• Uninstall any P2P (Peer-To-Peer) software such as KaZaA, Limewire, WinMX or similar applications:
    You may not be aware of it, but when you registered as a P2P software user, you probably agreed to let the network use your computer as a distribution source of music files. In other words, if you’re like most P2P software users, you do more than simply download files. You probably also make files on your hard drive available for others to upload. Not only does this make you a potential illegal distributor, it also means that whenever you’re online, every other network user around the world (and there are tens of millions of them) has the ability to access your hard drive.
  • If you do use P2P software be aware that you can set most of these applications to disable sharing and uploading capability:
    Visit www.musicunited.org and click on TAKE IT OFF. Here you will find instructions on configuring many P2P applications so that they will not share your files. Also, be sure to explore the rest of www.musicunited.org. You will find a wealth of information on downloading and sharing music, laws that protect copyrighted material, links to legal online music services, etc…
  • Find legal sources for online content:
    http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent
  • Educate yourself on file sharing, copyright laws, etc…
    Remember, you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your computer is not sharing copyrighted material over the internet.