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File Sharing

Alternatives to Unlawful Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

UNM encourages students, faculty, and staff to utilize the legal alternatives to unlawful file sharing (pirating) of music and movies. Many no cost, advertisement-driven services are available, in addition to advertisement-free, but for-fee services that are available.  In addition to removing the risks associated with pirating, these services help reduce or remove risks associated with viruses or malware that can be spread through illegal file sharing.

When you download or share copyrighted material without the owner's permission, you are breaking the law and UNM policy.

It is important to find and utilize alternatives to pirating that work for you. If you do download music and movies illegally, your actions may be prosecuted. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have actively pursued and sued students here at UNM for illegally downloading and sharing these types of files.

Alternatives that allow you access to songs and movies

The alternatives that are available to unlawful downloading of movies and music can be easily located online.  These alternatives include, but are not limited to, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Bandcamp, Google Play, Hulu, Apple Music, LastFM, Pandora, Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube.