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cnredd 11-17-2007 07:41 AM

Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else
 
Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else

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New federal legislation says universities must agree to provide not just deterrents but also "alternatives" to peer-to-peer piracy, such as paying monthly subscription fees to the music industry for their students, on penalty of losing all financial aid for their students.

The U.S. House of Representatives bill, which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians, could give the movie and music industries a new revenue stream by pressuring schools into signing up for monthly subscription services such as Ruckus and Napster. Ruckus is advertising-supported, and Napster charges a monthly fee per student.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) applauded the proposal, which is embedded in a 747-page spending and financial aid bill. "We very much support the language in the bill, which requires universities to provide evidence that they have a plan for implementing a technology to address illegal file sharing," said Angela Martinez, a spokeswoman for the MPAA.

According to the bill, if universities did not agree to test "technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity," all of their students--even ones who don't own a computer--would lose federal financial aid.
And whose in the pockets of big corporations again?!?!?...:confused:

tristanrobin 11-17-2007 10:29 AM

Re: Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else
 
Having several friends who make their living in the entertainment business, I know that SOMETHING has to be done to stop the theft of copyrighted material. I don't think this is it ... and it probably won't pass. But SOMETHING has to be done.

team_barlo 11-17-2007 02:15 PM

Re: Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else
 
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Originally Posted by tristanrobin (Post 6188)
Having several friends who make their living in the entertainment business, I know that SOMETHING has to be done to stop the theft of copyrighted material. I don't think this is it ... and it probably won't pass. But SOMETHING has to be done.

I agree that this definitely isn't it--why are colleges being targeted? Is it because of their almost exclusively young populations? C'mon! I agree that copywrited material needs to be paid for, but targeting institutions of learning just bites. I was in entertainment (granted, in my case it was mostly public) for awhile too and I also agree that the theft of material is not a good thing. Everybody in that business is not a gazillionaire and they and their families need to eat too.


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