MP3s on Campus

TitleMP3s on Campus
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLadenson, R
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsComputer Ethics , COMPUTER science , education , Intellectual Property and Patents
AbstractIn the late 1990's, the Recording Industry Association of America undertook a major effort to combat copyright violations where individuals create and share MP3 files of their favorite sound recordings over the internet. In the fall of 1999, network administrators at Carnegie Mellon University, without prior warning, checked the public folders of 250 student computers connected to the university's network and found 71 students whose files contained illegally copied MP3 files. The students lost their in-room internet connections for the rest of the semester. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act passed in 1999, online service providers, such as universities, can avoid liability if they take certain steps specified in the Act, such as shutting off access to the infringing material, and notifying the user who posted it so he or she can take up the matter with the copyright holder. Where the actions taken by Carnegie Mellon University in regard to the students' who the University had concluded had illegally copied MP3s morally justifiable?
NotesCase from the Fifth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2000.
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