Music was meant to be listened to and shared. But you need to do it legally!
Many of you have your music on computers and iPods (or other MP3 players). You have access to more music and entertainment online than any generation before you. You can download music to your devices or stream it over internet radio. You can set up your iTunes to share your music on a local network. You can access music services online (www.Ruckus.com, www.Napster.com, www.Rhapsody.com ) and pay per tune. All of those aspects of music listening and sharing are legal.
What you cannot do legally is serve up music....from your computer on the PSU network....to the world. If you are using file-sharing services like Grokster, LimeWire, BitTorrent or others to acquire music over the internet, you are taking copyrighted material without paying for it. And worse, if you are serving it up to others beyond our local network, you are contributing to a network of pilfered copyrighted material. For shame.
You are adults. We believe in the freedom of expression and privacy of network use. PSU will not block particular traffic. That said, as adults, you are responsible for your actions. If you use the PSU network (or other networks, like Verizon or Comcast) to share music files illegally, you are vulnerable to civil litigation from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and its movie industry (MPAA) counterpart. Last spring, hundreds of students on college and university campuses received subpoenas from the RIAA notifying them of pending civil litigation. Many students payed hefty pre-settlement fees to avoid litigation. Many of those students were on New Hampshire campuses. (see Busted)
Please be aware of your rights and responsibilities. PSU has an Acceptable Computing Use Policy to which all of us are accountable. Please read it.
Share music responsibly! If you don't, it's on you.
For more information, contact the Help Desk at 2929 or send us a note.