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.
The full survey results are available here. A press release is available here.
What Do You Think? is available under a Creative Commons license under which anyone may download, copy, exhibit, and distribute the documentary for non-profit, educational purposes without needing to get permission from the IP Institute. More than 100 schools around the country have taken advantage of this opportunity to use the documentary in orientation, computer training, honor court proceedings, classroom sessions, and other contexts.