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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > College Reported Student P2P to Police

College Reported Student P2P to Police

College Reported Student P2P to Police

Added: Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The times passed when Georgia’s Valdosta State University’s networks were unable to identify an individual file-sharer. Soon after the most recent upgrade the institution found itself quite able to do just that. As a result, the current file-sharers may easily face punishment both from the school and criminal potential prosecution by the authorities. The latter, by the way, can easily run up to 5 years in prison or $250,000 in penalties.


It seems like VSU is taking the war against its own campus peer-to-peer a bit too seriously today, by investigating and isolating the IPs of all the alleged infringers and later passing their identities to police for the following prosecution. The school’s IT director announced that since their institution is considered to be that of higher education, it will make sense to take an educational approach to the issue and exploit the approved campus procedures for reaching the correct resolutions.

Previously, the University’s network was unable to find out the identities of the individual file-sharers. However, after the last upgrade the institution gained the ability to do so. As a result, the file-sharers may now easily face punishment from the University along with potential criminal prosecution by the authorities.

In fact, criminal punishment for unauthorized file-sharing inevitably falls under the purview of the 1997 NET (No Electronic Theft) Act, which stipulates maximum penalties of as long as 5 years jail time and as much as $250,000 in penalties. Since it’s usually a question of a couple unauthorized music tracks shared between the students that would otherwise retail for a few dollars on Apple’s iTunes, it’s clear that the punishment can hardly be appropriate, particularly considering that the infringement isn’t committed for commercial purposes. However, the Net Act is relentless and makes no exception for copyright violation, even if it’s non-commercial.

Meanwhile, the students of VSU feel really upset about the unfairness of punishing unauthorized file-sharing of music while there are so many other kinds of violation happen on campus, particularly if considering that VSU also handed over the identities of alleged infringers to the Recording Industry Association of America and any other rights owners.

November 20th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-11-21 09:12:20)
menahunie avatarWOW a university ratting out their own customer - the student who pays their salaries.
The bastion of abject unadulterated LIBERALISM.. Working with the police. I predict a serious drop in student enrollment to come next year...

posted by (2010-11-21 20:20:08)
jezuitx avatarYeah menahunie's on to something there. I highly doubt this will be good for a University that I've never even heard of to start cracking the whip on it's customers. Anyway with that said I think it's pretty stupid to try to file share on a college network now so it's tough to feel to sorry for these kids.

posted by Blocked (2010-11-22 05:13:38)
SaveIt4later avatarjezuitx...you don't get menahunie. see menahunie thinks that the kid did nothing wrong to begin with. and that file sharing should not be illegal. That the kid did not need to know better that file sharing WAS in fact illegal. To menahunie, the ones that enforce the laws are to blame.

posted by Blocked (2010-11-22 05:15:44)
SaveIt4later avatarif a kid got caught for stealing at wal-mart and walmart prosecuted the kid. menahunie would blame wal-mart. citing that Wal-Mart has enough money and the kid did nothing wrong. it's the menahunie way of thinking.

posted by Turtle (2010-11-22 13:51:17)
julio99 avatarThis is just getting downright idiotic. Some of us know better some of us don't, but the way things are going these days, you better keep your eyes open as Big Brother is watching all the time and ready to turn the screws at a moments notice. File sharing? Gimme a break! Shame on you Valdosta.

posted by (2010-11-22 19:07:11)
DEMONLORD avatarbad on both parts right there

posted by Blocked (2010-11-22 23:19:41)
menahunie avatarSaveit4later - show where I made what you claim as a statement? I didn't..
I never said it was okay for the kid to do what they did; also are you not a hypocrite yourself using torrents?
I know of Universities that caught people P2P and cut their internet connection; but they didn't call the police and have them arrested. They required the people THEY CAUGHT to face a judiciary committee and face the punishment for what they did. Now these kid at this University in the article has a police arrest record that will follow them for the rest of their life. So any job back ground check this arrest will come up and most likely kill a job offer - You okay with that Saveit4later?

posted by Blocked (2010-11-23 01:42:13)
SaveIt4later avataryes Menahunie I am okay with it. If you do the crime you do the time. and YES your stance is always the same on these matters. It's the University's fault now. Not the kid. It's always the same with you. It's well documented throughout your posts on these articles. It's always the fault of people that are going after us. And that they are bigger than us, so why pick on us mentality of yours. Do I download torrents. Yes. If I get caught, I'll be sure to let you represent me in court. Do I expect to be charged with a crime? YES. A crime is what it is.

posted by Blocked (2010-11-24 11:09:42)
menahunie avatarSaveit4later - You continue to show everyone you are sure not the sharpest knife in the drawer..
Show me where I state it is the Universities Fault?
I stated the University could have handled it allot better and you don't go and screw the very people who pay your salary. I even stated they could have punished the student themselves; but they did not.
I never stated the people that go after us it's their fault; not once...
In fact you just admitted to committing a crime in your recent post which these "other people" can and will use against you...
Instead you attack me and none of my posts even come near what you slanderous state in your ignorance..
None of any of my posts state we deserve to get everything for free. You prove it in you feeble attempts to start a flame war and your continued attacks directed towards me.
Your a fake conservative claimed by your avatar and in fact ALL your posts reek of a liberal..
As for me representing you in court? Your SOL...
Be sure to send your regards via your new boyfriend Bubba in jail... By the time you get out you will be wearing a tube top and high heels....

posted by ET junkiemen (2010-11-25 00:18:44)
4GET avatarwow thanks good read))))id save it zip zap zoom. tnx sam

posted by Blocked (2010-11-25 04:07:50)
SaveIt4later avatarmenahunie, not this article but many in the past.that's why I said articles, and not article. it is your stance that they should not bother coming after us. when my stance is I don't blame them for coming after us. what part of your skull does not understand this? you believe that since a person makes a product, and we download it for free, that the owner of the product should leave us alone. Am I right or wrong? oh and BTW I'm 100% conservative and proud of it. Calling me a liberal, now that's fighting words.

posted by Blocked (2010-11-25 04:08:34)
SaveIt4later avatar95% of the Universities in America are liberal.

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