What Part of Jailhouse Rock Don’t You Understand?
If you’re dumb, or just plain stumped, and you’re doing Napster 101 at New York State’s University of Rochester – site of the RIAA’s latest marketing triumph – what promises to be an absolutely fascinating discussion slated for February 16 might set you straight.
Called Facing Up to the Digital Dilemma, its lead-in goes like this:
“Confronting the new digital age, the recording industry is trying to clamp down on illegal file-sharing of music and videos. At the same time, colleges and universities – whose students are thought to be among the greatest offenders -are resisting the idea that they should ‘police’ their campus communities.”
[Resist the idea that they should police their campus communities, would they? The beggars!]
“Nationally prominent participants in the resolution of those conflicting viewpoints, and those representing the students’ varying perspectives, will be featured in a panel discussion [snappily] titled What Part of Jailhouse Rock Don’t You Understand? Defining Rights in the Digital Age at the University of Rochester,” it goes on.
Panelists onclude RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) president Cary Sherman; Charles E. Phelps, provost of the University and chair of the Technology Task Force of the national Joint Committee on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing; Marjorie Hodges Shaw, special advisor to the university’s chief information officer, and co-founder and former director of the Cornell Computer Policy and Law Program; David Marvin ?04, director of the Yellowjackets, a student group that performs and records its own arrangements; and Peter Ordal ?04, technical counsel to Student Government.
Moderationg the proceedings will be university president Thomas H. Jackson.
“While the industry fine-tunes its methods for preventing illegal downloading, universities and colleges have been discussing their responsibilities,” says the University of Rochester News here.
Getting America’s teaching institutions involved at the sharp end of selling Big Music’s otherwise unsellable product, might be a better way of phrasing it.
And, “Many of us in academe strongly take the position that while we’ll educate our students about copyright, we are not in the business of prosecuting infringement, especially if that means that we are asked to start looking at the content of e-mail or other Internet communications of our students and faculty,” Phelps said.
But fear not. There is a way because, “we’re willing to work with the recording industry,” he added, although ‘”work for” would be more accurate.
In the meantime, MusicMatch, Rhapsody, Apple iTunes, and Napster II “are among those services that have been created to provide legal downloads”.