This week I went to Washington, to testify before the House Committee on Science and Technology about the university perspective on illegal filesharing. My testimony resulted in what may be the worst picture ever taken of any person, at any time, ever.
ASU was invited to testify before the committee to describe its approach to illegal filesharing on its campus. In my remarks, I outlined how ASU uses a combination of education, enforcement, legal alternatives, and network management to contain copyright infringement by members of its community. I also pointed out to the committee that while potentially effective, the protection offered by any given technical measure is temporary, and that the "arms race" of escalating counter-measures needed to combat evolving file-sharing programs over the long term is an increasingly expensive proposition for universities.
I believe that the only permanent solution to illegal filesharing must come from the marketplace. Its hard to sell CD's when they are no longer the product that customers want to buy. If more companies follow the example of EMI and Apple and begin to offer products in forms that customers want, at prices customers are willing to pay, illegal filesharing will move back to the margins and out of the mainstream.
At least that's how it looks to the goofy guy in the tie with his eyes closed on CSpan2. What's with that smirk anyway?