To Law Students,
I received a letter today from a network monitoring group on behalf of Warner Bros. informing me that a computer on my network had recently transmitted an unauthorized digital copy of a Warner Bros. movie via a file sharing service known as KaZaA. The letter threatened legal action under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if I did not terminate the violator's account and disable their access to the network.
It took me less than 15 minutes to track down the computer user in question and verify the complaint.
This is a reminder and a plea: do NOT run file sharing software on your computer while it is connected to the Law School's network. Even if you don't explicitly load files to share, others can use your computer as a server and swap files using you as a "middle man" without your knowledge.
If you currently have such software running, REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY. Our firewall blocks most of the functionality of these programs, but there are still ways for the programs to act as servers "in the background."
As you may have heard, the Recording Industry Association of America has recently been filing suit against college students who share music via these services. Sharing movie files is likewise under scrutiny.
It is REALLY EASY for them (and me) to find you if you share copyrighted information. Please don't do it.
Director of Technology