Pennsylvania State University has agreed to cover the cost of providing its students with a legal method to download music from a catalog of half a million songs. [New York Times]
Taking student mandatory student fees does not classify as the school paying for anything. It’s the students who are paying for the service… just aggregated through the university’s deal. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the university president led a committee with the RIAA and the entertainment companies to find alternatives to file sharing networks. They came up with quite a revolutionary alternative plan… you pay.