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p2p file sharing in college

classwarriorclasswarrior Posts: 78Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2006 in College Life
we've all probably gotten those threatening letters from our schools about illegal p2p file sharing, and i've heard my share of horror stories about college kids getting subpoenaed (that's a really hard word to spell) because they happened to be sharing files on Kazaa or Limewire while on their college's internet connection.

is it really that much more dangerous, though? am i seriously expected to uninstall limewire because i'll be using my school's internet connection?
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  • 2skys1imit32skys1imit3 Posts: 301Registered User Junior Member
    hm…depends on your school Network and the level of supervision involved

    may be more dangerous since it should be easier to see the amount of bits sent/downloaded under a particular account…based on where your DL’n from


    remember though, you got a better chance of hitting the Lottery than getting caught file sharing


    BTW, please use something like
    http://www.spellcheck.net/

    to Spell Check...your in College now and spelling errors matter


    this post in no way shape or form promotes nor condones File Sharing and is strictly for information purposes only, what those who read this does with the information herein, is at the sole discretion of the involved parties
  • americanDADamericanDAD Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    as said above if you are an avid dl-er its more likely you'll get caught b/c of the bits sent/dl but if you dl 1/2 songs you just heard off the radio you'll be fine, buddies have dl-ed movies and were okay, just try and dl all the stuff you can before your at school or during holiday breaks
  • tophatinparis88tophatinparis88 Posts: 71Registered User Junior Member
    "BTW, please use something like
    http://www.spellcheck.net/

    to Spell Check...your in College now and spelling errors matter"

    i'm assuming that was meant to be clever, because surely you know that in that case, you're is a contraction... not a possessive.

    isn't it ironic?
  • astro101astro101 Posts: 89Registered User Junior Member
    I thought chances of getting caught was like 1 in 4000. And surely that's a better chance than winning the lotto.
  • bern700bern700 Posts: 1,191User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    if you have facebook you can share files through facebook's wirehog...the only schools with the wirehog network currently are Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, & Penn. But if you have a friend at any of these schools they can mail you an invite...it's not necessarily a file sharing application it is just a website where the facebook people can post their pics, music, etc. & you can only take music from your friends.
  • 2skys1imit32skys1imit3 Posts: 301Registered User Junior Member
    i'm assuming that was meant to be clever, because surely you know that in that case, you're is a contraction... not a possessive.

    isn't it ironic?


    i plead 5th Amendment
  • CasperLoveUCsCasperLoveUCs Posts: 357Registered User Member
    lol i noticed the same thing

    funny
  • zantedeschiazantedeschia Posts: 7,841Registered User Senior Member
    is it really that much more dangerous, though? am i seriously expected to uninstall limewire because i'll be using my school's internet connection?
    I don't think you want to take that risk...I'm sure MOST people don't get caught, but if you happen to be so lucky to get caught and sued, it's definitely not worth it.
  • TomKTomK Posts: 169Registered User Junior Member
    I've heard that some schools block ports that are used for file sharing.

    At a lot of schools (at least in Canada) students use P2P applications that work off of the school LAN (the one at Queen's University is called DC++). This allows the students to download full-length movies in less than 10 minutes.
  • EclipticaEcliptica Posts: 947Registered User Member
    The real question is why are you still using Limewire?
    As TomK said, DC++ is the way to go. I've been using it for two and a half years now and nothing is as fast or as safe. No spyware or anything like any of the bundled programs. BitTorrent isn't bad either, but it's difficult and takes a while to get the obscure stuff.
  • zantedeschiazantedeschia Posts: 7,841Registered User Senior Member
    I've never heard of DC++, can you use it without LAN?
  • EclipsedEclipsed Posts: 152Registered User Junior Member
    do you think I would get caught for downloading my weekly fixes of about a gig or two of anime/manga? I'm done with "Hollywood" movies anyways. Either b-list or animes for me
  • legendofmaxlegendofmax Posts: 4,732Registered User Senior Member
    DC++ is no different.
  • ucapplicant05ucapplicant05 Posts: 1,415Registered User Senior Member
    Well it's not only risking legal troubles, you risk losing access to the university's network or even suspension/expulsion. Some schools may monitor your activities and others may not...
  • michunclemichuncle Posts: 630Registered User Junior Member
    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the group responsible for going after most illegal downloaders. They have been very active in going after university students.

    Do a Google search of your school name and "RIAA" to see if there has been lawsuits filed against their students. If your school was subpoenaed by the RIAA, they will be monitoring you. And just because there hasn't been any legal action against your particular school doesn't mean much.

    Here in Michigan, student names have been turned over by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Universities will give you up when subpoened.
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