[unisog] Shutting off sharing capacity of PtoP applications

West, Ken Ken.West at orst.edu
Wed Nov 28 23:36:19 GMT 2001


Is anyone aware of a script that could be run to just turn off the P2P
settings in all of these programs?  I envision something that makes the
changes in the registry, if the keys exist and runs at login making them all
useless.


Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: H. Morrow Long [mailto:morrow.long at yale.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2001 3:13 PM
To: E. Larry Lidz
Cc: Joshua Wright; 'unisog at sans.org'
Subject: Re: [unisog] Shutting off sharing capacity of PtoP applications


I would seriously recommend to anyone to "run" any such web pages by their
legal department these days.  But I'm just being extremely cautious.

We (and most likely Indiana as well) believe that we were targeted by
Metallica in their suit vis-a-vis Napster specifically because we had
discussed Napster and P-2-P filesharing apps and then put up web pages 
describing how to alleviate the network impact of the client precisely by
disabling the server/sharing functionality within it (Napster).

We are very wary of doing anything these days which might contain even the
barest 'whiff' of appearing to condone the use of such programs (which
primarily appear to be almost solely used for swapping pirated copyright
material) -- as we do not want to condone the use of these programs and we
are very serious about copyright infringement.

If you do put up instructions on how to configure P2P clients I'd recommend
putting very strong warnings (approved by your legal counsel again of
course) vis-a-vis copyright infringement law and local penalties ( I see
that that Larry Lidz has done that at U Chicago via the link on the page to
the letter to the U Chicago community as well as some wording on the page)
to provide some cover against any charges by anyone that your school is
appearing to condone the use of such tools (tools don't steal intellectual
property of course, 
people do).

Note that under DMCA, if you are a registered agent for a 'higher-ed'
network provider you are also supposed provide web pages on your site 
which describe US Copyright law -- see US Title 17 Section 512c. Putting a
link to such pages on copyright law along side the instructions on how to
disable filesharing in P2P clients would appear to be ideal.

"E. Larry Lidz" wrote:
> 
> Joshua Wright writes:
> >A while ago, I thought I saw mention of some schools that maintained 
> >a list of PtoP applications with steps to shut off the sharing 
> >capacity of those applications.  Unfortunately, I cannot locate that 
> >e-mail now, and there doesn't seem to be an archive publicly 
> >available.
> >
> >Would someone mind reposting such a list?  We are seeing more 
> >outbound utilization lately and inbound utilization, and are thinking 
> >of asking students to voluntarily shut off sharing to the PtoP 
> >applications.
> 
> We've got our at:
> 
> <http://security.uchicago.edu/peer-to-peer/no_fileshare.shtml>.
> 
> -Larry

- H. Morrow Long


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