The student newspaper at Valdosta State University in Georgia has reported that the university has updated their systems with software that allows them to trace illegal P2P downloading directly to the student responsible. We reported a while back about the impact of the DMCA of 2008 and this latest example continues to prove that enforcement is truly in effect.
According to the school’s newspaper, “Once individuals are identified, VSU hands responsibility over to police. Users can face felony punishments, including a possible prison sentence of up to five years and fine of up to $250,000 per offense.” This fine is in line with DMCA guidelines we’ve discussed in past articles.
Students… listen up… like it or not, enforcement of this Act is happening. You also typically share a room or house with other individuals who have access to your computer. Do yourself a favor and remove P2P File Sharing software from your PC. Use Peer2Peer Terminator to scan your PC to make sure that there are not any applications installed that you don’t know about.