Thankfully, the regulatory environment does not change quite as quickly as the communications networks we build and are responsible for running. That said, there are still a gaggle of regulations that must be complied with.
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On college and university campuses, the violation of copyrights remains both a legitimate concern and area of regulatory focus. The entertainment and publishing industries, with their considerable legislative weight, have succeeded in making their demands known. A number of these regulations are outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). While these regulations were created in the United States, they are broadly acknowledged around the globe as transcendent. Local laws certainly exist, as well they should, but the spirit of them is the same. In general, few would argue that the commercial rights of a content creator hold sway and ought to be protected accordingly.
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In Kindergarten through Grade 12 in the States, the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) imposes sanctions against schools that do not provide protections by having a mitigation plan against the delivery of pornographic images to students while on school grounds. While previous legislation ran into trouble in various appeals courts and indeed were found unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, CIPA has stood the test of time. It’s survival directly attributable to its direct ties to public funding.
Thankfully, few taxpayers see the benefit in delivering offensive materials to children over communications networks built with their hard-earned monies.
Which gets us to the point about technology’s role in assisting with compliance. Exinda is broadly used across North America and indeed the world to ensure user experience on school campuses of all sizes and distribution. Indeed, some of the most prestigious schools count themselves as Exinda customers.
While the regulatory landscape is different from country to country, some fundamental principles apply to all:
- Stealing the fruits of someone else’s hard work is not a good idea
- Delivery of objectionable material to young school children serves no good purpose
To ensure these things do not happen, many of our educational customers use the inherent capabilities in visibility and enforcement to prevent them. These applications of Exinda technology ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations, whatever they demand. But most importantly, our technology bolsters the standing of ideals that most civilized people would agree are fundamental to our social contract.
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