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Colleges Risk Losing Federal Funding If They Don't Fight Piracy 285

crimeandpunishment writes "The US government is making colleges and universities join in the fight against digital piracy by threatening to pull federal funding. Beginning this month, a provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires colleges to have plans to combat unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials on their networks. Colleges that don't do enough could lose their eligibility for federal student aid. 'Their options include taking steps to limit how much bandwidth can be consumed by peer-to-peer networking, monitoring traffic, using a commercial product to reduce or block illegal file sharing or "vigorously" responding to copyright infringement notices from copyright holders.'"
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Colleges Risk Losing Federal Funding If They Don't Fight Piracy

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  • But even doing that can cost alot just for the hard where.

    The 'hard' is where? And why does it cost so much?

    You didn't think you'd walk away from that did ya?

  • by eln ( 21727 ) on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:25PM (#32779950)
    My school doesn't have computers, so I have someone at another university send the pirated movies to me bit by bit via morse code. I then transcribe this onto paper. I then get the art department to decode the bits by hand and draw each frame by hand onto gigantic sheets of paper. We then assemble all of these sheets into a gigantic flip book which we hang on the wall of the student union. We then have the A/V club flip the sheets rapidly while the rest of us watch the "movie". It's a difficult process, and we had a rash of suicides after expending all that effort just to see how crappy The Last Airbender was, but it works pretty well most of the time.

    You insensitive clod.
  • you libertarian idiots would be good comic relief if you weren't so dangerously serious with your stupidity

    yes: corporations corrupt the government, just as you say

    therefore, the job is to remove the corruption from the government, so THE ONLY TOOL YOU HAVE AGAINST CORPORATIONS works better for you. see how that works?

    but no. you libertarian retards want to DESTROY government, thereby freeing corporations up from pesky regulations, and able to rape your rights even more than they already do. wtf?

    look at your comment, look at your OWN stupid comment: you KNOW that the source of the problem here is a CORPORATE ENTITY. you say so yourself. you see the RIAA and the MPAA puling the strings. you KNOW them to be the source of the problem. you see the corporate entity infecting the government

    yet instead of seeing this problem as what it is: an obvious example of corporations abusing power, somehow, magically, in your mind, it becomes an example of GOVERNMENT abuse



    how the FUCK does that happen inside your head?

    fact, solid rock of gibraltar fact: if you remove government power, the vacuum is replaced by corporations. an entity that you have no recourse to control and is not beholden to you in any way

    fact, solid rock of gibraltar fact: every abuse you see governments doing that you dislike, if the government is whittled down libertarian morons, then the SAME abuses will continue to be committed, but by corporations instead. you do see that simple obvious truth, right?

    and then add to that list of abuses you dislike a whole new list of abuses an unregulated, unrestrained corporate entity is now free and happy to inflict on you in their quest for profit at any cost to your liberties

    that's the truth. that really is truth

    why the FUCK can't you libertarian retards see that?

  • Yes We Can! (Score:3, Funny)

    by masmullin ( 1479239 ) <> on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:58PM (#32780402)

    Obama: Where "Yes we can" means "No you cannot!"

  • Luckily... (Score:5, Funny)

    by blind biker ( 1066130 ) on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:59PM (#32780422) Journal

    ...we have a good guy on our side in the White House. Obama will surely strike this down, pronto.

  • by Frater 219 ( 1455 ) on Friday July 02, 2010 @06:22PM (#32780670) Journal

    ... a small one. Here's what our policy to prevent piracy would have been:

    Please don't pirate stuff too much. If we get notices saying that you're pirating stuff and asking you to quit, we'll call you in to the office and give them to you. If we get court orders telling us to give them your name, we'll probably have to do that, since we can't afford lawyers much.

    If you really have to pirate stuff, please at least try to leech it off of your friends on the LAN rather than flooding our dinky little Internet uplink. Because if you do that, we'll probably end up blocking your IP address for a while so that email and our Debian updates can get in.

    And while you're at it, here's the address of the porn server that some freshman set up. Get your porn over there, please don't mirror all of over our connection.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 02, 2010 @06:38PM (#32780838)

    > Colleges Risk Losing Federal Funding If They Don't Fight Piracy

    Yeah. They'd better send some ships to the Somalian coast.

  • by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Friday July 02, 2010 @07:22PM (#32781346)

    bleh, um, I misclicked and posted my reply to the wrong post. Curse my touchscreen phone.

    Just avoid holding it that way!

  • by ub3r n3u7r4l1st ( 1388939 ) * on Saturday July 03, 2010 @02:27AM (#32783676)

    Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise is FREE from MSDNAA, and it is so easy to use that your department can hire undergraduate students to be SysAdmin, which means you can just pay them $9/hour and save all these personnel cost!

"The pathology is to want control, not that you ever get it, because of course you never do." -- Gregory Bateson