Actions to take to avoid copyright infringement
Make sure its legal to download
It is the user's responsibility to ensure it is leagal to download specific music, movies, and software. Illionis State University maintains a excellent site of legal alternatives to file sharing programs. The Center for Democracy and Technology maintains a WARNING LIST of potentially deceptive fee-based download services.
Be aware and proactive
- Use legal downloading sources - and do not download or share copyrighted content.
- Ensure that file sharing programs are not set to share the files from have the computer.
- If the program is set to share files, ensure there is explicit permission from the copyright holders for sharing all of the files accessible to this application.
- Before downloading a file confirm that the distributor of the file has permission from the copyright holder to distribute it.
- Users should assume that they do not have permission to download or distribute a file unless they have proof to the contrary. Check the websites of the musicians, record company, or movie studio involved to see if they allow distribution of their materials in this manner. When purchasing music, movies, games, etc., read the license carefully to learn if they give permission to convert the material to other formats for personal use and if it can be shared with others.
- Users should scan their computer with a spyware removal tool. When you install file sharing applications, many times you will inadvertently install spyware and/or adware, which can cause problems and slowness on computers.
- Read this security tip from the National Cyber Alert System.
- If you would like help removing a file sharing application from your computer contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk.