The saga around Ohio University blocking all P2P traffic continues this week with an exremely confusing interview over at Slyck.com. Slyck asked OU CIO Bruce Bible to explain the details of the new policy, and he had this to say:

"We are detecting and only blocking known illegal P2P protocols. In the event that a legitimate P2P activity would be blocked because it is using a primarily illegal protocol, we have provided an exception process."

So what's an "illegal protocol", you might ask? Slyck and its readers wanted to know the same. The article was updated with the following lines:

"We asked, "... let's assume a student wishes to download a creative commons work that is freely distributed from an artist using BitTorrent. Would that student have to follow the exception process or would it be business as usual?"

Bruce Bible responded by stating that for the purposes we described, BitTorrent is 'permitted and does not require an exception.'"


Now, just as a quick reminder: This is the list of programs that "have the potential to trigger" a block, as published by OU:

"Ares, Azureus, BitComet, BitLord, BitTornado, BitTorrent, FlashGet, Gnutella, KaZaA, LimeWire, Morpheus, Shareaza, uTorrent."

I guess this means students don't need an exception for legal Bittorrent downloads. Unless they use any Bittorrent client to facilitate this download, that is, in which case there is an exception process. Welcome to Kafka's world Ohio University.

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