Ohio U. Officials Say Their New P2P Ban Has ‘Virtually Stopped’ Piracy

Just a week after Ohio University enacted its new prohibition on peer-to-peer networking, campus officials said they were already reaping benefits. Now the university has stepped forward with a more thorough progress report, and according to administrators, the early returns seem encouraging.

The Recording Industry Association of America, which once sent the university at least 10 copyright-infringement notices per day, now registers "nearly zero" complaints, according to Brice Bible, Ohio's chief information officer.

Mr. Bible said in a written statement that the university has "virtually stopped" illegal file sharing by cutting off student users of popular peer-to-peer networks and at least one "darknet" — an underground hub that let students swap files on the campus network without connecting to the broader Internet. And according to the statement, the university's software can block illegal file sharing "while leaving most legal file sharing untouched."

Critics of the ban may still argue that "most" is not enough. But Mr. Bible said Ohio's network "is now set up to automatically let through the types of traffic legal users are asking for." –Brock Read

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