Universities' High-speed Internet2 Used by Students to Pilfer Music

Cary Sherman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 05, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

RIAA head Cary Sherman penned this appeal in a Pittsburgh newspaper urging the city's universities to join a commercial music download service in order to counter file sharing, and activity which, he asserts, has now spread to Internet 2. Carnegie Mellon's Roger Dannenberg fired back a letter attacking Sherman's article and saying, in essence, "Lower your prices and pay your artists and we may have something to talk about." I would also question the veracity of Sherman's figures; with the rise of podcasting and other forms of free media, an increasing number of supposedly 'illegally shared' files are actually legitimate, and quite legal, downloads. Via Wired Campus blog (here and here).
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