Congressman Introduces Bill To Curb College Piracy
March 29, 2007 at 10:55 AM (PT)
Rep. RICK KELLER (R-FL) this week introduced the "Curb Illegal Downloading On College Campuses Act," according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The legislation would allow universities to tap the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Program under the Department of Education to fund "innovative on-campus, anti-piracy pilot programs designed to reduce digital piracy."
"Illegal downloading of music and movies on college campuses is harming their computer networks by consuming a huge amount of education-related bandwidth and exposing them to viruses," KELLER said. "It's just plain wrong to steal billions of dollars in intellectual property from hardworking people whose jobs hang in the balance."
Illegal downloading of music and movies on college campuses is harming their computer networks by consuming a huge amount of education-related bandwidth and exposing them to viruses.
The bill's introduction follows news of the RIAA sending "pre-litigation" settlement letters to universities. "This is well-timed and much-needed legislation," RIAA Chairman/CEO MITCH BAINWOL said. "During the last two months, we have seen a vigorous public conversation about the extensive theft of music on college campuses. Many schools have re-examined their existing policies and committed to do more to address this mutual problem. That's an encouraging sign."