File Sharing at WMU

Many people who are using peer-to-peer file sharing software are doing so, either unbeknownst to themselves, or in ways that result in copyright infringement, and thus make them liable for law suits and/or loss of computing network privileges at Western Michigan University.

WMU receives approximately 1000 notices per year of illegal downloads via Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) preservation notices or RIAA pre-settlement, subpoenas, and/or settlement letters. When WMU receives DMCA complaints, they are taken seriously and acted upon accordingly.

Because dealing with these notices this has become a time consuming problem, the Office of Information Technology has begun an education process to assure that those using WMU resources (ResNet, the computer network in the residence halls, or WMUnet, WMU's network) to share files, are aware of what they are doing. If you have received a file sharing notification pop-up or email from information technology, please take the time to review the information contained within this website. If you have any questions, please use the Contact Us form.

News

Judge Upholds Jury’s $675,000 Fine Against Ex-Student for Sharing Music
August 24, 2012, 3:43 pm

A federal judge has upheld a jury’s 2009 decision ordering a former Boston University graduate student to pay a $675,000 fine for downloading and distributing roughly two dozen songs on an unlicensed file-sharing network, according to The Boston Globe. The ruling, issued on Thursday by Judge Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court in Boston, said that jurors properly weighed evidence three years ago when they determined that Joel Tenenbaum violated copyright laws. Judge Zobel said that there is no reason for another jury to hear the case. In May the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Mr. Tenenbaum’s appeal in the long-running court fight.