Are you downloading and/or sharing music, movies, TV shows, or software using P2P software such as BitTorrent, Limewire, eDonkey?
Unauthorized downloading and distribution of copyrighted material (songs, movies, software, games, etc.), is illegal and in violation of Federal Copyright Laws and may subject you to civil and criminal liabilities.
From the U.S. Department of Education:
If you are found to be violating any copyrights, you may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties (up to $150,000 per item infringed upon plus any attorney and court fees) in addition to any UH disciplinary sanctions.
The University of Hawaii investigates all copyright violation complaints.
The suspected computer will be blocked immediately from accessing the University of Hawaii's network.
If the computer associated with the copyright violation activities can be linked to an individual, the individual must contact and meet with the campus representative or the ITS Security Officer & sign the UH Copyright Notification Letter.
Unauthorized downloading and distribution of copyrighted materials is illegal and in violation of UH policy E2.210: Use and Management of Information Technology Resources.
All unauthorized copies of any copyrighted materials must be removed immediately
If the user is a student, the student is advised their actions also violated the University of Hawaii Systemwide Student Conduct Code.
If the complaint is found to be a REPEAT OFFENSE, in addition to receiving another copyright infringement notice, an official complaint will be filed with the appropriate Dean and/or Director requesting disciplinary action and sanctions in accordance with University due process. This complaint may appear on the individual's permanent University records.
Legal File Sharing Alternatives
There are many alternatives to illegal file sharing. In addition to borrowing materials from the University of Hawaii's libraries & public libraries, numerous legal and commercial options exist.
EDUCAUSE has compiled an extensive list of legal online content complete with links to these resources.