University of Illinois Disconnects Pirating Students, Staffer Asked To Leave

In recent years US colleges and universities have undertaken drastic measures to reduce piracy, but it appears that some students and staffers are proving unteachable. Every year the RIAA and MPAA send tens of thousands of infringement notices to educational institutions, who then forward these to alleged BitTorrent pirates. How these suspected pirates are then dealt with depends on local policies but usually it involves a visit to the dean’s office and some sort of sanction. The University of Illinois, however, is taking it a step further by punishing its students the French way. When copyright holders send a DMCA notice informing the university about unauthorized BitTorrent downloads, the student’s dorm room is immediately cut off from the Internet. “Students that receive infringement notices have their access to the internet shut off,” the university’s policy explains loud and clear. “The user is informed of the requirement to meet with a hearing officer and that their access will remain shut down until such a meeting takes place…

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University of Illinois Disconnects Pirating Students, Staffer Asked To Leave

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 Net News

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