It is really starting to heat up in the legal file sharing space on University campuses … just read this article about the North Carolina University system pilot testing a new service that may allow students with access to several online music and movie stores. They say a “fee is likely,” but I doubt that will make students uptight given they are being told ahead of time. Especially if you consider that students will be able to “opt in” at $2-$5 a month … If you remember, we had a discussion like this earlier this semester and you all overwhelmingly wanted to know what the real (read hidden) costs of the Napster project are. This seems like a much better approach.
Now, when you are researching your solution, you know of a place that is really attacking this issue — the North Carolin University state system. I wonder if that could ever happen here in the Commonwealth of PA? I think I know the answer, but would be interested in hearing from you all.
On the other end of the spectrum … I just read an article at Wired.com that speaks to the importance of all this … the article, “Song-Swap Networks Still Humming” claims that, ” Peer-to-peer traffic has not declined despite the music industry’s aggressive pursuit of illegal file sharers…” Wow, couldn’t figure that one out on our own, could we? They go on to link to some great resources you should take a look at and discuss how they measure activity and challenge earlier research that said P2P activity is on the decline. All in all, a good read … take a look and let us all know what you think!