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Thursday, August 14th, 2008

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Link Harvest: Why It Never Pays to Cooperate With the IP Mafia
As this story points out, colleges that attempted to cooperate with the RIAA and others now find that cooperation used against them in court as proof that there is no "undue burden" in asking them to go further. It also notes the passage of the <a href="http://www.zeropaid.com/news/9683/Congress+Passes+Legislation+Requiring+Colleges+to+Fight+P2P/>Higher Education Opportunity Act</a> (I love the Orwellian names on these things), which requires colleges and universities to adopt fairly extensive content filter mandates. A similar development made it impossible to ever settle domain name disputes. Even willingness to discuss a settlement was often used as evidence of an intent to resell the name and thus qualify as a "cybersquatter." This ensured that every case would go to litigation. At least my colleagues in the IP bar don't go hungry, even if it sucks to be a client.

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