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About Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Filesharing

About Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Filesharing

Peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing allows users to share files online through an informal network of computers running the same software. How you use P2P software may violate federal copyright law and University Policy. Using P2P filesharing software that copies and distributes music, videos, software, games, or other copyrighted works without permission of the copyright holder is a violation University Policy and US copyright law.

Be aware – you may be uploading

Michigan Tech continually faces issues in the areas of copyright infringements and poor network performance caused by network users who are illegally uploading and downloading digital content. Users are often unaware that services like LimeWire or BitTorrent can and do share these files even when the application isn't open. Under the Digital Millennial Copyright Act (DMCA), you are liable for all illegal filesharing to and from your computer, even if you are not aware this is happening.

It is important to know the facts of what activities violate copyright law. For more information refer to our P2P Filesharing frequently asked questions.

Consequences of Illegal Filesharing

At Michigan Tech, consequences of illegal filesharing include substantial fees and loss of network services. Complainants may also file charges through the U.S. Court system which could result in civil and criminal penalties.

Even as recent as July 2009, a federal jury found a Boston University graduate student responsible for $675,000 in damages. These funds were awarded to four record labels for distributing 30 songs.

Alternatives to Illegal Filesharing

We strongly encourage you to use alternative legal methods to obtain copyrighted material. Most music must be paid for in one form or another.

Legal sources of Online Content as compiled by Educause can be viewed at: http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent