If you download and/or distribute unauthorized copies of
copyrighted music recordings and movies, you are breaking the law
and may be held legally liable for thousands of dollars in damages.
Federal law provides severe penalties for the unauthorized
reproduction, distribution, or digital transmission of copyrighted
materials. The FBI investigates allegations of criminal copyright
infringement and violators are prosecuted.
Most P2P software turns file sharing on by default as soon as
the software is installed. This means that others may access
materials on your computer without your knowledge, whether you have
given permission or not. Downloading copyrighted music or movie
files without permission is illegal. It is also illegal to share
purchased music or movie files with others, again, whether you are
aware that you have done it or not.
If you install P2P software, turn the file sharing options off.
And, remember, if you are sharing materials inadvertantly, you are
still liable for violating copyright law.The best way to disable
P2P File Sharing is to uninstall the program.
The University at Buffalo employs bandwidth shaping to manage
network traffic. This impacts the file sharing of copyrighted
material on UB's network by limiting outgoing traffic. UB uses
hardware and rules to limit various Peer-to-Peer protocols on our
There are many online legal options for music and movies.
Artists and their recording labels have websites; many TV network
websites provide streaming of popular programs at no cost.