University Makes Students Take Copyright Quiz To Get Timed Access To P2P
from the as-if-that-will-work dept
Broadband Reports points us to a rather unique attempt by Missouri University of Science & Technology to deal with the fact that the RIAA/MPAA are upset with students at the university for using file sharing apps. It’s using traffic shaping apps to block access to P2P systems… but, it will give students timed access if they first successfully complete a quiz about copyright issues. You need to get a perfect score (or no BitTorrent for you!) and you get six hours, which they hope you’re now using for legal file sharing (though, they don’t check). If you want more time, you need to ace the quiz again (the questions change). You can get up to 8 “passes” per month.
It’s definitely different… but hardly likely to be very effective. I’d imagine that students who really want unauthorized material will find ways around the block, using VPNs or proxies or something. Also, as Broadband Reports notes in its writeup, students who do get in can download unauthorized material and then share it internally across the network using different systems. But, most importantly, this is (yet again) based on the idea that everyone is being treated as a criminal first. There may be legitimate academic reasons for using P2P systems, but the Missouri University of Science and Technology won’t be participating in many, because it’s put up a barrier to usage.