Peer-to-Peer File sharing, popularly known as P2P, is technology which allows computer users (peers) to find and share digital files.
All students, faculty and staff at UNCP should be knowledgeable concerning file sharing/file downloading. In compliance with the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, DoIT provides this page of links for you to better understand P2P (Peer-to-Peer) file-sharing/file-downloading and the laws concerning this popular method of enjoying music, movies and more.
There are both legal and illegal means for obtaining your favorite music, popular movies, and other needed files. DoIT wants to ensure you have necessary information to legally obtain and enjoy digital media. Illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted files carries with it serious consequences and UNCP is directed by law to inform you of those consequences and to address copyright violation notices. Our goal is to assist you in understanding the possibilities and consequences of illegal P2P (Peer-to-Peer) file-sharing/file-downloading on UNCP’s network while also being informed of the legal alternatives.
UNCP wants you to make the right choices while still enjoying your favorite entertainment media.
The sharing and downloading of copyrighted materials is governed by federal law as defined in the
Here's a site with information on P2P file sharing including legal notification of copyright violation and questions frequently asked by people just like you.
Think that illegal file-sharing is not a big deal? Think getting caught couldn’t happen to you? That’s what Derek at UNC-Charlotte thought too. Watch this informative video which includes an interview with Derek from our sister campus, UNCC.
Follow these links for lists of sites offering legal means to get the music, movies, and files you’re looking for:
Used with permission. (c) Illinois State University
Click here for Information on the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) from EDUCAUSE.
Respectcopyrights.org is another informative site about HEOA and The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), including what to do if you've received notification concerning illegally copied and/or distributed copyrighted movies or television shows; how to avoid Digital Piracy; and where to legally get movies and TV shows.
If you have a P2P file-sharing software on your drive, you may expose your computer to strangers without knowing. Use the technology properly.
Reset or uninstall your P2P (Peer-to-Peer) file-sharing software
Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011
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