USC To Limit, Not Ban Napster

School bucks trend of others that have blocked the MP3 trading program.

Bowing to pressure from students, the University of Southern California is reportedly bucking the growing campus trend of banning the Napster MP3 search and distribution program, the campus student newspaper, the Daily Trojan, has reported. The school instead will limit the amount of Internet resources individuals can use. According to the paper, students who use more than 40 percent of their allotted bandwidth — whether or not with Napster — for two consecutive hours will have their Net access shut off. Dozens of colleges and universities have banned traffic through Napster, most of them claiming the phenomenally popular software was overwhelming school computer systems.