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RIAA prepares for legal action
'U' recieves more
illegal music use
By Breeanna Hare
For the Daily
Several file-sharers on campus
are on the verge of lawsuits with the
Recording Industry Association of
America in a second round of legal
action involving the University.
As of Jan. 27, the University
has once again been notified of
impending lawsuits against ille-
gal file-sharers, University Assis-
tant General Council Jack Bernard
said. The RIAA will be submitting
a subpoena requiring the Univer-
sity to release the identities of three
individuals who may have illegally
shared files over the University net-
work, he said.
The University will not release
the identities behind the IP addresses
until the subpoena has been proven
valid, Bernard said. Once it reaches
that point, he added, the Universi-
ty's hands are tied and it is legally
compelled to release the informa-
tion. The individuals then must deal
directly with the RIAA.
The RIAA issued the newest
round of lawsuits against 717 file-
sharers nationwide Jan. 24 in the lat-
est attempt to eliminate file-sharing.
Sixty-eight of the total file sharers
utilized networks at 23 universities
across the nation.
The RIAA's move is reminiscent
of the lawsuits filed last January
against nine University-affiliated
individuals for the same infractions.
All nine settled the dispute out of
court for unspecified amounts.
The RIAA lawsuits targeted indi-
viduals who shared a large amount
of copyrighted music through peer-
to-peer networks, which allow oth-
ers to download files from someone
The RIAA is only able to detect
illegal file-sharing if the user is
allowing other sharers to access his
files. However, because of the ever-
evolving technology of systems like
See RIAA, Page 3
'WE ARE NO LONGER INVISIBLE'
By Carissa Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
In a move that echoed the develop-
ments of its 2002 contract negotiations,
the Graduate Employees' Organiza-
tion voted last night to extend its con-
tract with the University until Feb. 24.
Through this extension, GEO members
hope to continue negotiations with the
University, which have been ongoing for
the last few months.
Aron Boros, a member of GEO's bar-
gaining team, said GEO and the Univer-
sity have been slowly moving through
the 26 articles of the GEO contract
since negotiations began in November.
He said GEO is making small gains, but
the bargaining team needs more time to
push its demands.
By a vote of 245:1, union members
voted to support the bargaining team's
recommendation to extend their con-
tract and continue negotiations in hopes
of coming to an agreement acceptable
to GEO. If GEO members had not
voted in favor of the extension, gradu-
ate student instructors would go into
work and future bargaining without a
-contract, thus losing certain protections
their contract affords, Boros said.
"I am happy to go back to the bar-
gaining table with the confidence of
the membership and optimism of the
future," Boros said.
Prior to the meeting, University
spokeswoman Julie Peterson said the
University had asked GEO to consider
an extension on the contract and was
hopeful that the union would agree to a
"Bargaining is progressing, but it
would be good to have more time to
work through all the issues that are up
for discussion," Peterson said. "I think
(an extension) is a sign that the parties
are still working together and are mov-
ing in a positive direction."
Peterson also said that it is quite nor-
mal to extend the deadline and that it is
hard to complete the bargaining in such
a short time period because of the num-
ber of proposals GEO has made, as well
as scheduling obstacles.
See GEO, Page 3
City delays plans
Walter Mosley gives the closing lecture at the 18th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium at the Rackham Auditorium yesterday.
Mosley spoke about blacks being able to relate to the antagonism felt by the terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11 because they
have faced oppression by the U.S. government.
MLK speaker encourages activism
Council to further
discuss design to
add vendor space
By Leslie Rott
Daily Staff Reporter
Times change. But when it comes
to Ann Arbor's Farmers Market, the
city and farmers from around Michi-
gan are split on how much change is
a good thing.
For more than two years, the city has
been drafting a plan to revamp Farmers
Market. However, due to strong public
opposition and concern, the plan has
Currently, the market is arranged in
the shape of an "E," with three aisles
branching off from the main aisle.
Originally, the main change proposed
was to eliminate the middle aisle and
add another that connects the two out-
side aisles to create a circular flow. This
would allow customers to walk around
the entire market - with the potential of
increasing business for all vendors.
However, due to the strong public
presence of those opposed to the plan,
at the Ann Arbor City Council meeting
on Jan. 18, the council decided by a vote
of 7-4 to "accept" rather than "approve"
the Farmer's Market Master Plan, which
outlines all the changes proposed to the
market by Johnson Hill Land Ethics Stu-
dio - the architectural team working on
"We agreed to use it (the Master Plan)
as a basis for further discussion, while
not approving anything specifically in
the plan," Councilwoman Jean Carlberg
(D-3rd Ward) said.
But the architectural team was less
optimistic about the vote.
"It sounds like starting over to me....
It sounds like throwing $80,000 away,"
said Jamison Brown, director of design
The changes outlined in the master
plan would also add 29 additional stalls
for vendors, while keeping all the current
parking spaces, as requested by the city.
Further proposed alterations include
an increase in the overall usability of the
space, improved water quality with the
addition of a water recycling system and
The hope of JHLE is that the market
will no longer be used as a parking lot
on nonmarket days, but rather as a func-
tional space for everyone in the commu-
nity to use.
"Instead of a market in a parking
lot, there could be a market in a park,"
JHLE wrote in the Nov. 10 draft of the
See MARKET, Page 7
By Karl Stampfl
Daily Staff Reporter
Author Walter Mosley told a story last night about
how he almost backed out of delivering the closing
lecture of the 18th annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Symposium because he did not welcome the
"I called my publicist and asked her to get out of
coming here," Mosley said during his lecture in Rack-
ham Auditorium. His publicist told him that she would
not get involved because he had already made the com-
Mosley did not want to come, he said, because he
was aware of the risks of bearing witness, which would
become the title of his speech. Bearing witness, he
explained, is speaking out against cultural standards
and for what you believe in.
"When we stand up for ourselves to bear witness
we are alone and vulnerable," Mosley said. "We are no
Mosley, a black activist and author of the Easy Rawl-
ins mystery novels, said he is dedicated to encouraging
activism within the black community. With his book
"What's Next?" - his response to the war on terror-
ism - he tried to ignite a black peace movement. He
said he believes black people have seen the negative
side of America through their own oppression and are
capable of changing the world for the better.
After Sept. 11, Mosley, whose apartment overlooks
the World Trade Center site, said he talked to thousands
of black people on the phone about the events. While
all displayed patriotism, horror and sadness, only one
black person was surprised that someone would want
to attack the United States. Unlike most white Ameri-
cans, Mosley said, black Americans can understand
the terrorists' antagonism toward the United States
because of their own history of grievances with the
See MOSLEY, Page 7
Speakers recall struggles
in occupied territories
By Rachel Kruer
Daily Staff Reporter
It was when his classmates began to spit at him that
Rackham student Omar Halawa realized that he felt he
could no longer live openly as a Palestinian in Kuwait.
Overnight, Halawa went from rarely ever facing discrimi-
nation to having to hide his Palestinian identity.
"My mother told me that Iraq had invad-
ed Kuwait. That's like someone telling an
American your friendly northern neighbor, Canada,
had just invaded," he said.
Halawa was one of two speakers sharing his personal
flict, LSA sophomore and Israeli Student Organization
spokesman Orrin Pail said the event presented more of
a one-sided view.
Absent from the speakers' discussion was any credit to
the Israeli government for granting Palestinians freedoms
"He presented only on side of the story, and his outlook
on the future is very pessimistic," Pail said.
In contrast to Hawala's story of living with a concealed
identity in Kuwait, the other speaker, Rackham student
Bashar Tarabieh has lived under territory occupied by the
Tarabieh shared his personal narrative of living in
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