UCLA to stop short of P2P snooping

Abstract

An official of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has stated that the university will not look at the content of information packets being sent on its network in an effort to identify and filter copyrighted material. A number of colleges and universities are using tools to engage in such policing of their networks, efforts supported by the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America. UCLA has installed the Automated Copyright Notice System, an open source application that allows the university to quickly respond to notices of infringement by sending e-mail to the student in question and limiting network access. But the university's position on network snooping stops there. Jonathan Curtiss, of UCLA Student Services, said that the university is not pursuing such snooping because "what students are doing is private." He did note that the university is "encouraging a behavioral shift" among students to understand and respect copyright.

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