University of California, Riverside



Dear UCR Students,

As classes once again begin and your use of the campus network and the Internet increases, it is extremely important to understand the personal risks involved with illegal file sharing and downloading of music, movies, and games. Students must be aware of these risks not only because of possible campus disciplinary action, but also to protect against criminal prosecution and the initiation of civil lawsuits by copyright holders.

Copyright holders are increasingly resorting to various forms of litigation when illegal file sharing is discovered. When copyright holders resort to legal action, there is little the University can do to protect copyright infringers (please visit for additional information). Given the tremendous risks associated with illegal file sharing, UCR is urging students to explore other alternatives to obtain and enjoy music. Indeed, there are many legal downloading services available to students, and you may review some of these alternatives on UCR's Legal2Share website (

Thank you for your attention to this important issue. For questions or concerns about illegal file sharing, federal copyright legislation, or UCR's partnerships to provide legal access to online music, please visit:

Charles Rowley
Associate Vice Chancellor, Computing and Communications
University of California, Riverside

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