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Universities Spending $80K to Over $100K Per Year on Policing P2P Activities

As a result of the new P2P filesharing mandates signed into U.S. law this past summer, the country's 4400 colleges and universities are required to address issues of illegal P2P filesharing — particularly music and movies. For instance, colleges and universities are "required to consider the use of technology-based deterrents" in developing plans to counter illegal P2P activity, such as traffic monitoring and bandwidth shaping.

A new study by the Campus Computing Project reports the results of a summer 2008 survey aimed at addressing the campus costs of compliance with the new P2P filesharing mandates. The report is based on data from 321 colleges and universities and focuses on P2P compliance costs as reflected in expenditures (e.g., content and software licenses) and also the time that campus personnel spend on P2P filesharing issues.

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They need to learn to play the political game By Simon Waters  –  Oct 20, 2008 2:08 pm PDT

This "required to consider" is a euphemism for "don't do anything".

It isn't the Universities job to enforce other organisations copyright. So they "consider it", and conclude "income in zero" "costs paid out greater than zero" recommendation "do not do it till someone pays for it".

Bandwidth shaping is something they may want to do anyway, but that is more to do with ensuring they use their own resources effectively.

It looks like all these laws were crafted so that colleges could meet them without net expenditure. Indeed I assume a few affiliate linked to legal download sites covers that aspect and potentially raises some revenue.

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