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Thread: Filesharing Has Just Been Banned

  1. #1
    Yes, filesharing has finally been banned on my university campus. Luckily I live at home, so it doesn't affect me, but here's the email that was sent out to all students today:

    >It has been agreed that there is to be a ban on all peer to peer (P2P) file
    >sharing on campus, except where there is academic need. P2P is generally
    >used for the redistribution of illegal copies of audio, video and software
    >files. The ban is being imposed for four reasons:
    >1. To reduce the stress on the network, especially the connection to JANET
    >(the academic network), which P2P traffic causes.
    >2. To reduce the rate of introduction of viruses as many files on the P2P
    >systems are infected.
    >3. To protect the University from any possible accusations of supporting
    >the breech of the Copyright and Patents act 1988.
    >4. To ensure that we are using the network for the purposes defined within
    >the 'conditions of use' we agree to, as a University, for our connection to
    >The exact wording of the changes of terms and conditions is still being
    >worked through to reflect the four goals above while respecting the rights
    >of the individual and we request that all staff stop using these kinds of
    >software immediately. This ban covers all the following: Kazaa, eMule
    >eDonkey, Limewire, Gnutella, BitTorrent and similar.
    >If you are in any doubt about your use please ensure you have discussed it
    >with your Dean or Head of Unit. If there are any questions of clarification
    >on what is and is not covered by this ban please send your question to
    >[email address censored by Sparkle]
    >It is clear that most users of these software applications will understand
    >both the spirit of the ban and the profile of their own use, and we ask them
    >stop immediately.
    >Prior to the formal changes of terms and conditions, any P2P activity
    >identified on the network will be brought to the attention of the Dean or
    >Head of Unit for action. The full proposal for a change of the terms and
    >conditions will follow shortly.
    As I said it won't affect me, but it will affect a lot of people who live in campus residences, and also people who bring their own laptops onto the campus common-rooms (I don't have one, but I know some people who do, and they often used plug it in to the network to sit in the common room all day on K-Lite, and if a teacher walked in they would quickly pretend they were working).

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  3. File Sharing   -   #2
    So from what your saying .....

    Its a good decision by the university then ..........

  4. File Sharing   -   #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Newsgroups and IRC aren't mentioned there...tell the students to get educated
    On a given day or given circumstance, you think you have a limit.
    And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit and you think "Ok, this is the limit".
    As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further.
    With your mind power, your determination, your instinct and the experience as well, you can fly very high.

    - Ayrton Senna, R.I.P.

  5. File Sharing   -   #4
    Originally posted by TRshady@24 March 2004 - 20:50
    So from what your saying .....

    Its a good decision by the university then ..........
    No no, I didn't mean it like that.
    But most of the students on campus didn't actually share any files anyway - most of them who I saw in the common room were leeches, as I could see nothing in the upload half of their screen. So the filesharing networks won't miss these people.

    But I do think it is a sad day for freedom of expression on the internet, and I don't think the university was right to ban it completely, as I have found many educational resources on K-Lite.

  6. File Sharing   -   #5
    lol, I understood what you meant ...
    I agree with you on that its a sad thing to happen .. though there are others ways to share files ... hand them the note from 4th gen.


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