Archive:Notes on Response to HR 4137

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  • Problems with filtering
    • Fair Use/infringement issue
    • Costs
      • Hardware
      • Gratis software requires upkeep and maintenance
      • Aggregate man-hours involved with implementing
    • Mission of the university
    • Makes the network worse, not better
    • Backing up data
    • Moving large amounts of data
  • Alternatives
    • Compulsory licensing or license agreements with universities to provide a subscription as part of a university fee
      • Would have to be DRM-free
      • Would have to be fair payment, perhaps with the idea of willing buyer, willing seller


  • Filtering would have to distinguish between Fair Use and infringement : impossible
  • Not w/in mission of University to be responsible for this - their purpose is to encourage learning. The proposed interferes with that mission
    • does not push forward the efficacy of the university project
  • Costs are very high for monitoring/ filtering/ managing this effort
    • hardware costs
    • even gratis software requires upkeep, maintenance
    • more work for IT / admin
  • Vague language in bill
  • plus / minus
  • Blocking legit traffic
    • fair use
    • moving large data (slow down)

Looking forward

  • Grant money could go to legit, free projects rather than filtering projects
  • Vague language could be interpreted in a way that supports to free culture



Web at large

  • Static page for people to link to


  • Tuesday morning