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Uncertain Liability of Schools for Student File Sharing

Intellectual Property Litigation, Volume 18, Number 2

Winter 2007

Authors: Patrick M. Fahey, Susan S. Murphy

It has been said that a “perfect storm” for copyright piracy exists on college campuses, where technically savvy students have access to digital copies of copyrighted material over the Internet via state-of-the-art, super-fast computers. In addition, those students have access to space on campus local area networks (LANs), providing them with the ability to share files with perceived privacy and anonymity. This article, written by Patrick Fahey and Susan Murphy, will examine the uncertainty surrounding potential secondary liability for copyright infringement faced by schools providing LAN access to their students.

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