To the dismay of many college and university leaders, Congress seems intent on imposing tough new requirements aimed at preventing students from sharing protected music and video files over the internet.

It's a battle that higher education's representatives in Washington thought they had won--or, at least, had put to rest for a while--after fighting successfully in early July against a proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that would have required colleges to use technological means to curb so-called digital piracy.

Reid's proposal, which was intended to become part of a then-pending bill to reauthorize the Higher Education...

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