July 25, 2006

Conduct of Federal Study on Collegiate File Sharing [8:08 am]

Too Much Sharing About File Sharing

A House of Representatives subcommittee [the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property] has requested a survey of colleges’ policies and practices on networks that allow students and others to illegally share copyrighted video and audio files. But unlike most studies by the GAO, Congressional aides have insisted that the agency in this instance report not just on the file sharing landscape in the aggregate, but on how individual colleges responded to the survey.

Declining to promise confidentiality to the respondents, college officials predict, is likely to limit the number of participants and render the survey ineffective.

Like many a GAO survey, this one came to pass after higher education leaders fought off an attempt to impose legislative requirements. [...]

You can find a copy of the GAO survey here

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