Campus Downloading Crackdown

Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, Mar 01, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The RIAA is attempting to convert universities into its own private enforcement arm (a lot the way librarians act as muscle for publishers). "We take this opportunity to once again ask schools to be proactive to step up and accept responsibility for the activities of students on their networks. It's not a legal responsibility, but a moral responsibility, as educators, as leaders transmitting values to their students." I think that the music industry has a lot of gall talking about morality. Here is the RIAA letter to university presidents. And here is the response sent back by David Ward, president of the American Council on Education (ACE). He writes, of 'technical solutions' proposed by RIAA, that "we believe the term 'solution' overstates the capacities of current technologies." More from E-Commerce Times.
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