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Outlawed at Ohio U: P2P file sharing

School claims P2P networks take up too many resources on the network.

Ohio University has become the latest college to crack down on file sharing.

Outlawed at Ohio U: P2P file sharing

The school announced this week that it would restrict the use of all peer-to-peer file sharing on the campus computer network.

"The network is a shared resource, and we must ensure that it is available to all users," Chief Information Officer Brice Bible said in a news release. "Peer-to-peer file-sharing consumes a disproportionate amount of resources, both in bandwidth and human technical support."

College students are some of the most prolific users of P2P sites, and record industry officials have attempted to crack down on the spread of these networks on campuses.

The move was predictably met with derision by most bloggers, who claimed the reasoning was specious and said students would just find a way around it.

Blog community response:

"It's a sad statement of the times that an institution designed for educating and learning about new things would decide to completely shut off any use of powerful technologies that have plenty of perfectly legitimate uses just because some backwards industry group can't figure out how to change its outdated business models."

"So there; you'll have to download pirated porn or DVD rips via your parents connection when home on break."
--Broadband Reports

"If they're going to make an ethical argument, they need to clearly demonstrate the ethics involved. 'Students pirate' is not something that simply needs to be accepted as a matter of common understanding. I don't think administrators generally give students enough credit about their decision-making capabilities or rationales."
--Copy This Blog