By the beginning of class on Feb. 17 you are to write a paper of approximately 5 pages that stakes out a clearly articulated position in the debate on electronic file sharing (of music, videos, etc.) and argues that position as strongly as possible. Possible positions include but are not limited to the following. Names in parentheses indicate students who will be arguing this position (more or less) in the in-class debate; they are exempt from the written assignment.
Note that you are not required to argue your personal beliefs; you are free to play “Devil's Advocate” if desired.
Once papers are handed back, students taking the class for upper-level writing will have an additional week to revise their paper for writing credit. The regular course grade will be based on the Feb. 17 draft.