"New federal legislation says universities must agree to provide not just deterrents but also 'alternatives' to peer-to-peer piracy, such as paying monthly subscription fees to the music industry for their students, on penalty of losing all financial aid for their students.
The U.S. House of Representatives bill (PDF), which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians, could give the movie and music industries a new revenue stream by pressuring schools into signing up for monthly subscription services such as Ruckus and Napster. Ruckus is advertising-supported, and Napster charges a monthly fee per student.
According to the bill, if universities did not agree to test 'technology-based deterrents to prevent such illegal activity,' all of their students--even ones who don't own a computer--would lose federal financial aid.
'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,' a letter from university officials to Congress written on Wednesday said. "Lower-income students, those most in need of federal financial aid, would be harmed most under the entertainment industry's proposal."
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I hate politics. This is a blatant example of lobyists lining the pockets of our lawmakers, and having them (our government) introduce legislation that benefits the lobyists. I have so little faith in our system in Washington. It's so bloated, so corrupt, and it doesn't seem to change no matter who you put back there. I hate the MPAA, the RIAA, their DRM, etc. It's just pathetic.