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USF offers students free (not pirated) music



Administrators at USF, one of 25 schools identified earlier this year as among the worst offenders for music piracy, are offering students a free and very legal alternative.

More than three million high-fidelity songs will soon be available for downloading to USF students, through Ruckus Network, Inc., a college-only music and media service used at more than 120 colleges across the country. Among them: Duke, Princeton, Georgia Tech, and UC-Berkeley.

Ruckus music offerings include Timbaland, Fergie, Fall Out Boy and Kanye West, plus classics like the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Al Green, Bob Marley and John Coltrane.

The two-year contract begins Sept. 17. It can't come soon enough for the Motion Picture Association of America, which recently ranked USF No. 23 among the worst 25 offenders for music pirating.

USF had 447 copyright infringement notices last academic year, and was the only school in Florida on the list. No. 1 Columbia University had 1,198 notices, for a little perspective.

That means students using USF's Internet network were downloading music and video without paying. We'll see whether Ruckus puts an end to that....

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:22am]


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