CU-Boulder, Other Schools Could Be Held Responsible For Internet Pirates

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Congress is considering an Internet piracy bill that would hold colleges, including the University of Colorado, culpable if students use school networks to illegally download music and movies.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, proposed an amendment to the Stop Online Piracy Act that would have made sure legal responsibility fell only on the individuals who violate copyright laws, but it failed 9-23 in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Polis said cash-strapped universities shouldn't be required to police the Internet.

"We need a balanced approach to Internet piracy but SOPA would take money out of the classrooms and labs of CU and CSU and direct it toward the technical requirements of complying with the law or the legal cost of defending schools in court," Polis said in a statement. "With schools already facing tough times, tuition on the rise, and other challenges to higher education, we shouldn't be passing laws that slap new unfunded mandates on our colleges and universities."

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