A good Chronicle of Higher Education article on the current pros and cons of offering a music service to students in an effort to minimize illegal file sharing.
"More than 50 campuses have signed deals with online-music providers, up from about 20 last fall."
survey conducted last fall at the University of Rochester, which has
offered Napster for more than a year, suggests that many students still
see it as an accompaniment, not an alternative, to pirating music. While
58 percent of the respondents said they had used Napster, 56 percent
said they still used peer-to-peer programs, including KaZaA, LimeWire,
and Direct Connect, to download material illegally."
Saturday, February 22, 2014
U.S. Justice Department notifies Southern Illinois U of intent to sue over minority scholar programs
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Justice Department has found that Southern Illinois University has "engaged in a patter or practice of intentional discrimination against whites, nonpreferred minorities, and males" in its operation of three fellowship programs reserved for minority-group members or women. The Justice Department has informed SIU that it will file suit if a consent decree under which SIU would agree to open the programs up to all students.
The American Association of Universities has published a white paper designed to help colleges and universities navigate copyright issues. Ca presents informmpus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerationsation on copyright law and how it applies to traditional published works, digital materials, educational materials produced on campus, and library usage of copyrighted material.
A week after acknowledging that facebook.com was an "effective tool" for investigations, the Princeton Department of Public Safety has agreed to only use the site as a "supplementary source for investigations" but will not "scour" the site for parties or other activities. Officers are also prohibited from identifying themselves as students in their Facebook accounts.
Direct Revenue LLC and The Best Offers Network LLC agreed to change their business practices and obtain consumers' prior express consent for the downloading of adware programs. Direct Revenue also agreed to provide an easy mechanism to remove its software after download. According to BNA's Privacy & Security Law Report (subscription required) this is one of the first class action lawsuits aimed at the adware marketers. The settlement also requires the defendants to refrain from modifying the host computer's security settings.
USC has put a business school instructor on leave after his arrest on fraud charges. According to court documents, the instructor recruited students to work on his real estate scheme "to sell investments through a real estate company he ran, which he said had the rights to valuable property in Chicago and Las Vegas." Inside Higher Ed. The students became suspicious after the promised payouts on their and family member's investments were not received from the instructor