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File sharing

File sharing, of copyrighted material for which you do not own the copyrights for, through networks like Ares, LimeWire, Kazaa, and Gnutella is illegal, and is an infringement upon copyright laws. It is important to know that these programs are often laced with spyware and also open up your computer to the Internet. If you are caught using a file sharing program to share or download movies, music, or games you can lose your Internet access (including your e-mail) at the University permanently. You can visit theĀ RIAA Website for more information about file sharing or e-mailĀ security@utep.edu with any additional questions.

Sharing or Downloading of Unauthorized Copyrighted Material

The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other related industries occasionally send notices to UTEP on potential copyright infringements. There has recently been a significant increase in the number of these incidents being sent to UTEP. The Information Security Office (ISO) would like to remind everyone that utilizing university resources for the purposes of sharing or downloading unauthorized copyrighted files is in direct violation of University information resource policies, and individuals may be subject to loss of UTEP Information Resource access privileges, and may include civil and criminal penalties for copyright infringement.

If anyone is found to be using file sharing programs to illegally share or download movies, music or games, they can lose their internet access (including e-mail) at the University permanently. Additionally, violation of these policies may result in disciplinary action for employees and students, including termination of employment, suspension and/or expulsion.

For more information, please follow these links to view Section 6 - Unacceptable Use of university resources from the Information Security Policy Manual. Additional information may be found on the Information Security Office web page as well.

For more information please review the following presentation, which is available in English and Spanish, or contact us at (915) 747-6324.