In file sharing software, how can I disable outbound file sharing?
In file sharing applications such as Morpheus, KaZaA, iMesh, or eDonkey2000, you can configure the software so that you can retrieve MP3, video, and other files without offering your own files for public access. For help, see the Indiana University University Information Policy Office's Disabling P2P File Sharing.
Warning: It is your responsibility as a computer and Internet user at Indiana University to act legally and responsibly with regard to collecting and sharing MP3 files and other potentially copyrighted materials. For information about this subject, visit the University Information Policy Office site Peer-to-peer (P2P) File Sharing & Copyright Safety.
Under federal law, IU is obligated to investigate any allegations of infringement that it receives, and campus judicial action can result under some circumstances. You may want to consult the No Electronic Theft Act to familiarize yourself with some of the laws and criminal penalties regarding copyright infringement.
While it is important to protect yourself by disabling outbound file sharing, remember that downloading or distributing whole copies of copyrighted material for personal use or entertainment without explicit permission from the copyright holder is against the law. This includes, but is not limited to, downloading using peer-to-peer software.
Last modified on November 30, 2011.