Colleges delegate large amounts of money toward preventing students from downloading copyrighted music and movies, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
A report from the Campus Computing Project surveyed colleges about their use of information technology. In 2007, private universities spent an average of $408,000 on fighting piracy while public universities spent around $170,000. Community colleges spent an average of $50,000.
Legal downloading services cost most colleges nothing; for example, Ruckus Network, which the College uses, makes its money through advertising.