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University of Florida's software suspends service for swappers

December 2, 2003


The University of Florida is sending a message to its campus Internet users: Dont even think about trying to download music and movies.
December 2, 2003


The University of Florida is sending a message to its campus Internet users: Don't even think about trying to download music and movies.

The school recently implemented ICARUS (Integrated Control Application for Restricting User Services), a university software program that scans the network for illegal downloads and suspends users for illegal downloads. First-time offenders lose Internet access for 30 minutes and must watch a 10-minute Web program on copyright law. A second violation means a five-day Internet suspension. A third can result in a longer suspension and a written reprimand.

The new software system followed a season of multiple notices from the Recording Industry Association of America to the school asking it to disconnect students for illegal downloading. About 40 percent of the school's dorm residents were accused, and approximately 1,000 cases involving copyright violations were bogging down the school's judicial system.

While some have accused the university of being “an enforcer of the recording industry,” school officials say no student has made more that two illegal downloads since the implementation of the software.
—Excerpted from an Associated Press article