P2P Software and Copyright Violations

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 11:00 am

Since the start of classes, Smith has received 18 notices of student violations of the copyright provisions of the College’s Acceptable Use Policy.  Companies that have sent violation notices include RIAA, HBO, Warner, and Paramount. 

The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications used to commit these violations include BitTorrent, Gnutella, Limewire, and Ares.  If you have any of these applications or similar ones on your computer, we recommend that you remove them immediately.

If you choose to keep P2P software on your computer and are detected using it to distribute copyright-protected material, please be aware of the consequences.  You will first be notified that you are in violation of federal copyright law and the college’s policy on the acceptable use of computer resources.  If you do not remove the software at that time, your network access will be disabled and you will be required to meet with the Dean of Students.  If the problem persists, the matter will be referred to the Judicial Board.

Please take the appropriate steps to avoid disciplinary actions and potential legal problems for yourself.

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