Skip to comments.Democrats: Colleges must police copyright, or else
Posted on 11/11/2007 11:55:48 AM PST by steel_resolve
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 (PDF), 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.
That is an oddly passive story. WHO in the U.S. House introduced this legislation, and who is co-sponsoring it? The bill did not just introduce itself. There IS human involvement. What is the bill number, and what is its status?
Well Hollywood/entertainment industry still pull the strings in DC.
Just buy it online from Russia.
Legal. About 6-7 times less than what you’d pay for it in a store. Even 2-4 times less than what you’d pay on sale at Amazon. And you can get individual songs.
It’s what I do.
Cheez - what business is it of the school’s to deter music piracy? Is the music supposedly pirated required for any of their classes? Does it have anything to do with student security? Just another excuse to raise tuition fees, so the democrats in congress can lobby for more federal funding of college fees.
Dem payback to all the socialist and communist America-haters in the entertainment industry. Next-up: Same thing for videos
I like it. Perhaps our younger generation will learn what happens when the government sticks their noses in our business. Congress has gone after smokers, drug companies, oil companies and a whole spat of no-fat and gun laws. Now maybe these kids will learn it does not stop where they thought it would.
Which the colleges will turn around and tack onto every students bill, whether they use the service or not. Typical democrat proposal, the honest students are forced to subsidize the activities of the dishonest ones...
Good grief, threatening to destroy a college because the MPAA and RIAA thinks its not getting all the profits it should be getting from kids? We are in trouble as a country folks. The circuses are suddenly more important than the bread?
Too much coffee.
Too little coffee.
Never enough money...
The list is endless.
I’d be worried the site wouldn’t be legit...
You just have to go to the two reputable ones. They’ve been long-established.
I’ve done business with them numerous times. Never a problem.
Somehow I think conservatives will get blamed for this even though #1 It’s a Democrat Congress and #2 Both the music industry and Hollywood and lib controlled.
If they decide to roll back copyright terms to a more reasonable 28 years, I’d consider paying attention to copyrights again.
That's what I've been saying ever since I knew there were three branches of the Federal government.