Ten ways to combat illegal file sharing

  1. Access to ResNet is disabled for one week.
  2. Access is disabled for two weeks and a letter is sent home to parents.
  3. Access is disabled indefinitely, and a complete judicial review will be completed through student affairs.

“Now our DMCA notices have been virtually eliminated, and we have significantly reduced the number of illegal P2P attempts. We’ve also reclaimed our ResNet bandwidth over time—and students appreciate the speed as well,” said Gerdes.

Gerdes said institutions looking to model this approach should remember that for their compliance plan to be successful, the administration must be willing to support the IT department’s solutions. He also mentioned that student buy-in was crucial as well.

“If institutions don’t start planning on a sound compliance plan, the issue won’t go away; instead, colleges and universities will be held even more accountable,” reiterated Arbogast. “The industry will come back even stronger, because after all, their material is being stolen. They will also lobby for stricter legislation.”

Arbogast listed four actions institutions can take immediately to become more compliant, even if concrete implementation hasn’t started:

  1. Collaborate with key stakeholders to determine the definition of compliance as it relates to your campus.
  2. Create a plan that includes both technical and educational components to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law.
  3. Create a timeline for completion and follow it through.
  4. Talk with others outside the campus for advice and help, such as organizations, vendors, and other institutions.



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