The following message to all UVM students from Associate Vice President
for Student and Campus Life David Nestor is being distributed through a
special listserv. You cannot unsubscribe from the list.
The UVM Office of Student and Campus Life and the Division of Computing
and Information Technology (CIT) would like to alert all users of the UVM
computer network that the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America),
like the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), has begun to
file lawsuits against individuals who are downloading copyrighted
While the tactics these organizations have chosen to employ may seem
heavy-handed, they are correct that much of the file-trading that occurs
through the use of programs such as Kazaa, Grokster, Morpheus, and
Gnutella constitutes copyright infringement. While it generally is
accepted that ripping a song from a CD you already own for your own
personal use is "fair use", it generally is not legal to then share that
song indiscriminately over the Internet. Neither the fact that the
technology makes it easy to do, nor the fact that you do it for free, nor
the fact that you are "publicizing" the artist in the process is a viable
defense to a copyright infringement suit. We ask you also to note that the
use of UVM computer and network resources to engage in copyright
infringement is a violation of our computer use policy.
Many peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, better known as P2P or free music
downloading programs, can also download movies. The problems the programs
cause include network interruptions and crippling viruses, spyware, and
unwanted advertising (collectively known as "malware") that can clog
Internet connectivity for the entire campus. Computers are brought to a
standstill. Computer help-staff have patiently cleaned "malware" from
computers. So much time and so many staff resources have been spent doing
this that CIT will no longer include "malware clean-ups" in its list of
free support services. Like computer repairs, there will be charges for
such services. More information about our fee policy for "clean-ups" will
be available in the next CIT newsletter (www.uvm.edu/cit/IT-news).
The University has received and followed through, as the law requires, on
notifications of copyright infringements sent to UVM by MPAA and RIAA.
The MPAA is encouraging legal downloading options from sites such as MovieLink
and CinemaNow, and CIT has posted information on alternative legal music
sources. For example, many students are legally sharing their music with
The links below will provide background information and further details.
Viewpoints vary with the perspective of the articles' authors. Join the
discussion, but in the mean time, everyone is asked to keep the UVM
network FREE of illegally downloaded or shared copyrighted materials.