InsideHigherEd.com reports today that the University of Michigan will notify users of their network when files are being uploaded from their computers. This seems to be in response to RIAA targeting not of downloading music files, but those who make them available, via uploading.
The approach highlights some of the dilemmas facing colleges and universities as they comply with (or, in some cases, resist) the recording industry’s battle to combat students who share copyrighted music, TV shows and movies. Universities are considered Internet service providers in cases of copyright infringement, leaving them in most cases not liable for the actions of students who use their networks for potentially illegal purposes. But that sometimes places them in a position that critics liken to network cops for hire, but others characterize as legitimate enforcers of the law.
One can only hope this is a part of a trend, coupled with Oregon's resisting RIAA subpoenas, that will protect students and fair use.