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Bill Forces You to Pay For RIAA Policing

According to a recent article by Ken Fisher, writing for ars technica, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to use your tax dollars to do RIAA‘s dirty work. Senator Reid’s amendment to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act (HERA) withholds federal funds from US colleges and universities that do not fall in lock-step with arbitrary file-sharing protocols.

Now the good news; your tax dollars get to pay the US Secretary of Education to conduct an annual audit of the top 25 file-sharing schools to determine who gets blacklisted from federal funds. Plus, with over half of the schools on the most recent list being state schools, you also get to pay for all the internal software, hardware and peoplepower required to keep your state school of the blacklist.

Given that anti-file-sharing technology is known to interfere with the legitimate transfer of information, taxpayers would be paying millions of dollars to stifle the legal transfer of information in schools. Isn’t that the raison d’etre of a school? Even Senator Reid has to see that.

Brett Trout

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