,” said Cara Duckworth, spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America, which is based in Washington, D.C.

Ohio State officials speculated that they received so many notices because OSU is the largest school in the country, with about 60,000 students. However, Ohio State didn’t make the recording industry association’s first list of top offenders, which tallied notices from Sept. 1, 2007, to Nov. 9, 2007.

Although students are primarily the ones involved in the music piracy, offenders could be anyone at the universities with access to the computer system.

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