Higher Ed Act P2P Amendment: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

In July, those of us interested in technology issues related to higher education were whipped into a frenzy by an amendment to the Higher Education Act proposed by Sen. Reid (D-NV) that would have put a spotlight on institutions that receive lots of notices alleging online copyright infringement by students and required them to adopt… Continue reading Higher Ed Act P2P Amendment: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Updates on Old Topics and Quickies

I’m as settled into my new place and job as I will get so I hope to resume substantive posts soon. In the meantime, here are a few updates on topics previously discussed here and a few quickies: Lawsuits against college and university students accused of downloading or sharing mp3s continue and institutions continue to… Continue reading Updates on Old Topics and Quickies

Mandatory Network Filtering to Prevent Copyright Infringement

Two recent activities surrounding online copyright infringement: First, Senator Reid (D-NV) plans to introduce an amendment entitled the “CAMPUS-BASED DIGITAL THEFT PREVENTION” to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act. If successfully added to the bill, it will require the Secretary of Education to identity the 25 institutions who “received during the previous calendar year the highest… Continue reading Mandatory Network Filtering to Prevent Copyright Infringement

ResNet Symposium: Keynote Address Addresses Institutions’ Ethical and Legal Responses to Students’ Alleged Copyright Infringement

The keynote address on Sunday morning by Jim Gibson (who also presented a pre-conference session on Saturday) focused on the primacy of the university mission in determining institutions’ responses to allegations of students’ copyright infringement. Specifically, the address focused on file sharing and related copyright complaints and DMCA takedown notices. First, Gibson noted that universities… Continue reading ResNet Symposium: Keynote Address Addresses Institutions’ Ethical and Legal Responses to Students’ Alleged Copyright Infringement

Peer-to-Peer in Senate version of Higher Education Reauthorization Act

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has released a copy of their version (warning: 534 page pdf) of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act. There have been rumblings that some legislators may try to insert legislation related to online copyright infringement or even change safe harbor and related laws to force colleges and universities… Continue reading Peer-to-Peer in Senate version of Higher Education Reauthorization Act

Another Congressional Hearing on P2P Scheduled for Tomorrow

Last week, The Chronicle told us that the House Committee on Science and Technology will be holding a hearing on peer-to-peer filesharing on college and university campuses. That hearing, entitled “The Role of Technology in Reducing Illegal Filesharing: A University Perspective” has been scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 EDT. The Hearing Charter (pdf) is… Continue reading Another Congressional Hearing on P2P Scheduled for Tomorrow

Quick Copyright Update: Congressional Questions, Resistance, Peer-to-Peer banned, and More Lawsuits

The past few days have been busy on the copyright front: Members of Congress have sent a detailed questionnaire to 19 (or 20) institutions asking about their policies and practices related to students’ alleged online copyright infringement. The questionnaire is preceded by an unambiguous statement of disapproval of current policies and practices coupled with statistics… Continue reading Quick Copyright Update: Congressional Questions, Resistance, Peer-to-Peer banned, and More Lawsuits

Legislative Action Aimed at On-campus Peer-to-Peer and “Piracy?”

We can’t and shouldn’t forget that Representative Ric Keller told us during the March House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property hearing on campus peer-to-peer and “piracy” that “the hammer’s comin’.” Shortly after that hearing, Keller, who is also the senior Republican on the Subcommittee on Higher Education Lifelong Learning & Competitiveness,… Continue reading Legislative Action Aimed at On-campus Peer-to-Peer and “Piracy?”

Impact of Anti-Social Networking Website Legislation on Higher Education

We’ve seen and are continuing to see attempts by state and federal legislators to restrict the use of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace on computers with Internet access funded by the (state or federal) government. Although DOPA was not passed into law last year, Sen. Stevens introduced a similar law earlier this year.… Continue reading Impact of Anti-Social Networking Website Legislation on Higher Education

Congress is Unhappy With Higher Ed’s Copyright Infringement Activities

The written testimony and video of today’s Congressional “An Update – Piracy on University Networks” hearing have been posted online. The video is pretty low quality Real video but it’s there and I appreciate the quick response on the part of the Congressional staffers responsible. The witnesses (with links to their written testimonies) were: Jim… Continue reading Congress is Unhappy With Higher Ed’s Copyright Infringement Activities