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    Wednesday, April 13, 2005

    University Pirates in Trouble...

    According to MSNBC, the music industry is goign to charge hundreds of students who use the Internet2, to transfer loads of downloaded music to each other... The Internet2 is a super fast internet connecting many of the biggest universities around the world for the purpose of research into new and improved internet connections and speeds.

    The Washington-based Recording Industry Association of America, the trade group for the largest labels, said it will file federal copyright lawsuits Wednesday against 405 students at 18 colleges with access to the Internet2 network, which boasts speeds hundreds of times faster than the Internet.

    Apparently, these researchers claim to have downloaded a DVD quality copy of "The Matrix" in 30 seconds over this connection. It is used by several million University students, but is generally not accessable to the public.

    "We don't condone or support illegal file-sharing," said Internet2's chief executive, Doug Van Houweling. "We've always understood that just like there is a lot of file-sharing going on on the public Internet, there's also some file-sharing going on on Internet2."

    According to the recording industry, these users are sharing an average of 2300 songs each, which is much greater than the average Internet user. The Motion Picture Association of America is likely to follow suit (pun intended).

    All I have to say, is where do I sign up for 30 second DVD downloads???

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