Peer-to-Peer Software

Peer-to-peer (P2P) software creates a distributed network for the purpose of sharing files.

Appropriate Uses

While there are legal uses for P2P software, our experience indicates that students using P2P software are more likely to be found illegally sharing copyrighted materials without their knowledge.

To eliminate the risk of receiving a copyright complaint, and losing access to the campus network, we recommend that all students uninstall peer-to-peer software. Contact ResNet if you would like assistance removing your peer-to-peer software.

What's the problem?

Peer-to-peer software is often running without the user's knowledge or understanding. P2P software can create a situation where you are sharing copyrighted materials illegally. You may be infringing someone else's rights when you upload or distribute copies you make of copyrighted works or when you download or acquire unlicensed copies of copyrighted works. If this is the case, you are breaking the law and could be subject to university and/or criminal sanctions.

Copyrighted Material and Peer-to-Peer Software

UC Santa Cruz complies with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you have a concern regarding the use of copyrighted material on any site on the UCSC network, please contact the agent designated to respond to reports alleging copyright infringement.

Infringement by residents using campus networks may result in a block.