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Offline DaBees-Knees

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University Begins Reporting All P2P Users to the Police
« on: November 13, 2010, 04:09:07 pm »
http://torrentfreak.com/university-begins-reporting-all-p2p-users-to-the-police-101112/

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Georgia’s Valdosta State University has updated its network with software that can pinpoint students who use P2P software. The university is committed to stop file-sharing on its network even if that results in prison sentences for students. Offenders will be disciplined by the school and then handed over to the police, the university has announced.

In recent years, US colleges and universities have undertaken measures to reduce piracy, and go after students who use file-sharing networks to share copyrighted files.

In July, the US put into effect a new requirement for colleges and universities to stop illicit file-sharing on their networks. This legislation puts defiant schools at risk of losing federal funding if they don’t do enough to stop illicit file-sharers on their campus.

Schools across the country responded appropriately to the new rules and some have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to install anti-file-sharing systems on their network. This week, Valdosta State University (VSU) upgraded theirs. According to the university it can now identify students who use P2P software, and those who are caught will be reported to the police.

“Once individuals are identified, VSU hands responsibility over to police. Users can face felony punishments, including a possible prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000 per offense,” reports the student newspaper.

The new system is undoubtedly going to cause collateral damage, since an effective P2P detection tool will be unable to make a distinction between legitimate and illegitimate use of P2P software. This means that booting up your BitTorrent client to download free films such as Snowblind will result in a referral to the police station.

To some these measures may appear as a witch-hunt against students using P2P software, but Joe Newton, VSU Director of Information Technology, sees it as a form of education.

“As an institution of higher learning, we will take an educational approach to the problem and use approved campus procedures to reach appropriate resolutions,” he said.

Combating piracy is not a new endeavor for the Georgia university. VSU already had anti-piracy tracking tools installed, but with the old system it was not possible to identify individual users. In addition, the old system was increasingly being bypassed by certain branches of P2P software.

“Over this past summer, ‘Ares’, a new P2P program/protocol became popular among college students. Ares allows its users to evade school network controls that limit P2P use,” it was reported.

Those who are ‘educated’ on P2P technologies do of course know that this application is hardly new. In fact, the first version was released back in 2002, long before BitTorrent clients such as uTorrent and Vuze emerged.

It seems that VSU’s harsh talk is part of a scare campaign to prohibit students from using P2P software. We doubt that the police will be involved at all, and if they are it seems unlikely that they will take any form of action without a complaint from a rightsholder.

It seems the cartels are now happy to employ the bullsh*t brigade and certain US universities are happy to be the bullsh*t. Let's make it perfectly clear "It is NOT ILLEGAL to use P2P programs".  8)

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Re: University Begins Reporting All P2P Users to the Police
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 02:57:05 am »
Well, their yearly enrollment just dropped! I would say they just shot themselves in the foot. They will probably be asking the Government next  for funds to help them with all the lost revenue from lowered enrollment.
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Re: University Begins Reporting All P2P Users to the Police
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 03:10:43 am »
well i hope the faculty have good security so it cant be made to look like they're using p2p.
wouldn't that be a little embarrassing.

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Re: University Begins Reporting All P2P Users to the Police
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010, 06:14:30 am »
If i was faculty i would be more worried about if they will be the next target of anonymous.
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Offline Bluey_412

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Re: University Begins Reporting All P2P Users to the Police
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 07:42:28 am »
and what if a group, a large group, of rebellious students all decided to clog up the network with p2p traffic, sharing innocuous files like .txt or home made .avi's and.mpg's, from their own cellphones, and other such rubbish traffic...

Ohh, thats spamming and flooding isn't it? Oh shame on me for even thinking such thoughts...




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Re: University Begins Reporting All P2P Users to the Police
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 08:55:17 am »
id like to see the results of an art student getting reported to the police for downloading one of the CG shorts from http://vo.do

this is just gonna turn into a complete nightmare...


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