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File Sharing: Question 1 of 5

File sharing is always unethical or illegal.

a. Fact

b. Fiction

No, file sharing is not always unethical or illegal. There are a lot of legitimate and legal uses of file sharing programs. Downloading an entire season of South Park is not one of them.

Right, file sharing is not always unethical or illegal. There are a lot of legitimate and legal uses of file sharing programs. Downloading an entire season of South Park is not one of them.

File Sharing: Question 2 of 5

At a major university, police raided dorm rooms and took computers that were running a file sharing service on the university's network.

a. Fact

b. Fiction

Yes—this is a fact. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported the May 2003 occurrence at Ohio State University. The chief of police is reported as saying, "some students could be charged with stealing state resources for their use of the network" (Carlson A28)

Nope—this really happened. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported the May 2003 occurrence at Ohio State University. The chief of police is reported as saying, "some students could be charged with stealing state resources for their use of the network" (Carlson A28)

File Sharing: Question 3 of 5

Using a file sharing program to download notes, term papers, labs, and other course related materials is OK.

a. Fact

b. Fiction
 

Actually, it depends. Sharing notes using file sharing programs is currently being contested, so there's no clear-cut answer for this now. But obviously, downloading someone's term paper to turn in as your own for a class is definitely not OK.

Actually, it depends. Sharing notes using file sharing programs is currently being contested, so there's no clear-cut answer for this now. But obviously, downloading someone's term paper to turn in as your own for a class is definitely not OK.

File Sharing: Question 4 of 5

There's no way for anyone to figure out that I downloaded something if I was using a computer in the dorm computer labs.

a. Fact

b. Fiction

Think again. Who looked at or downloaded what and when can be figured out, whether you're in a lab or using your own computer.

Yup. Who looked at or downloaded what and when can be figured out, whether you're in a lab or using your own computer.

File Sharing: Question 5 of 5

This sucks. UCLA is like Big Brother.

a. Fact

b. Fiction


 

Not really. Although this may suck, the University is not really like Big Brother. "The University of California is committed to upholding U.S. copyright law. As an Internet Service Provider under the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the University does not monitor its networks for the purpose of discovering illegal activity. However, the University pursues a set of ongoing initiatives to ensure that copyright, particularly as it applies to digital assets, is respected within the University community." ("UC Commitment to Copyright Law")

Right. The University is not really like Big Brother. "The University of California is committed to upholding U.S. copyright law. As an Internet Service Provider under the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the University does not monitor its networks for the purpose of discovering illegal activity. However, the University pursues a set of ongoing initiatives to ensure that copyright, particularly as it applies to digital assets, is respected within the University community." ("UC Commitment to Copyright Law")