Internet File Sharing

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Windows users in the Direct Connect network vicinity. Direct Connect allows students to share files over the Internet with minimal restrictions and limits. The client is completely free of advertisements and has a nice, easy to use interface. Firewall and router support is integrated and it is easy and convenient to use functionality like multi-hub connections, auto-connections and resuming of downloads. This program makes downloading from classmate’s quick and easy when on campus.

Hopefully not to easy, however, the latest Bill, “Campus-based digital theft prevention”, at Santa Clara University is facing students with the potential risk of losing their federal student aid as a result of failure to comply under the College Opportunity and Affordability Act. Under Section 494 of this act, institutions are to publicize policies and procedures relating to illegal downloading and sharing of copyrighted material, as well as provide alternative means to illegal file sharing.

Another similar incident in the United States involves university students being sued for copyright infringement by the Recording Industry’s Trade Association (RIAA). This association is accusing the students of illegally downloading or sharing music files over the Internet. RIAA sent a nationwide wave of 396 pre-litigation settlement letters to students at 22 universities across the USA. The RIAA describes the letters as an opportunity for students to resolve copyright infringement claims against them at a “discounted rate before a formal lawsuit is filed”. Typically these settlements are in the range of $3,000 to $4,000. American universities and colleges are turning to special software to wipe out, limit or monitor peer-to-peer file-sharing that occurs...

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