New Bill Pulls Fed Funding From Colleges That Don't Crack Down On Piracy
November 12, 2007 at 2:52 PM (PT)
If anyone questioned the commitment and zeal the RIAA has for cutting into the prevalence of illegal downloading, the following will put all those to rest forever:
According to LAPTOPLOGIC.COM, Rep. GEORGE MILLER (CA) and RUBEN HINOJOSA (TX) have crafted a 747-page bill that will withhold all federal funding to any university that fails to police their networks for illegal file sharing -- and provide an alternative from P2P sharing (NAPSTER or RUCKUS). Among the funding to be withdrawn would be federally sponsored grants, such as the Pell grant and low-interest student loans.
The penalty doesn't just impact the implicated students -- every student on campus loses federal financial aid if the university refuses crack down. Predictably, the RIAA and the MPAA strongly support the bill, since digital piracy remains a rampant problem on campus.
The universities? Not so much. The University of MARYLAND Chancellor and presidents of STANFORD, YALE and PENN STATE wrote a letter to CONGRESS, declaring: "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. Lower-income students, those most in need of federal financial aid, would be harmed most under the entertainment industry's proposal."