Thursday, October 14, 2004

AND THIS A COLLEGE'S JOB WHY?: We're not sure if Wired's report on how UCLA is responding to complaints about file sharing - the accused is refused access to the college network until they sign an electronic pledge sheet just omits the details or not, but it seems like the bastion of free thinking and personal liberty just takes the copyright industry's word for it that the students are guilty, despite their less than stellar record at spotting what is a copyright violation and what isn't. Perhaps its unsurprising, since the UCLA is working with Universal on this one. Universal apparently send out up to 4,000 violation orders a day, suggesting a shoot first, ask questions later approach. Maybe the UCLA might want to think about tweaking its system to invite students to offer a defence before cutting them off from their electronic study aids?

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