File Sharing For Students
In reference to the Student Technology Guide policy
(revised copy 2009-2010) page 24-25, the following list of P2P file-sharing programs
be installed on your computer:
Shareaza, WinMX, BitTorrent, Limewire, Morpheus,eMule,
Ares, BearShare, Kazaa, iMesh, FastTrack, Ares Galaxy, Gnutella, ANts P2P,
Azureus, BitComet, BitTornado, BitTorrent 5, BitTorrent 6, Cabos, DC++,
ExoSee, eDonkey2000, Freenet, KCeasy, FrostWire, giFT, µTorrent,
Warez P2P, Winny, AresWarez, Blubster.
You may not be aware the file sharing applications cause the following
- They waste your bandwidth: Not only will these
programs share your downloaded songs and videos, but they can
significantly slow performance of your own computer and impact network
performance for the University as a whole.
- They come bundled with adware or spyware: Many
file-sharing applications come bundled with adware or spyware which
automatically installed on your computer along with the file-sharing
application. This software can monitor your activity, sending
information to third-party vendors and advertisers on such things as
what Web pages you browse or what searches you perform. Apart from
privacy, concerns, these add-ons use your computer's system resources to
operate and will affect performance. Depending on how much spyware
and/or adware you have installed, this may be significant.
- You could be sued: If you share files that you
are not the copyright owner of, you are likely in violation of
University policy and potentially subject to lawsuit by the copyright
holder under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. You are responsible
for understanding what constitutes legal use of music, movies, software,
images, and other copyright works that you own or use. BY using these
resources you agree to abide by the policies and guidelines set forth by
The first time you receive an un-authorized file sharing violation you will be required to complete the tasks listed below within two business days or your network privileges will be disabled.
You must perform the following tasks:
• Remove all peer-to-peer file sharing software and all illegally obtained copyrighted material
• Take your computer to the Computer Support Center (which is in room 127 of the Student Computing Complex) during normal business hours and let them know you received a File Sharing email notification so that it can be confirmed that the software and illegally obtained copyrighted material have been removed
• Watch a video
• Read and sign a form
After verification of compliance with all of the above tasks your computer will be returned to you and no further action will be required. Your network privileges will not be disabled.
If you do not complete all of the above tasks within the two business days, your network privileges will be disabled with no exceptions.
If you receive any further un-authorized File Sharing violations your network privileges will be disabled immediately without notice and you will be referred to Student Conduct and Integrity for possible disciplinary action.
Any subsequent un-authorized file sharing violations will result in your network privileges being disabled immediately and you will be referred to Student Conduct and Integrity for further investigation. Network privileges remain disabled until the outcome of the Student Conduct and Integrity hearing.
If a file-sharing program causes problems for the Indiana State network
or such use results in allegations of violation of copyright, OIT is
authorized to disconnect your computer from the network if you are in
violation of University policy.
ISU is committed to making you aware of
legal options for downloading and sharing music, movies and other digital
media. Please go to this list
provided by Educause to find sources for legal downloads. Some of these
resources make music available to you at no charge; others offer digital
media at a reasonable cost.
Indiana State recognizes there are legitimate needs for file sharing
activity and therefore does not block the legal use of this type of
application. However, Indiana State does not permit illegal file-sharing and
actually works to detect and block illegal downloads.