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Legal Alternatives to P2P Filesharing

Swapping and sharing digital media such as music, films, TV shows, computer games and application software via peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing software is an easy, convenient - and inexpensive - way to acquire and enjoy them. However, if you either download copyrighted material in this way or permit others to download copyrighted material from your computer, in virtually all cases you are violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and Penn Copyright (www.upenn.edu/computing/policy/copyright.html) and Acceptable Use (www.upenn.edu/computing/policy/aup.html) policies.

There are, however, a number of alternative sources for obtaining these kinds of digital media at minimal cost, and in some cases at no cost at all:

A very comprehensive list is available from EDUCAUSE at www.educause.edu/legalcontent/

In addition, there are a number of services that provide a wide variety of music genres and formats via free streaming from thousands of Internet radio stations. A few of the more widely known of these services are:

Music/Internet Radio

SHOUTcast (www.shoutcast.com)

Pandora Internet Radio (www.pandora.com)

Live365 (www.live365.com)

Video

RedBox Instant (www.redboxinstant.com)

Got a suggestion?

If you're aware of a downloading or streaming service that would be of interest to the Penn Community, let us know about it at dmca@isc.upenn.edu and we will review it for possible inclusion.

Last updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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