What Is Peer-to-Peer File Sharing?
P2P stands for peer-to-peer file sharing. The term refers to a computing network in which participants exchange files directly with other participants. P2P networks operate with the understanding that members share in providing and maintaining the resources of the network. In exchange for being able to download files from the network, members are expected to make files available to other members of the network.
Although there are many legitimate uses of P2P technology, P2P has become associated with the illegal sharing of copyrighted materials because P2P programs make it so easy to find and download content. Some students who have received copyright infringement notices were unaware that their P2P programs were making content that they had legitimately purchased available to their P2P network.
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.