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Education Bill with Anti-P2P Clause Goes to Bush

The House on Thursday approved an education bill with a controversial anti-piracy provision still intact.

The bill, H.R. 4137, extends the Higher Education Act of 1965, but also authorizes the secretary of education to withhold federal financial aid money to schools that do not develop and implement solutions to reduce the amount of illegal downloading. A similar bill also passed the Senate.

The bill now moves to President Bush for his signature.

Specifically, in order to receive government funds, schools would have to notify students on an annual basis that they could face civil or criminal charges if they are found to be illegally downloading copyrighted material.

Schools must also develop a P2P policy, including how schools discipline students who are found to be in violation, and provide the Education Department with a description of actions taken to prevent and detect illegal file-sharing.