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Distraught over term papers downloaded from the Internet, English departments are budgeting for anti-plagiarism software like Turnitin and Columbia University has restricted its students' downloads to 1 megabyte per week. And the Recording Industry Association of America is slapping thousands of file-sharing undergraduates with million-dollar lawsuits. The lesson for students is clear: sharing information is bad.

The Pool offers a very different message. This online environment is an experiment in sharing art, text, and code--not just sharing digital files themselves, but sharing the process of making them. In place of the single-artist, single-artwork paradigm favored by the overwhelming majority of studio art programs and collection management systems, The Pool stimulates and documents collaboration in a variety of forms, including multi-author, asynchronous, and cross-medium projects.

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Michelle Delio, "Copyright Doesn't Cover This Site," Wired.

Andrea L. Foster, "New Media Scholars' Place in 'The Pool' Could Lead to Tenure," Chronicle of Higher Education.

Zachary McCune, "Q + A with Jon Ippolito and John Bell on Open Source Art," Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard.

Margaretha Haughwout, "A Reflecting or Refracting Pool?," First Monday. [An intriguing sociological analysis of The Pool.]

Craig Dietrich, "The Pool: A Path toward Global Reach," in Trebor Scholz, ed., Learning through Digital Media: Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy, The Politics of Digital Culture Book Series.

The Pool is also a featured project of the Open Art Network, the book At the Edge of Art, and been written up in over 40 blogs worldwide.
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The Pool is itself a collaboration of faculty and students in the New Media Department of the University of Maine:
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  • Joline Blais, conceptual architect
  • Margaretha Haughwout, sociologist-in-residence
  • Jon Ippolito, conceptual architect, approach designer, and release engineer
  • Matt James, approach designer and release engineer
  • Jerome Knope, approach designer and release engineer
  • Justin Russell, approach designer and release engineer
  • Mike Scott, conceptual consultant and host administrator
  • Owen Smith, conceptual consultant
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