Download and Share Legally

File Sharing on the UNC-Chapel Hill Network

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to supporting the rights of content owners and protecting the campus data network from security liabilities and misuse. This site, provided for anyone who is granted access to the campus data network (i.e. students, faculty, staff and guests), explains file sharing, copyright laws and related University policies.

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works. If you violate the exclusive rights of a copyright owner, you infringe the author’s copyright.

To learn about University policies which guide registration and protection of intellectual property, visit UNC-Chapel Hill Copyright Information and Policies.

Access to the campus data network is a privilege, not a right. Before you are allowed to create an Onyen, you must agree to abide and be bound by the UNC-Chapel Hill Data Network Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). If you violate this policy you will be subject to consequences, including loss of your network privileges. This means you will not be able to use your own computer to access:

  • e-mail,
  • Internet,
  • calendar applications,
  • Facebook or MySpace,
  • Blackboard,
  • AFS data storage, or
  • other network services.

Explore this site and learn how you can legally access music, movies, games, software and other copyright materials; learn about copyright protection and your rights; and understand what will happen if you illegally download or share copyrighted materials.