University of Michigan bites the bullet on P2P file-sharing

Interesting to hear that the University of Michigan has launched a new `educational service' designed to "help students avoid unintentionally infringing copyright law."

The BAYU (Be Aware You're Uploading) automated system detects when computers on the University network upload files using P2P file sharing technology.

The automated service, which started on Tuesday of this week, doesn't block P2P file sharing, but, when it detects it taking place, sends an e-mail with a link to educational information and University resources to the person associated with that PC.

The University says that the idea is that students can `mitigate their risks' by monitoring their use of P2P technology, understanding how the technology works, and learning about the laws and policies that govern its use.

Hmmmmmm - myself, I have my doubts that the BAYU system will stop students from glugging down loads of free media files.

Having said that, the system could be engineered to stop P2P file sharing after issuing a warning to students.

Who then sign up to services like Furk.net to by-pass the P2P blocking system, as well as using encrypted IP streaming to escape detection.

At which stage the Department for Homeland Security would start taking an interest, as it would no longer be possible to monitor the student's use of the Internet.

Talk about cutting your own nose off to spite your own face. Top marks to the University of Michigan for (not) thinking this one through...