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Colleges educate about P2P

Written by Jari Ketola @ 09 Sep 2003 12:03 User comments (4)

Several colleges in the United States will be featuring freshman orientation programs that educate about their P2P policies. The recent RIAA lawsuits have most likely been the greatest motivation in the decision.
Orientations will be held at several universities, including American University in Washington, D.C., and many University of California campuses. Students at University of Denver, University of Rochester and serveral others will be instructed via e-posted campus P2P policies.

Will the recent lawsuits and education of the policies be enough to stop the students from sharing and prevent further subpoenas addressed to colleges? Probably not.


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4 user comments

19.9.2003 13:37

Okay, I'm probably preaching to the choir here. The majority of "illegal" song file sharing will stop when the music industry offers alternatives that have a price point and features that music buyers/file swappers find attractive. That doesn't mean free and it does mean files without a bunch of usage hobbling DRM restrictions. Lawsuits and other threats/hostile actions by the RIAA will only drive people away from legitimate music purchases. Boy, that's Rocket science.

We mustn't lower ourselves to the level of those we loathe, lest we become loathsome ourselves.

210.9.2003 8:31

Actually I think RIAA´s scare tactics have a chance of having an impact. The media is certaily starting to devote some serious attention to the recent lawsuits. I disagree that the majority of swappers of copyrighted material will switch over to legal alternatives if/once those become available. If you can get something free, why should you pay for it? I can imagine there are a number of people who think along those lines.

310.9.2003 10:59

Ghostdog, I basically agree with your observations, at least as things are now. As it becomes more inconvenient/difficult/risky to download "free" music and the market drives the prices of pay services into line I think there will be a gradual switch to "legit" services. If content "owners" and Microsoft and it's "trusted" computer platform syndicate get their way, you won't have much choice (in a lot of ways).

We mustn't lower ourselves to the level of those we loathe, lest we become loathsome ourselves.

410.9.2003 12:15

Yes. If illegal p2p usage becomes as dangerous as walking in to a music store and stealing an album, then will see the immediate fall of such activities. And the fall of services like Kazaa. I think that as long as the US is just one country with it´s own laws, and as long as other regions stick to their own laws, p2p usage will continue.

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