Internet File Sharing Essay

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Windows users in the Direct Connect network vicinity. Direct Connect allows students to share files over the Internet with minimal restrictions and limits. The client is completely free of advertisements and has a nice, easy to use interface. Firewall and router support is integrated and it is easy and convenient to use functionality like multi-hub connections, auto-connections and resuming of downloads. This program makes downloading from classmate’s quick and easy when on campus.

Hopefully not to easy, however, the latest Bill, “Campus-based digital theft prevention”, at Santa Clara University is facing students with the potential risk of losing their federal student aid as a result of failure to comply under the College Opportunity
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The software creates audio fingerprints for copyrighted media. It compares those fingerprints to audio passing over OU’s network and disconnects computers sharing those files with matching fingerprints. OU paid $60,000 for the CopySense device and an additional $15,585 for support, maintenance and a year of database updates, which keeps the device loaded with fingerprints for newly released music. Ohio University announced the number of DCMA notices dropped dramatically after the software was installed.

Similarly, in October 2007, Arista Records, Atlantic Recording Corp., BMG Music, Capitol Records, Elektra Entertainment, Motown Record Co., Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Virgin Records America and Warner Bros. Records sued 27 unnamed University of Maine students for copyright infringement. Many of these students have already agreed to cash settlements of $5000 for downloading and sharing music and other files through a popular student network, ‘gnutella’. Settlements, as well as several trial dates have already been set.

The promise of an Internet connecting its users to a “global library of information” has fallen short with the high costs access to medicinal texts, case law, research journals, and global newspapers. (The Globe and Mail, Friday Feb. 22, 2008. P. R22) As of February 2008, Harvard faculty voted to create an online repository of their research, “making all articles produced at Harvard freely available online”. Although Harvard isn’t the

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