Tuesday, April 22, 2003


Fresh copyright-related links from Zeropaid.com - Penn State Students Lose Internet Access Due to Filesharing.

The headline sounds worse than it is, considering that access will be restored when it is clear that infringing material is removed. But how will the administration know which MP3 files are infringing, and which have been legitimately converted from legally purchased CDs? Hmmm?

Comments from the Zeropaid users run the gamut on this one. I pasted some of them below. I think the WRFan response is especially interesting. I am remembering, vaguely, a student that got "caught" by a university for using filesharing apps. The student went through the university's disciplinary system, instead of being prosecuted under applicable federal, state, etc. laws. Had the student used a non-univeristy account and gotten prosecuted instead of sent through the academic, oh, judicial affairs, or whatever it is, the student would have been nailed with fines and jailtime. So, why are universities a hotbed of fielsharing activity? Hmmmmm . . .

shawners | April 22, 2003 4:05pm | ..........dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net | Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; YComp; .NET CLR 1.0.3705)

They had school bandwidth, and little money. DOESNT SOUnd like they would buy a CD anytime soon!! regardless if their was no internet connection.. We can only hope that they get law degrees and go after the sons of biatches at RIAA and MPAA..

Dividend | April 22, 2003 4:13pm | w.cc...v....mts.net | Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Q312461)

People with school bandwidth and little money.
Clearly the most lucrative market, deserving of all the advertising and content targetting money can buy. Not to mention how it's worth the cash spent on lawyers to keep this market in check and buying as much as possible.

And yet they wonder . . .

DeadMan | April 22, 2003 4:53pm | .com | Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.3; MultiZilla v1.3.1.2) Gecko/20030312

They need to use better P2P clients methinks. Ones that don't expose your share etc

WRFan | April 22, 2003 4:57pm | rv.t.online.de | XBoX 64 (NVidea GForce 3 Architecture)

they are stupid. why endanger your life with such stupid things are file sharing? I mean, university is more important than all this p2p crap. I never use the internet for anything illegal when I am using university computers. either use your private connection to do p2p, or if you got none, well, then don't p2p, what's the big deal? as if our lives depended on some stupid hollywood movies we share over p2p

dr. damn | April 22, 2003 5:12pm | .........dsl.snfc...pacbell.net | Opera/7.10 (Windows NT 5.1; U) [en]

DeadMan -- there aren't many p2p clients that don't expose what the user is sharing. In fact, the only one that comes to mind is Freenet, which isn't ideal for music and movie sharing.

- posted by laurie @ 4/22/2003 05:39:00 PM
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