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Illegal File Sharing and Downloading

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sharing and/or downloading copyrighted music, videos, and film is both illegal and against UNCW policy. It is critical that the UNCW community understands the implications of illegal file sharing and downloading are severe. The recording and motion picture industries have adopted an increasingly aggressive position in finding and prosecuting individual infringers, particularly in the university setting, for the sole purpose of making an example of impermissible uses and deterring other infringing activities.

A highly recommended alternative is for student users (and others) is to subscribe to a legal downloading service so they can legally and permissibly download digital media and keep themselves safe from prosecution and/or revocation of their Internet and computing privileges.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) lists many of their approved music downloading services.

View more details here.