Thursday, January 24, 2008

Will Pomona Change Its Recording Industry Policy?

As The Student Life mentions in October of 2007, Pomona College changed its policy to appease the recording industry and to stop it from going after students who illegally download music in violation of copyright. The article cites a number of troubling statistics that justify the draconian smackdown that the recording industry uses to go after students.

According to reason's Hit & Run blog, the MPAA, like the recording industry, has used several studies -- one study says that the 44 percent of the MPAA's domestic losses come from illegal downloads -- to justify pressuring colleges to take tougher measures to prevent illegal fire-sharing.

The only problem is that they are bunk. Here's the money graf:

The MPAA has used the study to pressure colleges to take tougher steps to prevent illegal file-sharing and to back legislation currently before the House of Representatives that would force them to do so.

But now the MPAA, which represents the U.S. motion picture industry, has told education groups a "human error" in that survey caused it to get the number wrong. It now blames college students for about 15 percent of revenue loss.
Oops. Will Pomona examine those studies before they are intimidated by a special interest group? We all know how well they stand up against free trade...

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