Just Released: EDUCAUSE Research and Implemention of Copyright Education Laws

Three documents have been released over the past couple of days that are important and interesting: The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2009 is the latest report from EDUCAUSE’s research arm focusing on undergraduate students and their use and perceptions of technology.  It’s always a well-done study and EDUCAUSE makes the full… Continue reading Just Released: EDUCAUSE Research and Implemention of Copyright Education Laws

Guidance on Higher Ed P2P Laws Nearly Finalized

The Department of Education is close to issuing final guidance on the recently-passed laws that require colleges and universities to take action about online copyright infringement. On Friday, August 21, the Department issues its final “Notice of proposed rulemaking.” One of the final steps in enacting a law, these proposals are the result of public… Continue reading Guidance on Higher Ed P2P Laws Nearly Finalized

First Amendment and Online Issues in Higher Education Webinar

NASPA and ASJA (the Association for Student Judicial Affairs) are presenting a webinar in October entitled “The First Amendment and Online Issues in Higher Education.”  The abstract: College and university student use of online technologies and forums can present challenges for student affairs administrators at every level.  The expanding terrain of cyberspace brings forth questions… Continue reading First Amendment and Online Issues in Higher Education Webinar

Copyright Update: Higher Ed Act Compromise, DMCA Spike, and RIAA Methods

Things are still busy on the copyright front. Among other interesting developments and relevant news: The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that lawmakers have reached a compromise on the online copyright infringement language in the Higher Ed Act. According to a draft being circulated by aides, “the compromise adopts the House’s requirement that colleges develop… Continue reading Copyright Update: Higher Ed Act Compromise, DMCA Spike, and RIAA Methods

Congress Still Considering Copyright Issues in Higher Education Act

Members of the House and Senate are still wrangling over the two different versions of the bills renewing and “updating” the Higher Education Act they passed this session to bring them into harmony so they can send them to the president to sign into law. Remember that the House version includes language that would institutions… Continue reading Congress Still Considering Copyright Issues in Higher Education Act

House Passes Bill Addressing Higher Ed and Online Copyright Infringement

I’m sure that everyone interested in this topic already knows that last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4137 the College Opportunity and Affordability Act.  This is the legislation that includes a section not only requiring colleges and universities to report to students their online copyright policies but also “develop a plan for offering… Continue reading House Passes Bill Addressing Higher Ed and Online Copyright Infringement

Latest Attempt at Higher Ed P2P Legislation: This Time It’s the Democrats

On Friday, House Democrats introduced “The College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007.” Ostensibly intended to “address the soaring price of college” and “ensure [that colleges and universities] operate in the best interests of students and families,” the bill includes the worst provision yet regarding peer-to-peer filesharing. Unlike previous attempts that would have only required… Continue reading Latest Attempt at Higher Ed P2P Legislation: This Time It’s the Democrats