Category: Copyright

  • Developments in Online Entertainment Services: Cdigix Closing and “Piracy” Abounds

    Allegations of widespread online copyright infringement on college campuses continue to flourish. Two recent developments: Word on the street is that online entertainment company Cdigix is closing its doors and shutting down its service. Along with Ruckus, Cdigix was one of only two online entertainment services that specifically and exclusively targeted college campuses. It’s been…

  • DMCA Takedown Notices Do Not Measure Copyright Infringement

    A recent article by Jason Ryan in The State proclaims the “[University of South Carolina] a top pirate among colleges.” Ryan reaches this conclusion because “the [RIAA] has sent 914 notices of copyright infringement to the university this year — the highest number in the state and one of the highest among colleges nationwide —…

  • Cdigix Joins Internet2: Why?

    Cdigix, one of the major players in the higher education online entertainment service field, has joined Internet2. Napster and Ruckus are already members. This announcement (that doesn’t seem to be anywhere on their website, including their press release section) is one of two big announcements expected from Cdigix and Ruckus in the coming weeks. Their…

  • Copyright Education Is Effective

    In the new issue of the NASPA Journal is an article from Drs. Jennifer Christie Siemens and Steven W. Kopp entitled “Teaching Ethical Copyright Behavior: Assessing the Effects of a University-Sponsored Computing Ethics Program.” In summary, this article reports that persistent educational efforts have a positive effect on the self-reported behaviors and beliefs of the…

  • A Tenuous Connection With Digital Rights Management

    One topic of interest among a small group of academics and students is the emerging technology known as “Digital Rights Management” or DRM. As explained by Sean Captain in his New York Times article “So Much Music, So Few Choices,” DRM is “technology that protects copyrighted works by preventing unlimited duplication.” It’s a bit more…

  • Recent copyright & fair use news

    Three recent items related to the issues of copyright, fair use, and how colleges and universities deal with and relate to those issues have appeared lately. The first item is a revision of a white paper released in 2003 entitled “Background Discussion of Copyright Law and Potential Liability for Students Engaged in P2P File Sharing…

  • Whither due process?

    We’re all struggling with copyright infringment and our students’ changing views of and relationship with copyright. Although there are still some who have not made the necessary and proper investment in the equipment, training, and skills necessary to deal with most of the bandwidth issues (with a tiny handful throwing in the towel completely and…