We've heard all of the excuses – "Everyone is doing it so the authorities will never single me out for prosecution." "I didn't know I was doing anything wrong!""I'm not hurting anyone.""My roommate said making a backup was okay.""There wouldn't be a place on the web to download it if it wasn't okay."
The bottom line is unless you own the copyright; you can't copy or share it without permission. That includes music, videos, software or textbooks from the Web. If you do it, it is stealing and it is just as illegal as shoplifting. It is against the law and against Auburn University policy (http://www.auburn.edu/oit/it_policies/appropriate_use_infotech.php).
It's just not the Auburn way.
I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men…
I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all...
And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
-George Petrie (1945) (excerpts from The Auburn Creed)
Somebody you don't even know e-mails you a copy of a copyrighted song and then you e-mail copies to your friends.
You make an MP3 copy of a song because the CD you bought expressly permits you to do so. But then you put your MP3 copy on the Internet, using a file-sharing network, so that millions of other people can download it.
Even if you don't illegally offer recordings to others, you join a file-sharing network and download unauthorized copies of all the copyrighted music you want for free from the computers of other network members.
In order to gain access to copyrighted music on the computers of other network members, you pay a fee to join a file-sharing network that isn't authorized to distribute or make copies of copyrighted music. Then you download unauthorized copies of all the music you want.
You transfer copyrighted music using an instant messaging service.
You have a computer with a CD burner, which you use to burn copies of music or videos you have downloaded legally onto writable CDs for all of your friends (that's the illegal part).
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