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The RIAA has left alone Harvard in its file-sharing campaign, but why?

In its war against file sharing, the RIAA continues to fire off prelitigation settlement letters to a wide range of college campuses throughout the country, but one storied Ivy League institution has inexplicably been left alone. Yes, it seems the recording industry is reluctant to go after students at a little school in Cambridge, Massachusetts known as Harvard, and Ars Technica theorizes that the RIAA may fear the possibility that it might actually have to fight for once. And let’s face it. It would be a legal battle against really, really, really smart people.

Ars Technica notes that the RIAA may be trembling at the thought of targeting Harvard students because of “hostility towards the RIAA’s campaign on the part of Harvard Law School professors Charles Nesson and John Palfrey, who run the law school’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Responding to the RIAA’s claim that its litigation strategy has ‘invigorated a meaningful conversation on college campuses about music theft, its consequences and the numerous ways to enjoy legal music,’ the profs called on Harvard to not betray the ‘trust and privacy’ of its students.

You gotta love the idea that the RIAA could be running scared. Especially after it’s been engaging in a classic bully tactic by sending these letters to college students who essentially are clueless to the nature of litigation, thus scaring them into settling at a lower cost before actual lawsuits are filed.

Ars Technica goes on to say, “Should the RIAA decide to send prelitigation settlement letters to Harvard, chances are good that 1) the letters will not be passed on, and 2) some of the best and brightest at Harvard Law School will get involved in a big way.”

Bring it on.