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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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fishnetfatale
Nov. 30th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Excellent music choice for such an entry, I must say.
szasz
Nov. 30th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
And it was even coincidental! Probably listening to Trent made me even angrier about what I was reading, though. :P
jlindquist
Nov. 30th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Well yeah, don't you know piracy's running those guys into the poor house?

There's an article in Rolling Stone this week about new "360 degree" deals they're signing with artists. In addition to raping artists on record royalties, now they're taking a cut of tour, merch, and artist-run-business revenues. Driven, they say, by declining record sales revenues. Apparently, even Madonna's signed one of these deals, that gives them a cut of funds from the use of her name.

Did I miss it? Did all these whores houses burn up in the Malibu fires? They must have used the insurance money to buy congressmen...
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