Copyright and File Sharing

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What is DMCA?

Salem State University is a fully functioning internet service provider (ISP), much like a Comcast or Verizon. As an ISP we're subject to a federal copyright law known as Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This regulation is in place to deter the use of the Internet to violate copyright protections of digital assets, in particular movies and TV shows (see MPAA) and music (see RIAA). In addition, our Acceptable Use Policy mandates that while connected to the Salem State University network everyone is expected to follow all federal and state laws including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

What is file sharing software?

A program used to share files with large groups of users. Avoid using file sharing software such as uTorrent, Vuze, Deluge, Transmission and Frostwire. While these programs can be used to download non-copyright infringing content, many of the files on these networks are violating the copyright laws.

What are the alternatives?

There are several ways to receive free and cheap content on the Internet without violating any copyright regulations. Visit some of the websites listed below for further information.

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