A recent Chronicle of Higher Ed article announced that the Campus Computing Project has issued a new report entitled, “The Campus Costs of P2P Compliance, ‘ which finds that colleges are spending money to keep students from downloading pirated music and movies, but generally are not paying for legal alternatives to peer-to-peer piracy.
On its website, The Campus Computing Project states that the paper reports the results of a summer 2008 survey designed to address the campus costs of compliance with the new P2P filesharing mandates in reauthorized Higher Education Act (HEA) that was signed into law on August 14, 2008. The report is based data from 321 colleges and universities and focuses on P2P compliance costs as reflected in expenditures (e.g., content and software licenses) and also the time that campus personnel spend on P2P filesharing issues.
This year the report finds that just 3 of 321 institutions have licenses with file sharing services, while a 2005 Educause survey found that dozens of campuses had agreements with services like Napster, Cdigix, and Ruckus. The Chronicle article discusses how the market has changed for legal downloading services.