Digital Citizen Project, Illinois State University

Summary of Project

Illinois State University has launched a research project to significantly impact illegal piracy of electronically received materials. Using a comprehensive approach to confront pervasive attitudes and behaviors in peer-to-peer downloading of movies, music, and media we address ethical and legal issues through the following:

  • educating our college students
  • self monitoring and enforcement
  • providing multiple legal digital media services
  • marketing and public relations of our program and services
  • investigating K-16 use of peer-to-peer software use and developing a curriculum component to combat illegal downloads
  • working with industry leaders to create educational fair use media definitions and faster copyright use
  • providing rewards for our students

Our ultimate goal is to create a nationally recognized program that will be cost-effective and is replicable on other college and university campuses.