National CyberEducation Project
In 2004, the University of Richmond's Intellectual Property Institute founded the National CyberEducation Project (the "NCEP"), a nationwide effort to engage students, faculty, and administrators on college campuses in discussion of contemporary intellectual property issues. Because debates over such issues often appeared to reflect a new generation gap, the Project focused on educational efforts that worked to bridge that gap, with an emphasis on in-depth, student-oriented, campus-centric programs and materials.
In 2007, the IP Institute transferred administration of the NCEP to The Media Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit foundation that promotes freedom of expression. NCEP materials from 2007 and earlier are available below.
What Do You Think? Documentary
What Do You Think? is a short documentary on intellectual property and file-sharing, featuring on-the-street interviews with college students and reactions from experts on both sides of the issue.
Survey on College Student File-Sharing
According to the IP Institute's March 2006 survey of college students, more than one-third (34 percent) of college students are illegally downloading music from free peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Thirty-nine percent say they pay for downloads, while two in five college students say they never get music online. Among other findings:
- The two most popular locations for downloading were college campuses (53 percent) and students' parents' homes (19 percent)
- Of those who never download music (free or paid), 53 percent equate it to "stealing" while 44 percent don't see a problem with it
- More than half of respondents (54 percent) said they weren't sure whether illegal downloads were against their college or university's policies
- Almost three in four students (71 percent) said that illegal downloads "hurt record companies," and more than half (56 percent) said they "hurt established musicians."
- 74 percent said downloads "help up-and-coming musicians," ostensibly because the students believe the file-sharing helps to increase the musicians' exposure
- 14 percent of students use "work-arounds"—software employed to counter the anti-copying technologies used by programs like iTunes.
The national telephone survey was conducted by IPSOS from March 4th to March 29th. The survey was conducted among a sample of 500 enrolled college students who are 18-24 years old. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 5 percent.