Disabling Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
Any sharing of copyrighted materials on the University network is a violation of the Computing Ethics Policy, and may lead to disciplinary action and, in some cases, legal action. Inform yourself of the Recording Industry of America's (RIAA) guidelines regarding piracy. Find out more about copyright issues by visiting the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) copyright information page.
The links below list some of the most common peer-to-peer clients and link to instructions on how to disable file sharing on each one. If your particular client is not listed here you are not exempted from the restrictions against distributing copyrighted material.
Please note, if you are distributing copyrighted materials via another method (i.e. ftp, Hotline, IRC, etc.) this is also considered a violation of the Computing Ethics Policy and as such disciplinary action will be initiated against individuals who engage in such activity.
The instructions on these pages are a guide for what we currently think are feasible workarounds, but ultimate responsibility for your network usage falls to you.
- Aimster (Note: Aimster is now called Madster and is now a subscription service. The current version of the software may differ from what is shown here.)
- Ares Lite
- BitTorrent (and other BitTorrent clients)
- Direct Connect
- eDonkey2000 and Overnet
- Gnotella (no longer available)
- Kazaa Lite and Kazaa Lite K++
- Kazaa Media Desktop
- Warez P2P