Respect Copyrighted Material And Avoid Digital Piracy
With so many options out there for viewing movies and TV shows
online, it can be confusing to find the real thing — content that
doesn't involve copyright infringement. In addition, others could
be using your Internet account without your knowledge to conduct
illegal activities. It's important you understand that downloading
pirated content through a site like BitTorrent is illegal and
organizations are actively protecting these rights.
For example, the Copyright Alert System (CAS) is designed to help
consumers understand when files may have been shared illegally on
peer-2-peer (P2P) networks through their Internet accounts.
According to www.copyrightinfringement.org, "artists, moviemakers
and other owners of content join public P2P networks to see if the
music, movies, and TV shows they've made available are being
shared without permission and in violation of U.S. copyright law.
If they notice that a file is being shared illegally, they notify
the appropriate Internet Service Provider (ISP) and that ISP, in
turn, passes on that notice to their subscriber as a Copyright
NCKCN is receiving CAS notifications regarding copyright
infringement by our Internet customers. Sharing illegal content
violates the NCKCN/Cunningham Acceptable Use Policy. Disciplinary
action including fees associated with tracking and notifying
customers of violations up to, and including, termination of the
Internet account for repeat violators may be taken.
If you are alerted about unlawful content sharing, we trust that
you will take the appropriate steps to correct the situation. To
help avoid these issues in the future, follow these tips:
Watch for titles that are "too new to be true." Movies that have
yet to be released in theaters, or which are still out in
theaters, are not legally available online. If very recent titles
are being sold or traded online, they are almost invariably
Trust your eyes and ears. In many cases, the quality of illegal
copies is inferior with poor sound and can appear blurry or shaky.
Be cautious when websites make offers that are "too good to be
true." Be wary of "free" content when searching for and purchasing
downloads from unfamiliar sites; they typically indicate pirated
product. Look out for terms like "Unlimited Movie Downloads,"
"100% legal," and "Millions of Files Shared." Offers for one-time
or yearly fees with no details and no contact information should
also alert you that you have entered an illegal site.
As you look for entertainment online, remember to be respectful of
the artists' work and keep your downloading within legal
parameters. If you have any questions about our policies regarding
digital piracy, call NCKCN at 785-738-2218.