New rules bring online piracy fight to US campuses

(AP) - Colleges and universities that don't do enough to combat the illegal swapping of "Avatar" or Lady Gaga over their computer networks are putting themselves at risk of losing federal funding.

A provision of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 that takes effect Thursday makes schools a reluctant ally in the entertainment industry's campaign to stamp out unauthorized distribution of copyrighted music, movies and TV shows.

That means good-bye to peer-to-peer file-sharing on a few campuses, gentle warnings on others and extensive education programs just about everywhere.

What's uncertain is whether the efforts will make a dent in digital piracy.

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