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November 29th, 2007

The MPAA and RIAA lobbyists strike again!

From this year's Higher Education Act Reauthorization bill, currently before the US House of Representatives:

SEC. 494. CAMPUS-BASED DIGITAL THEFT PREVENTION.

(a) IN GENERAL. Each eligible institution participating in any program under this title shall to the extent practicable

  1. make publicly available to their students and employees, the policies and procedures related to the illegal downloading and distribution of copy righted materials required to be disclosed under section 485(a)(1)(P); and
  2. develop a plan for offering alternatives to illegal downloading or peer-to-peer distribution of intellectual property as well as a plan to explore technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity.

(b) GRANTS.

  1. PROGRAM AUTHORITY. The Secretary may make grants to institutions of higher education, or consortia of such institutions, and enter into contracts with such institutions, consortia, and other organizations, to develop, implement, operate, improve, and disseminate programs of prevention, education, and cost-effective technological solutions, to reduce and eliminate the illegal downloading and distribution of intellectual property. Such grants or contracts may also be used for the support of a higher education centers that will provide training, technical assistance, evaluation, dissemination, and associated services and assistance to the higher education community as determined by the Secretary and institutions of higher education.

This is just great. It practically requires by law that universities and colleges send money to the recording industry.

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