most of you know, the internet transmission speeds to/from the OC
residential network have been quite sluggish at times this semester.
This is primarily due to the widespread use of P2P file sharing
(including music sharing) programs such as KaZaA, LimeWire, AudioGalaxy
and others. These programs devour most all of the available bandwidth
on our RESNET, thus making the network function very poorly for
other work, including use of the network for classes and academic
We have taken action to restrain much of this outbound file sharing
traffic, but because of the nature of how these programs work, it
is impossible to completely control it, while still allowing its
use. PLEASE keep your use of these programs to a minimum. If you
do use them, it is imperative that you make sure that FILE-SHARING
(for outbound uploading by external users from your computer) IS
TURNED OFF. If you don’t know how to do this, please refer
to the web site below, or contact your RCC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If it proves impossible to contain the file sharing traffic through
this voluntary means, we will be required to take action that will
eliminate completely this sort of use of the Internet at Oberlin.
WITH REGARD TO SHARING COPYRIGHTED MUSIC OVER THE INTERNET WITHOUT
PERMISSION, THIS IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL COPYRIGHT LAW, AS WELL
AS A VIOLATION OF THE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES AT OBERLIN COLLEGE.
IF YOU SHARE SUCH MATERIAL, OBERLIN ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR
ANY CONSEQUENCES TO YOU FOR YOUR VIOLATION OF COPYRIGHT LAW AND
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE SEND A MESSAGE TO RCC@OBERLIN.EDU
For information on how to turn off outbound file-sharing, see:
Director of Information Technology