About Copyright Compliance and Infringement
Information Technology Services provides resources to help the university community understand copyright issues related to digital media and technologies.
For legal sources of online entertainment and resources for additional information about copyright laws, see Additional Information.
ITS P2P Awareness Program
Through the P2P awareness program, users of USC's residential and wireless networks will receive an automatic email when ITS detects peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing activity on equipment registered to them.
Although there are many legitimate uses of P2P technology, P2P file sharing is often associated with illegal downloading or uploading of copyrighted content.
The ITS P2P awareness program is educational; it is designed to improve understanding of how P2P programs operate. Users on affected networks will receive notification for any P2P activity on equipment registered to them.
Users who understand the technology and are confident that they are using the technology only for legal purposes may opt out.
ITS Illegal File Sharing Brochure
Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is a complicated technology, and there are significant differences in the ways that P2P programs operate. The ITS brochure explains the basics of how P2P programs operate.