House: No More College File Sharing!

Schools that don't do enough to enforce copyright would get federal aid yanked
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2007 11:02 AM CST
Colleges that don't do enough to prevent illegal file-sharing would have federal financial aid yanked.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – House Dems have introduced a bill that would force universities to do more to crack down on illegal file sharing, on pain of yanking their federal aid. Schools would have to provide alternatives to illegally downloading music and movies, such as pay file-sharing sites. A letter signed by several top university bigwigs calls the threatened action "inappropriate and punitive."

"Lower-income students, those most in need of federal financial aid, would be harmed most under the entertainment industry's proposal," the letter says, adding that schools are behind  "only a small fraction of illegal file sharing." The bill's sponsors are Reps. George Miller of California and Ruben Hinojosa of Texas.