Four schools in the University of North Carolina (UNC) system will participate in a pilot program that will allow students to download music, movies, and other copyrighted material on the internet for free.

Four digital content providers--iTunes, Ruckus, Cdigix, and Rhapsody--are participating in the test runs spearheaded by UNC system administrators, who for years have been searching for a solution to illegal file-sharing on campus.

The universities will be responsible for monitoring any computers hooked into their networks and are expected to remove copyrighted files that are shared illegally. ...

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