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Unread 2010-08-06, 9:54   #1
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"College students who download music and movies from peer-to-peer file-sharing programs such as LimeWire and KaZaA will find themselves cut off when they return to campus this fall.

Every college across the country must either have installed software to block illegal file-sharing or have created some other procedure for preventing it. The requirement is part of the 2008 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which took effect July 1.

Some schools have been working to comply with the provisions for several years.

Under the law, student violators face fines from $750 to $30,000 for each song or movie downloaded. If a court determines the infringement was "willful," that fine can be as much as $250,000, although some judges have reduced higher fines, saying they're unreasonable. Schools' liability is limited if they cooperate with law enforcement.

Campus punishments vary. The University of North Carolina website lists expulsion as a possible consequence. Vassar College requires first-time offenders to perform 20 hours of "sanctioned service" and pay a $25 fine. Second-time offenders face double the service requirements, double the fines and loss of Internet access, says spokesman Jeff Kosmacher." (More)
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Unread 2010-08-06, 13:44   #2
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Wait, is this article from 4 years ago? Limewire and Kazaa? Kazaa as a filesharing service was killed in 2006. Just this week it came back as a pay/streaming service, and a bad one at that (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/tech...d-but-why.html).
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