Copyright Laws and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

You need to know that it is a violation of federal law to share and/or distribute copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. This is typically done through file-sharing software like as BitTorrent, KaZaA, Emule, and Gnutella. File sharing software is most commonly used to download music, movies, software and other media. This software may turn your personal computer into a server, or upload site, even if that was not your intent. Note: many worms, viruses and other malicious code gets transfered during peer-to-peer file transfers, too.

See the following for Appropriate Use