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Debate set on campus file-sharing, May 6

Two attorneys who specialize in the copyright of electronic information will debate the online trading of music and video on college campuses at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in 101 Friend Center.

The student-organized event, titled "Fear-to-peer: A Debate About File-sharing on Campus," will be moderated by Edward Felten, professor of computer science. It is free and open to the public.

The speakers will be Dean Garfield, vice president and director of legal affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and Wendy Seltzer, an intellectual property attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The MPAA and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have filed lawsuits against students from many universities for allegedly sharing copyrighted material on computer networks. Some of the RIAA suits have targeted Princeton students. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has advocated fewer restrictions on online file-sharing and has joined in the defense of those targeted by industry lawsuits.

The debate will focus on the effectiveness of the industry lawsuits and how universities should address the challenges posed by electronic file-sharing.

"It's a critical issue as students are being sued, and it affects college students across the country," said Princeton senior Stacy Chen, who helped organize the event. "We wanted to bring a dialogue to campus, with high-profile people having an honest discussion."

Other organizers of the event were senior Daniel Peng nd graduate students Harlan Yu and Alex Halderman. It is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Department of Computer Science, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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