Fighting piracy costs colleges big bucks

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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.

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