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File sharing at IU: What you should know

If you use file sharing programs such as KaZaA, Bittorrent, Edonkey, Limewire, Bearshare, or Morpheus (among others), you may be at risk for copyright infringement. Learn how to protect yourself.

If you use file sharing programs such as KaZaA, Bittorrent, Edonkey, Limewire, Bearshare, or Morpheus (among others), you may be at risk for copyright infringement. To protect yourself:

* Ensure that your file sharing program is not set to share the files on your computer.

* If you do set the program to share files, make sure you have explicit permission from the copyright holders to share all files accessible to this application.

* Confirm that the distributor of a file you want has permission from the copyright holder to distribute it.

* Assume you do not have permission to download or distribute a file unless you have proof to the contrary.

(Check the web sites of the musicians, record company, or movie studio for permission. And, when you purchase music, movies, games, etc., read the license carefully to see whether you're allowed to reformat or share the material.)

* When you install file sharing applications, you may inadvertently install spyware and/or adware, which can cause access problems -- be sure to scan your computer with a spyware removal tool.

Learn more about how to avoid copyright infringement at:

http://filesharing.iu.edu