Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Protect Yourself From Copyright Infringement
The safest way to avoid copyright infringement trouble is to avoid using peer-to-peer and other file sharing software altogether.
Use Legal Options
Legal Alternatives. Remember, sometimes things are legally free and some services that cost are illegal. Research the site if you are unsure.
Disable outbound sharing
Do not share files accross the SJC network. If you are using file sharing software, it is best to be sure that you are not automatically sharing the files. This can help protect you from copyright violations, malware (viruses), spyware, or identity theft.
Loaning your Computer
If you let others use your machine, be aware that all violations will be based on who is the registered user of the computer.
Learn the law and research the software you use so you can avoid violations.
Recognize the Difference
If the wording of the software agreement is confusing or there is no documentation of copyright law compliance, be suspcious.
Learn about Fair Use and Copyright Rules:
Online Colleges: 15 Copyright Rules Every Student Should Know
If all else fails, ask - the software company in question, the RIAA, a lawyer, or contact us. We're not lawyers, but we'll give you our best opinion.