Archive for the 'riaa' tag

Message to Students about File-Sharing

April 25th, 2008

Over the past year, the college has received 70 notices from the RIAA, with 11 arriving in the last week. Please remember that copyright infringement is against Smith’s Acceptable Use Policy, and that violation of this policy can result in the “removal of network access privileges” on the Smith Residence Network.

If you receive a notice indicating that the RIAA has detected illegal file sharing from your computer, it is important that you respond to the notice from ITS immediately and remove all peer-to-peer (P2P) software from your computer.

If you do not respond, you will no longer be able to use the Smith College Network until all P2P file-sharing software is removed from your computer, regardless of academic responsibilities. Students who violate the Smith College Acceptable Use Policy on copyright infringement may also face the Smith College honor board.

So, with classes about to end and exams just around the corner, please be extra vigilant about your network use! (Read more…)

Downloads & Slow Network Speed

February 15th, 2008

Dear Smith Students,

Since the beginning of the spring semester, ITS has been receiving increasing reports from students of network slow-downs and “sluggishness.” Our network usage statistics show this is primarily due to an increase in the overall volume of peer-to-peer traffic on the campus network. (Read more…)

Link Round-Up: Copyright & File Sharing

October 12th, 2007

Copyright-infringement is a hot topic. Stay safe & informed. (Read more…)

Answers: Copyright Infringement Reminder

September 28th, 2007

A few students had questions about the recent Copyright Infringement Reminder email from ITS.

>> I know sharing copyrighted music is illegal, but what about movies?

Distributing (sharing) copyrighted content without the owner’s permission is illegal regardless of the media. This means that downloading and sharing copyrighted movies and tv shows can also put you at risk for a lawsuit from the copyright holders. (Read more…)

Update: The RIAA & You & Smith

September 25th, 2007

Last spring, the RIAA notified two Smith students that they would be sued for copyright infringement. One student has already settled with the RIAA out of court for $3,000. Additionally, ITS has already been contacted by the RIAA several times this semester about students who they believe are illegally sharing copyrighted music.

Protect yourself from a similar lawsuit by: (Read more…)