Adding Teeth to University Policy

The new quid pro quo for campus Internet service: RIAA-motivated copyright infringement notices that are backed with university-mandated punishments. So reports in an article titled UC-Berkeley students face tougher piracy rules this fall. Here’s the money quote: “Starting this fall semester, students using campus computer networks to illegally download copyrighted audio and visual materials will automatically lose their in-room Internet connection for a minimum of one week . . .” Another example of exerting control over an intermediary to affect the behavior of an end-user.

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