One of the big things that affect students on campus is the ability that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) grants copyright holders to send out what are known as DMCA Takedown Notices. A student will typically get one of these when he or she commits an act of copyright infringement by either hosting a copyrighted file on a website or sharing that file on a peer to peer network such as LimeWire, BitTorrent, or Kazaa. >> Learn More
Copyright Infringement is the unauthorized use of material that is covered by copyright law, in a manner that violates one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works.
Downloading media from an unlicensed or unknown source can be dangerous. Currently, it's one of the most common ways that viruses are transmitted between computers. Once a virus is on your computer it can be transmitted to anyone on your network.
Besides causing real damage to your computer, sharing media without permission of the copyright holder is illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). It's Illegal!