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Thievery in the modern era

August 21, 2008

College students are online pirates – stealing music-file booty on a daily basis – and renowned for being the scourge of the digital seas.

Normally the news is peppered with lawsuits brought by organizations against increasing numbers of file sharers, with the intent of sending reminders to the rest of the questionable legality of their practices. However, there’s someone on the pirates’ side: the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Danny O’Brien, international outreach coordinator for the EFF, visited campus Tuesday night to spread information about the EFF’s attempts to preserve digital rights for everyone. “We try to make sure the existing technical liberties you have don’t get chipped away,” he said.

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