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Ohio University currently restricts illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing on the campus network. You may use P2P technologies for legitimate purposes like gaming, open source downloads, and licensed distribution of media files. However, using P2P software to violate copyright laws carries a number of possible sanctions, including loss of Internet access, referral to the appropriate internal disciplinary process, and even civil or criminal charges.
What is P2P file sharing?
Peer to Peer file sharing is a way of transferring files between individual computers via the Internet. It has come to be the method of choice for illegally distributing copyrighted works like music, movies and software.
Why does the University restrict P2P?
Our computer and Network Use Policy states that acceptable use "shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources." P2P software is a major drain on campus technology resources. Left unchecked, P2P applications will consume all available campus network bandwidth and nobody will be able to access the internet. P2P software also generates a disproportionate amount of work for the university's Service Desk and IT Security staff, both through the side effects of spyware-laden clients and through the effort needed to respond to DMCA complaints filed against OHIO students by the entertainment industry.
Partial Listing Of Restricted Programs
If you have any of the following programs downloaded onto your computer, you will want to remove them in addition to any other file sharing programs you may have.
NOTE: If your internet access is blocked, contact the Service Desk at 740-593-1222. They will walk you through the appropriate steps to get your Internet re-enabled. However, if your access was disabled due to inappropriate peer-to-peer file sharing, you will need to complete the Internet Access Reinstatement Agreement. If you're blocked a second time for inappropriate file sharing, you will be referred to University Judiciaries (or the appropriate administrative department, for employees). At that point, your internet access will remain disabled until the resulting disciplinary case is resolved.