By Jon Newton 7/06/05
Its getting harder and harder for students of any age to get an education in the US without being hammered by greedy corporate entities.
Senior US teaching institutions are relentlessly bombarded by the movie and music cartels which, under the pretext of saving students from lawsuits instigated by the cartels themselves, use school admin staffs to run PR campaigns and make sales pitches for commercial music services such as Napster II which retail industry product.
Hollywoods slick and venal Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities keeps things moving.
Now, Dell has talked the University of Washington into using Dell gear to save students from the Big Four record labels.
Starting this fall, "Dell will sell subscriptions to Napster's digital music service to colleges and universities at a discounted academic rate through Dell account executives," it says in a puff piece, which goes on.
"Colleges will be able to use Dell blade servers on campus to store music from Napster's library locally, allowing network processing speed to remain fast while hundreds of students simultaneously download digital music."
According to UW president Mark Emmert it's, "important for universities to establish mechanisms that provide our students with high quality, legal access to the growing body of content available in digital repositories worldwide. This relationship with Dell and Napster will provide us with a state-of-the-art approach to downloading music."
Incidentally, UW faculty, staff and students can also, "purchase discounted computer systems, electronics and DellTM DJ digital music players".
Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.
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