Does this mean students are ramping up their file sharing activities?
No, says a reliable source, stating, “There’s no identifiable spike in bandwidth usage at the campus level.”
Now some higher education authorities associated with the so-called Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities are demanding an explanation, we understand.
The JCHEEC was created to give the appearance that movie and music companies are working and cooperating with schools across America.
In fact, through their MPAA and RIAA, Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney, aka Hollywood, and the Big 4 record labels are working against them, using school administrators as copyright cops to try intimidate students into becoming compliant consumers of corporate ‘product’.
The source says she doesn’t know if the sudden upsurge is tied to the entertainment cartel inspired HR 4137, which calls for mandatory anti-file sharing obligations for universities, “but it’s not an outlandish thought”.
Two pages of the 800-page act would hold schools responsible for file sharing that takes place mostly off-campus, and also make them responsible for installing so-called filters to block anything not approved by the RIAA or MPAA.
“The House of Representatives passed HR 4137, the College Opportunity and Affordability Act, a sweeping bill that among many other things requires every college and university to develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property as well as a plan to explore technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity,” said Educause’s Mark Luker, recently, going on >>>
These requirements are ill conceived and would be harmful to higher education if passed into law. The legal online services they imagine are immature and have been rejected by student communities on many campuses, even when offered at no charge.
The technological deterrents they imagine are unproved and expensive, do not work well in practice, and repeatedly have been rejected by campus experts looking for real solutions. It is unclear how these plans will be evaluated for compliance with the law or by whom (for example, by the Secretary of Education). It is also unclear what penalties will be applied to campuses whose plans are found not to be in compliance.
Once campuses are required by law to make such plans, it is only a matter of time before they will be required to implement them. Together these requirements will increase the cost of higher education by hundreds of millions of dollars without solving the problem of copyright infringement on campus networks.
Recent statistical corrections show that campus networks are responsible for less than 3% of the financial losses claimed by the MPAA. We need your help now to block these requirements as the House and Senate bills are reconciled in the Conference Committee.
We’ve been asked not to name the major universities singled out for the attacks, but we can give an idea of their severity >>>
- university A this week received hundreds of notices, and all from RIAA, when the usual volume is 70-80/month)
- university B says last year’s volume has been trebled.
- university C reports receiving more the DMCA notices this week and throughout all of last fall
- university D’s ‘intake’ has soared from between five and seven notices per week to 120 this Monday and Tuesday.
- university E as similarly seen a “huge increase” this week
- university F’s volume has trebled over last year’s volume
- notices sent to university G are “significantly up” since January
- university H says there’s been a noticeable increase this week
- university I is now receiving 20-30 notices a day
- university J says it’s getting 30-40 per day
- university K states there’s been a “sharp” upswing since Tuesday.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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