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UC Berkeley, Stanford crack down on illegal downloading

College students beware: Universities are ratcheting up punishments for illegally downloading music and video from your dorm rooms this school year in an effort to tamp down the popular pastime...

Fred von Lohmann, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, said that universities aren't taking a more aggressive stance against file sharing simply to protect students from lawsuits. Congressional committees, encouraged by the entertainment industry, have held hearings about illegal music downloading, which has universities scared that they could lose federal funding, he said.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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