In One Eye

Thursday, November 06, 2003
 
Even though "more than a million households deleted all the digital music files they had saved on their PCs in August--a sign that the [file police's] anti-piracy tactics are hitting home"--someone has actually come up with a very good idea regarding file sharing.
In a move aimed at stemming wide-scale online piracy on college campuses, Penn State University on Thursday reached a deal to offer thousands of students free access to the Napster music service.  

Penn State President Graham Spanier said the school will offer students access to digital music and limited downloading from Napster's newly relaunched music service at no cost.
And how will this be paid for?
"There will be no additional costs to students for this service," Spanier said, adding the program will be funded under a $160 information technology fee paid by students each semester that Penn State already had in place.
My God. The students are actually getting something for the tech fee they pay. What a concept.

Since Penn State's president has shown himself to be so intelligent regarding this issue, perhaps he can make a similar sagacious decision regarding the university's head football coach.