The Therapy Sessions
Friday, November 07, 2003
Penn State Will Pay to Allow Students to Download Music
Maybe this is why college is getting so expensive?
The silly people who run school administrations are just looking for dumb ideas to spend money on:
Pennsylvania State University has agreed to cover the cost of providing its students with a legal method to download music from a catalog of half a million songs, in a departure from punitive efforts to curtail music swapping on college campuses.
The deal between Penn State and the newly revised Napster online service is expected to serve as a model for other universities. It comes as the music industry applies pressure on students and colleges in its antipiracy campaign.
Graham Spanier, the president of Penn State, said it was the first time a college had taken it upon itself to provide music to its students.
"It is unusual," Dr. Spanier said. "But today's college students have told us how important this is to them and with the record industry's new enforcement efforts, we think they'll be very excited to participate."
For some students, the deal may seem as though Prohibition has ended, and drinks are on the house.
Maybe the University just ought stay out of this.