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downloading at rice?

bjones1024bjones1024 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
edited August 2012 in Rice University
How strict are the downloading policies at Rice? Does Rice only take action if they actually receive a copyright notice from a third party (RIAA, etc) or do they actively police your internet activity on their own? Do they scan students' internet traffic or bittorrent traffic to see if they are visiting a download website or downloading a copyrighted torrent?
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Replies to: downloading at rice?

  • silentsailorsilentsailor Registered User Posts: 1,289 Senior Member
    I got away with torrenting for four years and never had a problem. My roommate got a $100 fine and a hold on her account for downloading one song. Enforcement is present but inconsistent.
  • AntariusAntarius Registered User Posts: 4,614 Senior Member
    If Rice receives a copyright notice from someone (RIAA etc.) they will put a hold on your account and/or give you a warning. I don't think they actively police it though.
  • bjones1024bjones1024 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    silentsailor,
    How long was it after your girlfriend downloaded before she got the fine and account hold? Is it usually within a few days after downloading that IT takes action, or does it take weeks or months?

    Thanks!
  • AntariusAntarius Registered User Posts: 4,614 Senior Member
    It is likely content based. Certain movies/MP3's etc. are policed more by the RIAA etc. One single file could grab their attention, while someone downloading obscure/older content may never get caught.

    Rice doesn't actively police, they just enforce if notified.
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