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Important information about the dangers of
peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing

The information below is critical to every student, faculty and staff person at Towson University. Even if you consider yourself a law abiding person on this subject, you may unwittingly be participating in illegal file-sharing. The information in this site is intended to help the Towson University community understand not only P2P Copyright legal issues but common ways that you may be opening the door to P2P file sharing on your computer or using your NetID.

The Law:

Downloading or offering for download any Copyrighted Intellectual property (music, movies, text books, etc.) via a means not approved by the content owner is a violation of US Federal law. Towson University responds to hundreds of violation notices each year. Towson University is required to identify and remediate each violation reported to the institution. A letter outlining the remediation steps for students who share copyrighted files was distributed to all students by the Office of Technology Services. A copy of this letter is available at the following linked location.

Helpful information:

The video clip linked below provides information to students on the dangers of P2P file-sharing. We provide more specific guidance in our "Keep the Beat Aboveboard" page on the OTS web site.

Frequently Asked Questions:

On the page linked below we provide answers to commonly asked questions regarding P2P file sharing specific to the Towson University community.




 

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