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Sharing Information and Controlling Content: Continuing Challenges for Higher Education

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Abstract

Over the past year, higher education institutions have been working with the content industry (MPAA, RIAA, and so forth) to help reduce unauthorized sharing of copyrighted works through copyright education and legitimate music service pilot projects on campuses. In addition, the development of legitimate file sharing services such as Penn State's LionShare seek to eliminate the stigma associated with file sharing. Are these initiatives enough, or are we expected to do more to promote respect for copyright law, while ensuring free expression? Is the regulatory burden being imposed on universities pursuant to the DMCA justified? This panel will discuss whether higher education is meeting its "social responsibility" via these efforts and identify whether we will be forced to address new pressing copyright issues.

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