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May 2005 memo sent to all UCR students

May 12, 2005

Dear UCR Student,

This note is a brief follow up to an e-mail I sent earlier this year concerning the personal risks associated with illegal file sharing. Students utilizing UCR’s network must be aware of these risks not only because of possible campus disciplinary action, but also to protect against criminal prosecution and civil litigation by copyright holders.

Recently, some students have begun to utilize Internet2 (an ultra high speed network connecting hundreds of universities across the United States) to engage in illegal sharing of copyrighted music, movies, and games. This peer-to-peer file sharing has been primarily enabled via new software called I2HUB. Unfortunately, within the past 30 days, students at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley were served subpoenas for illegal file sharing using I2HUB software.

Although trading of copyrighted music, movies, and games over the Internet and Internet2 has become commonplace using file-sharing programs such as KaZaa, DirectConnect, Morpheus, and I2HUB, I want to once again stress that it is NOT legal to do so. Obtaining or offering such material is in violation of U.S. copyright laws and may be punishable with civil and criminal penalties, including prison time and monetary damages. When copyright holders resort to legal actions, there is little the University can do to protect copyright infringers.

In compliance with the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and associated University guidelines, UCR expeditiously takes action when notified of potential campus DMCA violations (including violations that occur in the Residence Halls, campus computer labs, etc.). These incidents are referred to various campus officials and appropriate actions are taken to stop unauthorized downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials. In some cases, the university may also take disciplinary actions and/or access to the campus network may be terminated.

Thank you for your attention to this very serious matter. If you have any questions about these issues or seek additional information, please visit UCR’s DMCA web site at or e-mail Larry McGrath, Director, Computing Support Services (

Charles Rowley
Associate Vice Chancellor
Computing and Communications
University of California, Riverside





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