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File Sharing

Statement on File Sharing

File sharing is the process of distributing or providing access to files for others to download from the Internet. One of the most popular and controversial ways of sharing files is through peer-to-peer software (P2P). Examples of P2P file sharing software include LimeWire, BitTorrent, and Kazaa among others. Not all file sharing is illegal, but many of the files on P2P file sharing networks are copyrighted works that are being distributed or copied without the permission of the copyright holder.

User Responsibilities

It is unethical and illegal to use MiSPP’s information technology (IT) resources to copy or distribute copyrighted materials without proper authorization. Users may be held responsible even if they were unaware that their actions constituted copyright infringement. See the MiSPP Copyright Policy for the penalties of copyright infringement.

P2P file sharing is prohibited unless a user can demonstrate that the materials being shared comply with copyright laws and there is an academic need for the service. Members of the MiSPP community may contact the Information Systems Director for permission to use P2P file sharing through the school’s IT resources.

Legal Downloading

In compliance with HEOA legislation, MiSPP maintains a list of resources that provide legal alternatives to illegal downloading. MiSPP does not necessarily endorse any of the specific services or products listed here.