U.S. CAMPUSES NOW UNDER STRICT REGULATIONS TO FIGHT ONLINE PIRACY

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Since October 2008, the Recording Industry Association of America said it has sent 1.8 million infringement notices to commercial internet service providers – and 269,609 to colleges and universities. But starting this month, colleges and universities that don’t do enough to combat the illegal swapping of Avatar or Lady Gaga over their computer networks put themselves at risk of losing federal funding. According to regulations that went into effect Thursday, colleges and universities must put in place plans “to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution’s network” without hampering legitimate educational and research use. Those that do not comply risk losing their eligibility for federal student aid. Read the above article for more information about the new regulations, responses of various universities, and the importance of the battle against online piracy.

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