Record Industry Wants UW, WWU Students To Pay For Music Downloads

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington and Western Washington University have taken different approaches to lawsuits against students accused of illegally sharing digital music.

Western has forwarded 15 letters to students, but the UW is holding 16 letters to be more certain about who is responsible for using university connections for downloading.

The Recording Industry Association of America has sent 4,400 letters to 158 colleges demanding $3,000 to $5,000 to settle each copyright infringement lawsuit.

Western Washington University spokesman John Lawson says it gave the letters to students so they would know about the pending lawsuits.

A University of Washington official, Eric Godfrey, says it won’t deliver the letters if there’s any question about who downloaded songs on shared computers.