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legal digital downloading!
you aware of the latest laws governing Peer to Peer (P2P) file sharing? If not, it could be
be fooled…copyright laws do not just apply to
that research paper or presentation you are writing but also to the songs,
movies, TV shows, games, and other software that you like so much. Downloading
or sharing copies of copyrighted material for personal use or entertainment
without explicit permission from the copyright owner is against the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and can be costly. Penalties for breaking
the law are:
- In Criminal
Court, you can be sentenced to 5 years in prison and $250,000 in
- In Civil Court,
you can be sued for damages and the minimum penalty is $750 per song.
Copyright owners actively search for
copyright infringements of their works by using technology to identify pirated
content on peer to peer networks, and they can identify you by your Internet
Provider (IP) address. In 2011, Internet Service Providers (ISP), like Comcast and Verizon who assign your IP address, agreed to
implementing a Copyright Alert System. When notified by a copyright owner
of suspected piracy activity on your account, the ISP will use your IP address
to identify you and send you an online Alert Notice. Do not ignore these
Montgomery College Student Code of Conduct (#42001) and Acceptable Use of Technology (#66001) Policies specifically prohibit the use of the College’s technology
resources for illegal file-sharing of copyrighted material. The College is required by law to notify you of the DMCA law
and to divulge the name and address if it receives a legitimate complaint,
warrant, subpoena or court order about illegal file-sharing activities.
There are also other factors to consider when engaging in file sharing regardless of legalities. You need to be careful not to put your computer and personal information at risk.
- P2P file sharing
can expose the personal information you may have stored on your computer. You must ensure that your security is correctly
set to prevent exposure.
- Free P2P file sharing programs and free downloaded files have been known to install malware on your computer such as spyware or viruses that can be extremely
damaging to your PC and files.
is a partial list of popular commercial services that allow you to listen,
watch, order, or download music, movies, and TV shows
legal download sites can be found at: