The University of Georgia and its students are raising awareness of the risks of illegally downloading music or other media and promoting legal alternatives. A panel discussion called "Face the Music" on the topic will be held Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in room 248 of the Student Learning Center (a.k.a. Student Learning Castle). The diverse panel includes a UGA student who was threatened with legal action for downloading, a musician, a professor, a representative from a music downloading company, and media types.
The panel is being organized by the Do It Legally campaign, a group of students in the public relations campaigns course taught by Professor Kaye Sweetser. This campaign is sponsored by the university's Committee on Digital Media Downloading which has members from several departments and the Student Government Association. The university is interested in curbing the use of its network for illegal downloads. Although the university does not monitor its networks for such activities, it has to respond to certain legal requests from the recording industry when it seeks to identify users targeted in lawsuits.