by Mike Masnick
Fri, Nov 12th 2010 11:57am
valdosta state university
Remember a few years back when the entertainment industry used totally bogus stats (which they later admitted were bogus) to get Congress to pass new laws requiring universities to become copyright cops? While many universities have been struggling under the economic burdens of this law, apparently one university, Valdosta State University, in Georgia, has embraced the new law with gusto, not only implementing a new system,
but promising to turn those caught over to the police (see update below), and warning them that they face five years in jail, as well as fines. Of course, it seems rather doubtful that those caught sharing a file would be guilty of criminal copyright infringement, so I can't imagine the local police will even know what to do with the information it's being given. But it's rather unfortunate that the University has decided to become a tool of entertainment industry propaganda, rather than actually choosing to understand the real issues at stake. Update: The University and the school paper have since both contacted TorrentFreak to let them know that the reporter got the story wrong, misunderstanding a basic copyright warning, leading to the false report -- so that students will not, in fact, be reported to the police.
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