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Dems: Colleges Should Be Copyright Cops
Or they can expect to lose federal funding...
by Karl Bode 08:50AM Monday Nov 12 2007 Tipped by h4x0r3d See Profile
Democrats are pushing a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would force colleges to not only deter p2p use on campus, but also offer students alternative options. The proposal, obviously supported by the entertainment industry, threatens to pull federal funding from schools if they fail to implement "technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity." As you might expect, schools aren't so keen on risking billions in funding just because they aren't running their networks the way Hollywood would like:
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"Such an extraordinarily inappropriate and punitive outcome would result in all students on that campus losing their federal financial aid--including Pell grants and student loans that are essential to their ability to attend college, advance their education, and acquire the skills necessary to compete in the 21st-century economy," a letter from university officials to Congress written on Wednesday said. "Lower-income students, those most in need of federal financial aid, would be harmed most under the entertainment industry's proposal."
The MPAA & RIAA's plan, which has been scuttled in the past, was buried in a higher education spending bill.


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Jason Levine
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Re: Thieves upset at democrats for cracking on thievery

Combating illegal activity is one thing. Making new laws that "combat" that illegal activity by punishing large groups of people who didn't commit the crime and are only "guilty" of being in the same university as the guilty parties is quite another.

We already have laws on the books which combat copyright infringement. This law isn't needed except in some RIAA/MPAA wet dream which shouldn't come true. These politicians (regardless of party affiliation), need to remember that their employer isn't the RIAA or the MPAA, but rather is the American people.

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Re: Misplaced Priorities?

I know - and that's my point - and you hit it on the head with Billary and licenses.

My point is that the dems think that it's more important to pick on a college system over illegal file sharing (which I don't stand for anyway) and make them "police" while they turn the cheek and say "we can't have the police actually enforce real laws and have the ability to know if someone is actually breaking a serious law.

My point on this, pnh, is that as I see, sometimes, the dems as the lesser of the two evils, (during this pendulum swing) it is stunts like this where I throw my hands up in the air and say I'm voting for Ron Paul.

I find this move VERY oppressive towards it's citizens and very much a sign of a fascist state when the interest of a corporation is more important than the interests of the nation itself. I personally find open borders a problem worth taking a look at first. Bleeding hearts don't understand that terrorists would like to simply come across the border and set up sleeper cells. (They think it's all about wages and migrate workers) so I'd find that to be more important.

At this point, the democrats, IF THEY BACK THIS AS A GROUP, will end up crashing and burning as a party as the Republicans are now.. and where would that leave us? With a group of people that, hopefully, would finally make a change in government.

The low rating of congress, right now, is NOT owned by the democrats. It's been on a down hill fall for a few years now. The low approval rating isn't necessarily pointed at the dems, it's pointed at congress in a whole.

I just hope people wake up and not just 'disapprove', rather, actually do something. Every election day I vote a 3rd rail.. more people need to do that as well.

(sorry, I know.. a little off topic)

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I find it to be very ironic that the democraps would rather push legislation that forces schools to become cops of technology but they won't back any legislation that would require that state driver's licenses to place a visa / green card expiration date on them stating that "it's not the job of the "police" to enforce the very sovereignty of our nation.

They also believe it's the job of the schools to be police of knowing if someone has downloaded an episode of South Park on line, but not know if the very student is here, illegally, violating one of most important laws.

The next time there is a presidential election, don't think that voting for a 3rd party is throwing away your vote... the Republicans and Democraps are all the same these days.
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Hollywood bought the Dems and this is their payoff

My, my! It isn't the evil business loving Republicans behind this. It appears that the Dems are repaying all those big campaign contributions from Hollywood.
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So where are all the unltra liberals?

You know, the same ones who cried about the Patriot Act being a Republican conspiracy against the American people.

Face it people, party affiliation means nothing when someone gets elected.