Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Rights and Reason: Colleges Move to Stop File-Swapping

Alex Veiga of the AP reports that colleges are moving to prevent intellectual property theft on campus:

Students arriving for fall classes at colleges across the country are facing technological hurdles and stern warnings aimed at ending swapping of music and movie files over high-speed campus Internet connections.

Several of the universities are responding to a recording industry campaign to control the rampant copying of files over peer-to-peer networks.

Among other things, campuses are distributing brochures, running ads in student newspapers and devoting school Web pages to information on copyright infringement.

Some are even using software to choke the amount of data that can flow in or out of a computer when students use Kazaa and other file-sharing programs.

"We're feeling a great deal of pressure as a result of what the entertainment industry is doing, and we're stepping up a lot of activities to address it," said Jim Davis, associate vice chancellor for information technology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
As they should, because it is their networks that students use to loot IP.

No college could long exist if intellectual property was not protected. That some of the most egregious IP theft takes place on college networks should be reason enough for colleges to take the lead to address the implications of this theft.

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