Entertainment Industry Sways Higher Ed Act

Music: A provision likely to pass Congress makes colleges more responsible for illegal downloads.

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As the recording industry continues to take copious amounts of legal action against college students for illegal downloading, it has also notched a win in Congress, pushing through a provision in the Higher Education Act that holds colleges more responsible for stopping kids from swapping copyrighted works, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

One part of the bill—which Senate and House negotiators OK'd last night and will probably be approved by Congress by the end of the week—would force colleges to use "technology-based deterrents" to combat illegal sharing on peer-to-peer networks and also urges colleges to offer subscription-based music and video services.