Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and copyright safety
Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing allows users to share files online through an informal network of computers running the same software. File sharing can give you access to a wealth of information, but it also has a number of risks. You could download copyright-protected material, pornography, or viruses without meaning to. Or you could mistakenly allow other people to copy files you don't mean to share.
What you need to know about file sharing and copyright at IU
Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material including the sharing of copyrighted music, movies, and software through peer-to-peer applications like BitTorrent, PopcornTime, and others using Indiana University's information technology resources is against the law and university policy. Unlawful file sharing may subject you to legal penalties, which can include any or all of the following:
Having to pay money to the copyright holder as a result of a lawsuit
Having to pay the copyright holder's costs and attorney fees to bring the lawsuit
Criminal fines of up to $250,000, and up to 10 years' jail time — even if someone sharing files doesn't sell or charge for them