Federal financial aid is always an arm-twisting manuever used against colleges, and this is no different. Colleges must, according to Congress, make more of an effort to police their students, or face the "music" (pun intended).
New federal legislation says universities must agree to provide not just deterrents but also "alternatives" to peer-to-peer piracy, such as paying monthly subscription fees to the music industry for their students, on penalty of losing all financial aid for their students.
The U.S. House of Representatives bill, which was introduced late Friday by top Democratic politicians, could give the movie and music industries a new revenue stream by pressuring schools into signing up for monthly subscription services such as Ruckus and Napster. Ruckus is advertising-supported, and Napster charges a monthly fee per student.
Wait, so based on how things normally run, which members of Congress have received some donations from the RIAA?