Congress targets P2P piracy on campus
By Declan McCullagh
February 26, 2003, 11:01 AM PT
Key politicians chided universities on Wednesday for not doing enough
to limit peer-to-peer piracy, calling unauthorized copying a federal
crime that should be punished appropriately.
Members of the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees
copyright law said at a hearing that peer-to-peer piracy was a crime
under a 1997 federal law, but universities continued to treat
file-swapping as a minor infraction of campus disciplinary codes.
"If on your campus you had an assault and battery or a murder, you'd
go down to the district attorney's office and deal with it that way,"
said Rep. William Jenkins, R-Tenn.