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Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Programs Policy

The College does not allow the use of file sharing software for the following reasons.

  1. This activity violates the College's policy which prohibits unauthorized servers. The Information Technology Department oversees or approves the operation of all servers on campus. Napster, LimeWire, Kazaa, BearShare and other software of this type create a file sharing server whenever it is running on a network.

  2. Several court cases have recently gone against the use of peer to peer and other types of file sharing software and the liability has been passed on to the businesses that allowed the software to be run on their networks, Odessa College does not allow any file sharing software to be run on its networks or computers. This includes PC's in the dorms as the networking and Internet connectivity in the dorms is provided by the College.

 
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