Illegal File Sharing at NAU

Universities have seen an ever-increasing number of reports of copyright infringement from the music, movie, and software industries. NAU is no exception, and we receive over 750 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints per year.

It is your responsibility to follow copyright laws. If you violate these laws by sharing or downloading media from any peer-to-peer network, you put yourself at risk for a complaint to be filed against you in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and make yourself vulnerable to probation, suspension, fines, and litigation. NAU will not release any personal information (name, etc.) unless subpoenaed and required by law to do so. File sharing programs like LimeWire, FrostWire, and BitTorrent are not technically illegal, but having them installed on your computer will leave you at risk to be caught by the copyright holders for illegally sharing copyrighted material.

Refer to the Network Acceptable Use Policy for more information.

To protect yourself, do not download any copyrighted material for free. If you are unsure of a file's copyright status, DO NOT download it. NAU recommends that you completely uninstall the file sharing program to make sure that you are protected from disciplinary action. If you are unsure about how to uninstall your file sharing program, the Student Technology Center can assist you in removing it.

Some legal alternatives to these file sharing programs are:


Movies & Television

Video Games & Software

The Recording Industry Association of America has a thorough list of legal music websites and services on their website. In addition, the EDUCAUSE organization provides a comprehensive list of sites at which you can access media, legally.


Training & Documentation

An overview of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, illegal file sharing, and how they pertain to students at NAU.