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ERIC Number: EJ777759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-7
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The First Close Look at Colleges' Digital Pirates
Read, Brock
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n2 pA1 Sep 2007
This article reports on a monitoring project commenced by the campus-network officials at Illinois State University that shows that the campus network is a haven for illegal activity. In an effort to bridge the divide between the university and the entertainment industry, Illinois State designed an unorthodox research program to give a detailed snapshot of music and movie piracy on a typical college campus. The Digital Citizen Project, as Illinois State calls it, has benefited from considerable entertainment-industry financing, including an influx of several hundred thousand dollars. So the university opened up its campus network, collecting never-before-seen data on what files students were swapping and how they share them. It has started to survey students' opinions on copyright, hoping that a scholarly study will reveal how they can be persuaded not to download illegally. It is also working to create a sort of "Consumer Reports" for antipiracy tools, testing both legal downloading services and technology designed to block peer-to-peer file sharing. The first results from the research are startling: They show that record companies and movie studios have reason to complain about campus piracy. The study also shows that college computers are acting as hubs in wider file-sharing networks that spread far beyond campus boundaries. Despite the results of the monitoring project, the university has not kept students completely out of the loop. The institution is also standing up for students, using the data from the Digital Citizen Project to argue that piracy is not a simple case of student malfeasance but a symptom of a broken copyright system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois