Congress Threatens To Enact New Laws, Withhold Funds If Colleges Don’t Stop P2P

“Members of the House Science and Technology Committee heard from university officials and technology “experts” on different methods available to reduce illegal file-sharing on campus networks.

“Illegal file-sharing isn’t just about royalty fees. It clogs campus networks and interferes with the educational and research mission of universities,” said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN). “It wastes resources that could have gone to laboratories, classrooms and equipment. And it is teaching a generation of college students that it’s alright to steal music.”

Witnesses testified on the extent to which these technologies reduced illegal fil-sharing, and also technological issues surrounding them, such as privacy and impacts on speed and reliability of campus networks.

They urged university authorities to conduct more aggressive educational campaigns and to use more effective network filters to reduce the problem, otherwise they may have to take matters into their own hands. ”

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