Sharing work or media through a peer-to-peer (P2P) network is legal if you own the copyright, thus you own the right to determine if and how that work is distributed. For example, you can write and produce an original song and make it available for others to download for free through a P2P...
File Sharing FAQs
Are there risks to running P2P software on my computer?
Yes, you not only put your computer at risk by running P2P software, you put the entire College of Western Idaho network at risk. P2P software is designed to maintain an open door between your computer, the Internet and anyone who wants access to the files you have available to share. You make...
How are sanctions determined?
Every time you are detected sharing copyrighted works you earn points toward a sanction. The number of points earned depends on the type of content and whether or not we were able to positively identify the content as being shared. The device CWI uses to monitor for copyright violations uses...
How do I know what is or is not protected by copyright laws?
Copyrighted materials need not bear the copyright symbol in order to be protected. Since 1978, all works created are automatically protected, regardless of whether the owner/author submits a copyright request; all works originally created before 1978 (whether registered or not) are also...
How do I obtain this type of content legally?
EduCause has a list of websites available that will let you know legal sources to obtain copyrighted content online. You can visit their website and view the list here: http://www.educause.edu
I clicked on the “I Will Comply” button but my internet access was never restored. How do I get this fixed?
If this happens please contact the IT helpdesk at 208-562-3444 or submit a ticket at https://helpdesk.cwi.edu/.
I don’t always see the Anti-Piracy web page when downloading or sharing files using P2P does this mean that I wasn’t detected?
No, you will only receive the Anti-Piracy warning page when you are sanctioned. If you continue to download or share files between sanctions you will still be generating points toward the next level of sanction.
I had no idea that I was downloading or sharing copyrighted content. How do I determine if I have a P2P application installed on my computer and how do I remove or restrict it?
In order to protect yourself from copyright violations, we recommend that you remove all P2P software from your computer. This will eliminate the possibility of having any copyrighted material, which you own, being distributed to the public Internet. To remove any software on a Windows based...
I received an Anti-Piracy Warning webpage, is this valid?
Yes, you have been detected sharing or downloading copyrighted content. This page will give you information on what content was detected; the length of your sanction (If any) and sources for legally downloading copyrighted content. The site looks like this:
I received the anti-piracy warning webpage but it doesn’t tell me what I was sharing or downloading. Why is this?
Most likely you are using a P2P client that encrypts the data that it is being shared or downloaded making it more difficult to detect the actual file names of the content being shared. Use of an encrypted P2P client is not allowed, under any circumstances, on the colleges’ network and...
What are the consequences if I am discovered sharing illegal content on CWI’s network?
On first warning, your computer’s web browser will be redirected to an Anti-Piracy warning page informing you of the violation. On the warning page you will be able to see links to how to obtain music, movies, TV shows, etc. legally. You must click on the “I will comply” button...
What are the penalties if CWI doesn’t comply with the DMCA and HEOA?
Noncompliance with the DMCA could cause the institution to lose its protection under the DMCA Safe Harbor provision for internet service providers and subject the college to significant monetary fines and potential legal action.
What else may happen if I am found to be sharing copyrighted content?
Violating the rights of a copyright owner can result in fines in the form of settlements or statutory damages. The courts determine the fines associated with copyright infringement, and fines can range from $200 per violation to $150,000 per violation. In addition to the statutory damages, if...
What is an online service provider?
An online service provider (OSP) is an entity which offers the transmission, routing, or providing of connections for digital online communications. In simple terms, an OSP is a provider of online services or network access. College of Western Idaho is considered an OSP.