Illegal music trafficking nails 20+ students

Twenty-six students had their Internet access in residence halls disabled to due copyright infringement from peer to peer file sharing this weekend. Students who use programs such as Morpheus, Kazaa, Ares, Grokster or Frostwire are still as risk for legal action by the school or copyright companies if they continue sharing files illegally.

Copyright holders allegedly sent desist letters warning the university to have the students stop using the software that promotes illegal uploading of copyrighted files or the university would be held liable for up to $5000 per violation.

One of the students, who requested that her name be printed as “Blanket,” said that she was having trouble with her Internet Saturday morning when she was downloading a song she heard from a concert the night before on the popular p2p program, Ares.

She said that when she turned her computer back on, the standard Net Registration page for residence halls came up. When she tried to register, a page stated she had an off-campus copyright infringement violation and instructed her to contact Computer Services.

“Blanket” has not yet contacted Computer Services, but she said she would like to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

“I hope, if they really want to make their point across, they will just give me a fine,” said “Blanket,” who holds the possibility of getting expelled.

Other students who have popular p2p programs such as Ares are still risk for legal action if they continue downloading music and allowing others to upload from them. On Saturday September 2, “Medic” posted the bulletin on the Sam Houston State University bulletin board warning students to cease their music piracy to save themselves and the university.

“If you’re running Peer-to-Peer applications that allow easy, fast and free downloading of Music, Movies and Software, its illegal. This includes software like Morpheus, Kazaa, Ares, Grokster, etc. It’s recommended to disable or uninstall the software to protect yourself and the university from liability. You may not only be held liable for up to $5000 per infringement, but may also be kicked out of the university,” said “Medic.”

Other universities and their students have had legal action taken against them for copyright infringement; SHSU is just joining a long list of colleges that are cracking down on students who illegally download music.

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