During the 2017-18 academic year, 7 KU students were nabbed by the recording, motion picture and television industries for sharing copyrighted music, movies and TV shows.
Most of the students sharing copyrighted material were using BitTorrent filesharing programs. These peer-to-peer programs, like uTorrent, display the student's IP address and make it very easy for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other organizations to trace violations back to a specific student-owned computer.
In order to abide by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, when Kutztown University receives a copyright infringement notification from the RIAA or other organization, the identified student's internet access is immediately blocked and the Office of Student Conduct Standards is notified. First-time infringers are required to take their computer to the ResNet helpdesk where the filesharing client can be removed from the system. After that, the student's network access is re-enabled.
Repeat infringers could potentially lose network access permanently.
Facts about music/movie downloading and sharing
Did you know that...
...the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and other organizations target college campuses for peer-to-peer (P2P) use.
...if you are identified for sharing copyrighted material, you will be blocked from logging into the network.
...if you are identified for sharing copyrighted material, you will be sanctioned by the Office of Student Conduct Standards.
...studies have estimated 45% of files downloaded using P2P applications include some form of unexpected payload (e.g. virus, spyware, etc).
...P2P applications are extremely bandwidth-intensive and slow down the network for everyone else.
Fortunately, there are many other legal alternatives for downloading and/or streaming music and movies. If you have any questions about programs that provide downloading/filesharing services for music, movies, TV shows, etc., please email email@example.com.