BitTorrent, uTorrent, Pando, Transmission, what’s it all about? Though it has its uses, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is not allowed on any of Loyola’s WiFi networks. Because of this, programs such as the ones listed previously will interfere with your WiFi connection while on the Loyola campus.
he best way to prevent these problems from occurring is to remove any and all P2P programs from your machine before bringing it on campus. Though it’s not allowed on campus, P2P file sharing isn’t necessarily illegal. Contrary to popular belief, there are more uses for P2P sharing than simply downloading music, videos, and games. In fact, it is completely within your rights to share these kinds of files and it only becomes illegal when you share copyrighted material (music, movies, programs, games, TV shows, etc).
That being said, even when being used for legal purposes, you must be careful using P2P sharing networks.
There is often a lot of risk associated with P2P sharing and not just because of downloading copyrighted material; it is all too easy for an individual to share a malicious file disguised as something legitimate. When this happens, you are willingly giving someone else access to your machine, files, and other personal information.
For more information about P2P file sharing and copyright law check out the following links: http://www.luc.edu/its/itspoliciesguidelines/Policy_p2p.shtml and http://www.copyright.gov/title17/ http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001042.htm
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Submitted By: Ian Cassidy
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