Student Downloading and File-Sharing: Problems and Responses for College Housing

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Deborah J. Taub, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Today's college students are the most technology-savvy, computer-oriented generation of college students in history: Twenty percent have been using computers since the primary grades; more than 70% check their e-mail at least daily; and most (85%) own their own computers (Jones, 2002). One recent study found that 94% of campus residents had access to computers in their residence hall rooms (Knerr & Woosley, 2004). College students expect that they will have near-ubiquitous, high-speed computer access wherever they are on campus (Barran, 2003). To the coveted title of "most wired campus" we now must add "most unwired campus," which recognizes the migration to wireless Internet service ( Although easy access to computers and high-speed networks may contribute positively to students' academic experiences in significant ways, this technology also has had adverse impacts on campus (Barratt, 2003). One area that has received considerable media attention in the past few years is downloading and file-sharing of copyrighted material, such as music and movies. Under the No Electronic Theft Law (NET Act), these activities are a violation of copyright, and individual violators may face both imprisonment and fines.

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Journal of College and University Student Housing
Language: English
Date: 2007
File-Sharing, College, University, Students

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