File Sharing & Peer-To-Peer Programs
Are you sharing copyrighted material?
File-sharing is the process of exchanging files over the
Internet. One of the most common forms of file-sharing is using
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) programs. Most P2P usage (which comprises a
significant portion of file-sharing) is against the law because
it involves the sharing of copyrighted material without
permission from the copyright owner -- usually music (MP3) files
or movie files, but also TV programs, books and images.
probably okay to copy songs from a CD you've purchased so that
you can listen to them on your iPod or other portable digital
music player, but it's NOT okay to give that song to your friend
without permission from the copyright owner, or allow it to be
shared on a P2P system that will give others access to the song
without paying for it. And, it is not okay to download
copyrighted songs, movies, books or images for your personal
enjoyment without paying for them (unless you have the express
permission from the copyright owner).
Ways you can violate the law:
- You receive a copy of a copyrighted song by e-mail and
then e-mail copies to your friends.
- You make a copy of a CD that you bought and then give
that copy to a friend.
- You make an MP3 copy of a song off of a CD that you won
and then put it on a file-sharing network so that others can
This is a brief explanation. For more information on
file-sharing and P2P, visit
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