File Sharing

File Sharing

What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File-Sharing?

P2P technology enables millions of computer users around the world to find and trade digital files with each other. By using a P2P computer program, a user can scan the hard drives of millions of people and instantly acquire (download) content with just a click. At the same time, that user can enable the millions of people on the P2P network to copy the contents of his or her hard drive. Unlike email or instant messaging, P2P enables the transfer of billions of files among millions of people without knowledge of identity or even location. It is, essentially, a massive listing and public warehouse of digital content.

What is the Concern?

While P2P technology itself can be used for legitimate purposes, the predominant – indeed, almost exclusive – use of P2P networks has been to trade copyrighted music, movies, pictures, and software. From a legal standpoint, this activity violates copyright holders’ exclusive rights to copy and distribute their works. From a practical standpoint, this activity threatens the entertainment industry’s ability to succeed in the evolving digital marketplace.

CSU Dominguez Hills respects copyright law and expects members of the campus community to uphold copyright law. CSUDH students and employees are individually liable to lawsuits directed at them by copyright holders for lost profits. CSUDH is not liable for such infringements on its networks and cannot protect students or employees from record industry or other industry action.

Technology-Based Deterrents at CSUDH

CSUDH maintains a vigorous program of accepting and responding to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices; see Procedure for Managing CSUDH Copyright Infraction Notices.
To avoid running afoul of copyright holders, please check below for tips on finding legitimate, legal download sources.

Stay Legal

Who doesn’t like movies and music? (If your answer is “me,” you can stop reading now.) The Internet offers an amazing array of entertainment, allowing us to listen to or see favorite artists or shows virtually anywhere we are. There’s just one problem: Some ways of accessing entertainment on the Internet are illegal, putting you at risk of being sued and/or losing your Internet access (thanks to the University’s Acceptable Use Policy). Further, file sharing can put your computer or other device at risk for viruses and malware that can be present in the files you download. That’s the bad news.

The Good News

The good news is that there are lots of ways to find legal sources of digital entertainment. We've listed a few of the better sources below.

An important note: Some of the sites listed provide some or all content at no charge; they are funded by advertising or represent artists who want their material distributed for free, or for other reasons. Just because content is free doesn't mean it's illegal. On the other hand, you may find websites offering to sell content which are not on the list below. Just because content is not free doesn't mean it's legal.