File Sharing at ECU

File Sharing – Know the Rules

ECU blocks all file-sharing traffic on the university’s network. The term “file sharing” is described as the act of distributing or making available digitally stored material (e.g., music, movies, documents, photos, games, etc.) to other users on the Internet. File-sharing technologies are not in themselves illegal, but what you share may be. File sharing is NOT the ordinary sharing of files; instead, it is when you use specific software such as BitTorrent, uTorrent, or Vuze to distribute copyrighted material.

Illegally downloading copyrighted music, movies and other protected material via file-sharing programs can cost you your network access. You may even be subject to civil and criminal penalties ranging from $750 to $200,000 and up to 10 years of imprisonment. University employees who violate university computer-use policies will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Student violations are misconduct under the applicable student disciplinary code. Sanctions may include revocation of network access privileges in addition to other sanctions available under the regular disciplinary procedures.

Follow ECU’s student code of conduct ( computer use policies (, ECU copyright policies ( and federal copyright laws (

University Attorney Statement on Copyright:

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, 364 Wright Auditorium Annex, 252.328.6824.

File Sharing Exception Request

It is not our intention to disrupt legitimate file sharing. If you need to use software such as BitTorrent, uTorrent, or Vuze for legitimate business or academic purposes, you will need to submit a file-sharing exception request form through the IT Help Desk at Scroll to Governance & Compliance > Peer-to-Peer File Sharing > Request Service purple button on the right.

Legal Alternatives for Downloading

Amazon Instant Video Amazon Digital Music Disney Videos HBO GO Hulu Movies & TV
iTunes Netflix Movies & TV
Pandora Redbox Instant Walmart MP3 Music Downloads

Where to get movies and TV shows

Other legal sources of online content

GRADUATING STUDENTS: Before you leave ECU, don’t forget…

Before you leave ECU, don’t forget to save any files and information you have stored on ECU systems!

For example:

  • Save or forward your Office 365 messages, contacts, and whatever else you’d like to keep from your ECU e-mail account. Be sure to give others your alternative e-mail address so that you can keep in touch after your ECU e-mail account has been deactivated. Consider using your alternative e-mail address on resumes you distribute.

Microsoft Web site – E-mail Help

ECU Student E-mail Web site

  • Save your files from your Office 365 OneDrive.
  • Save your files from your ECU Piratedrive.
  • Save your portfolio from iWebfolio.
  • Save your Web pages/Web content from MyWeb and ECU Blogs/WordPress.
  • Save survey data from Qualtrics if you participated in any research activities involving surveys.

Last but not least:

Download the Microsoft products you receive FREE as a graduating ECU student. Please immediately burn your software to DVD in the event that reinstallation is necessary, and write down your product key.


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Questions? Need help? Contact the ECU IT Help Desk or ACE Student Computing Support Center:

  • By phone: 252.328.9866 or 1.800.340.7081
  • Walk-in locations: 103 Austin (Main Campus), 2506 Health Sciences Building (Health Sciences Campus; Laupus Library)
  • ACE: 108 Rawl (Main Campus), 3330 Health Sciences Building (Health Sciences Campus)