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University leads P2P discussion

Oct. 8, 2007

By Sean O'Malley

Nowhere is the clash over peer-to-peer downloads more heated than on college campuses. Everyone has an opinion, and even legal issues that appear cut and dried on the surface are not so simple, once they reach the courtroom. Is the recording industry drowning in a flood of pirated downloads or swimming in cash from P2P-inspired sales? Will file-sharing technologies be the industry's destruction or its salvation? Where do universities fit into these trends?

To advance the conversation on these complex issues -- and perhaps even shape their future -- Ohio University will host "P2P File Sharing: A 360° Perspective," from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Baker University Center Ballroom. It promises to be a no-holds-barred panel discussion on these issues. 

Ohio University Chief Information Officer Brice Bible thinks the time is right for higher education to take the lead in examining file sharing. 

"Colleges and universities already are in the middle of this debate" Bible said.  "If you ask me, that's the perfect place to be if you want to see all sides of an issue."

Major players from all aspects of the music downloading controversy will present their cases and field questions from a live audience and remote participants.

The panel, with Billy Zero of XM Satellite Radio as moderator, includes:

  • Ashwin Navin, president of BitTorrent downloading service
  • Jonathan Lamy, director of communications for the Recording Industry Association of America
  • Bob Regan, songwriter and legislative chair of the Nashville Songwriters Association International
  • Jorma Kaukonen, founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Eddie Ashworth, instructor, Ohio University School of Telecommunications, independent record producer and owner of Hideout Recordings
  • Timothy Vonville, president of Ohio University Student Senate

The event will be streamed live. Internet audience members will be able to submit questions for the panel via a live chat session.

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