If we were to follow your suggestions and open the pipe, we would have to hire someone to deal with the RIAA letters coming in, tie them to a particular student, and forward the soon to be arriving lawsuit to them. As Orwellian as it sounds, we do this part for their own good. The last thing we want is a bunch of stuck up students with rich and powerful parents to be sued while on campus. As for the "smarter" students, if they're smart enough to get around our security, we pretty much turn a blind eye to them. If they are that able then we can be pretty sure they aren't going to do something to draw attention to themselves like downloading Brittney Spears newest abomination. Also, by allowing this access on our network, we're implicitly condoning that behavior. It's usually the law students who come in and take issue with us not allowing them to steal as they see fit, ignoring the irony of it. Bottom line, while we aren't responsible directly for security of the students system, we are directly responsible for the environment it resides in. I'm proud to say that less than 2% of the systems on our campus are exhibiting virus like network traffic, and we've quashed all zombie systems within minutes of appearing on our network.