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OIT cracks down on downloaders

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Your privacy is at stake when you log on to the University of La Verne network. Through the standard network traffic analyzer, the Office of Information Technology is able to detect the amount of incoming traffic that is being used and where this amount originates.

So the question arises, “Is it worth connecting your personal computers to the University network?”

Let’s take a look at the cons of using the network.

The dorms only have a certain amount of bandwidth that can be used. Even if students are just downloading research material, if it takes up too much of the bandwidth, OIT is able to track down the student who is downloading it.

When this happens, other students find it difficult to log on or may not be able to log on to the network at all.

The dorms are connected through DSL. If the dorms were connected on a T1 line, it would be much faster, but more costly. With T1 connection, the cost per month would range from $700 to $1,000, as opposed to the cost of DSL, which is on the low hundreds.

So when a student decides to download any type of music sharing software such as Morpheus, Kazaa and iMesh, he or she is causing the ULV network system to slow down.

But that is not the only consequence that a student may face. Downloading any type of copyrighted material is illegal, and a student can be caught for doing this. The student will then be kicked out of the network. Not only is the student not able to log on to the network, but he or she risks loosing their housing license.

This punishment is too extreme, but it is actually a risk students take if they do not abide to the rules of the ULV network.

The recording industry is getting stricter. The presidents of organizations most affected by file sharing ­ Recording Industry Association of America, Motion Picture Association of America, National Music Publishers Association and Songwriters Guild of America ­ sent letters to universities to notify them of their responsibilities to restrict downloading copyrighted material.

OIT is not in charge of this punishment though. OIT informs housing and inform the student of the disciplinary actions that can be taken.

When students connect their computers to the University network, they sign the “ULV Network Access Request.” This request form states that if their computer causes a problem on the network or any type of traffic that may negatively impact the network, their computer will be immediately removed from the network.

So students are liable to these punishments when they agree to sign the request.

While logging into the ULV network is free, students should be aware that when the server is down, it is not guaranteed for them to connect to the server.

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