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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Higher Education Opportunity Act Came Into Effect

Higher Education Opportunity Act Came Into Effect

Higher Education Opportunity Act Came Into Effect

Added: Friday, July 9th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Provision of the Act, passed back in 2008, demands institutions of higher education to bring into effect plans to fight the illegal distribution of copyrighted content committed by users of the institution’s network.Otherwise, they run the risk of losing their right to get federal student aid.


The war against unauthorized file-sharing made another huge step at the beginning of July, when a provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, passed by Congress two years ago, came into effect. It demands colleges and universities to enact their policies of preventing the illegal distribution of copyrighted content within their networks, otherwise threatening them to cancel federal student aid.

The provision requires campuses to introduce different technology-based deterrents and offer various alternatives to unauthorized downloading or P2P distribution of copyrighted material.

Cary Sherman, a president of RIAA greets the Act, calling it a very important signal to make those colleges that were earlier reluctant to target their file-sharing students to take the side of rights holders and help solve the problem, as if reducing campus P2P exchange will somehow help stop the continued decline of music sales. It’s worth remembering that students will still have access to Wi-Fi at local restaurants, pubs and cafes. In addition, most of the students don’t even live in campus and thereby remain unaffected by any campus peer-to-peer crackdown.

The most controversial point of the new provision is that it puts federal student aid in danger for the benefit of private business. Worse still, online hosting websites like Rapidshare are now the preferred way for consumers to enjoy illegal material. Peer-to-peer services now have many forms, as compared to 2008, when the law was passed. Today applications like LimeWire or KaZaA, the once dominant file-sharing software, have become second class citizens.

All this means is that the Act will only make colleges spend great amounts of money on software and stuff instead of spending them on education.

Even the RIAA admits that the law has become outdated before even coming into effect, as it stopped suing individual infringers a while ago, turning instead to the strategy of forming voluntary partnerships with service providers, forcing them to introduce a “three-strikes” regime.

July 9th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, July 9th, 2010

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-09 14:04:18)
No avatarwho cares, you have to pay it back anyway !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you qualify lol
and if you dont pay it back if you get it, they will take it out of your check for the rest of your life anyway.

boy the us government is ruthless !

posted by (2010-07-09 16:01:19)
mustang111 avatarpiracy cannot be stopped come what may, till the greed of man lasts. long live pirates and file sharers!!!!!!!!!!

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