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Keep it legal online

Sharing and downloading copyrighted material from the internet without proper authorization is considered piracy and is a violation of federal copyright laws and K-State policy. The use of peer-to-peer (P2P) network applications to share copyrighted files is prohibited at K-State and blocked on K-State's network. 

Penalties for copyright infringement can include both civil and criminal penalties. For violating K-State IT policy, a full range of sanctions are available that include the suspension of access to network resources or other appropriate university discipline, up to and including termination of employment and expulsion.

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Legal Alternatives

See Educause's Legal Sources of Online Content for a comprehensive list of legal file sharing alternatives.