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UAA slows campus Web speed to fight illegal downloads
Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 2nd, 2011 08 | MARY PEMBERTON

Posted on 12/02/2011 11:28:02 AM PST by skeptoid

The groan is almost audible coming from dormitory rooms at UAA.

The university is intentionally slowing the speed of Internet connections in all on- campus dorm rooms to prevent students from infringing on copyrights when downloading movies, music and videos, a move first reported by UAA's student newspaper, The Northern Light.

(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; internet
. . . . Whitney has been swamped by complaints from the entertainment industry about the illegal downloads, reaching 878 in 2010. The complaints are on pace to set a record this year. He said over 95 percent of the complaints were being generated by illegal downloads being conducted in on-campus residence halls.

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They are slowing from 10mbps to 2mbps.

1 posted on 12/02/2011 11:28:15 AM PST by skeptoid
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To: skeptoid

We need to outlaw the Interwebs because it makes it difficult for obsolete business models to survive.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 11:31:03 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: skeptoid

Just means that illegal downloads will be like a ronco chuicken rotisserie; Just set it and forget it!

You’ll see an increase in bandwidth use in the overnight hours while the kids are sleeping (one off!)


3 posted on 12/02/2011 11:32:13 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: skeptoid

Time to crank it back even further to dial up speeds like 56k or 14.4k! Maybe 110 or 300 baud will teach them!


4 posted on 12/02/2011 11:33:57 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: skeptoid

I got more dl’s than I know what to do with. :)


5 posted on 12/02/2011 11:34:18 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (1/3/2012-Iowa 1/10-Newt Hampshire 1/21-South Carolina 1/31-Florida)
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To: skeptoid

If you cannot enforce a law on infringement without infringing on everyone, then the law is no longer valid.

RIP DMCA


6 posted on 12/02/2011 11:36:21 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Just means that illegal downloads will be like a ronco chuicken rotisserie; Just set it and forget it!

ROFL!

7 posted on 12/02/2011 11:40:22 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

When downloading material is as easy as breathing the air, a law making it allegedly illegal is like making it illegal to breathe “someone else’s” air.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 11:41:35 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: skeptoid

I’m surprised the IT guys don’t employ internet filtering or even QOS traffic shaping based on protocol and portnumbers. So for example, anyone using Bittorrent would have reduced speeds while anyone surfing the net, watching Youtube, playing online games, etc. wouldn’t notice any reduction in speed.


9 posted on 12/02/2011 11:46:44 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I remember at 56k it took 6 hours to download an album in 2001.
Was not impractical then. Inconvenient but not impractical now.


10 posted on 12/02/2011 11:48:00 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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At the beginning of the recording industry the means of production and distribution were expensive. Recording studios invested a lot of money, and got a return on their investment.

Now that anybody with a PC and Cakewalk can produce the same quality product and distribute it for free, that business model no longer applies.

The money isn't going to the artists, anyway. It goes to the RIAA and big corporations.

11 posted on 12/02/2011 11:53:39 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: skeptoid

Is that kind of like changing out all your pipes to a smaller diameter?


12 posted on 12/02/2011 11:56:05 AM PST by samtheman
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
At the beginning of the recording industry the means of production and distribution were expensive. Recording studios invested a lot of money, and got a return on their investment.

Now that anybody with a PC and Cakewalk can produce the same quality product and distribute it for free, that business model no longer applies.

The money isn't going to the artists, anyway. It goes to the RIAA and big corporations.

13 posted on 12/02/2011 11:56:22 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: skeptoid
According to another article, this is more about downloading movies illegally than it is about music:

 

UAA's Internet pirates love their "Harry Potter"

That according to a sampling of the movies, music and video games that copyright holders reported stolen from Internet addresses at the Anchorage campus. Of about 30 recent cases of illegal downloads, six were for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two," according to the University of Alaska. Among the other illegal downloads: reported at UAA:

• "The Adjustment Bureau"

• "Conan the Barbarian"

• "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" (video game)

• "Kung Fu Panda 2"

• "Paranormal Activity 2"

• "Water for Elephants"

• "Megamind"

• "Rio"

• "Big Sean: Finally Famous" (album)

• "Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown"

Copyright holders reported 75 illegal downloads in November at the UAA campus and another 35 at the UAF campus.
Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/12/01/2198477/uaa-slows-down-internet-to-fight.html#ixzz1fPOjhEGU


14 posted on 12/02/2011 11:59:07 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: skeptoid

Students can easily get around this by going to WalMart and buying CDs and DVDs.


15 posted on 12/02/2011 12:01:49 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Last year I bought a music CD off of Amazon.com. When it arrived it was burned on a Lightscribe disc so I sent a message to the company about it being a copy.

It turned out the “company” was the actual artist and he mailed me a signed CD cover.

16 posted on 12/02/2011 12:04:18 PM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Last year I bought a music CD off of Amazon.com. When it arrived it was burned on a Lightscribe disc so I sent a message to the company about it being a copy.

It turned out the “company” was the actual artist and he mailed me a signed CD cover.

17 posted on 12/02/2011 12:04:39 PM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: sergeantdave

Or buying a subscription to Netflix or Amazon or Blockbuster. Each site has unlimited streaming.


18 posted on 12/02/2011 12:05:28 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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Run it overnight then. I’ve downloaded 20 GB beta versions of the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO a couple of times the past few months overnight, no problem, and I don’t even get 2 Mbps out of my cable connect at home.

This will do nothing but slightly inconvenience the students. It won’t put much of a dent in their downloading.

}:-)4


19 posted on 12/02/2011 12:06:20 PM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: sergeantdave
I pay $8/mo for Netflix streaming video and $10/mo for Rhapsody. I consider the price very reasonable.
20 posted on 12/02/2011 12:10:18 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: skeptoid

Not all that unusual. We do the same sort of thing at the college where I work. It’s all about walking that line. You can’t block everything because some might be legal or legitimate. So we throttle things down to a speed that is completely unacceptable for the casual downloader. Students can’t complain that we are blocking them and the copyright lawyers can’t complain that we aren’t doing something prevent the piracy.


21 posted on 12/02/2011 12:18:40 PM PST by NerdDad ("I don't dislike Obama because he's black -- I don't like his white half either." N. Boortz)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

“So for example, anyone using Bittorrent would have reduced speeds while anyone surfing the net, watching Youtube, playing online games, etc. wouldn’t notice any reduction in speed.”

That’s what they will do because they don’t want to adversely affect the other so-called “legitimate” usage. A VPN tunneled through SSH, for example, can circumvent a Bittorrent throttle. Some of them will still get the throughput they need that way for their torrents and the download traffic won’t implicate the school.


22 posted on 12/02/2011 12:56:30 PM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Meanwhile, YouTube is a virtual jukebox, any song you can think of is pretty much out there.


23 posted on 12/02/2011 1:00:22 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Time to crank it back even further to dial up speeds like 56k or 14.4k! Maybe 110 or 300 baud will teach them!

I'm reminded of those days on a daily basis at F.R.

I have cable internet and lightening fast speeds everywhere except here. (And, yes, I'm already a monthly donor.)

24 posted on 12/02/2011 1:30:00 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: mikey_hates_everything

Meanwhile, they’re punishing everybody, including those who know pirated software, music and movies is illegal. This is exactly what net neutrality entails, which I am totally against.


25 posted on 12/02/2011 1:35:25 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: skeptoid

I love this one kid’s comment (whine) at the website:

I’ve got a better way to deal with piracy at UAA: Ignore it. It doesn’t hurt anyone. Study after study have shown that it doesn’t harm the income of the artists who create digital content, and some musicians vocally support piracy of their own work. Digital piracy is not morally comparable to stealing — the real wrong in actual stealing is that, when you steal something from someone, they don’t have it anymore. Piracy is just making a copy for yourself. This anti-piracy crusade is really about supporting a cottage industry of worthless lawyers who want to squeeze money out of cash-strapped students and universities and give it to themselves and the record labels. They’re worthless, money-grubbing middlemen. It’s insane for UAA to restrict everyone’s technology in order to feed that scam.


26 posted on 12/02/2011 1:47:40 PM PST by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: dfwgator
All you need is http://www.youtube-mp3.org/.
27 posted on 12/02/2011 2:05:58 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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