Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

College Students Untroubled over Digital File Collecting

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

College Students Untroubled over Digital File Collecting

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WASHINGTON

Two-thirds of American college students have no qualms about swapping or downloading digital copyrighted files (software, music and movies) without paying for them, according to a new survey released by the Business Software Alliance. More than half, or 52 percent, believe the practice is acceptable to pursue while in the workplace.

The survey also indicates that 45 percent of students are using the campus networks for illegal downloading activities. The same percentage of students say their campus policies are effective. However, nearly threequarters of faculty and administrators say the policies are effective.

"Generation Y has largely grown up using the Internet and the majority of this group is extremely comfortable with technology. Unfortunately, this survey shows students who engage in these illegal behaviors are likely to continue after college and when they enter the business world," says Diane Smiroldo, BSA's vice president for public affairs.

The announcement of the survey coincides with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in MGM Studios vs. Grokster, which reaffirmed the need for balance between innovation and piracy prevention. …

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