Northwestern University Be Aware You're Uploading (NU-BAYU) is an automated data tracking system implemented by Northwestern University Information Technology to educate and increase awareness about issues surrounding copyright infringement through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technology.
The goal of NU-BAYU is to educate users:
- on how to avoid uploading
- on how to use P2P file sharing technology lawfully
- on the risks associated with using P2P file sharing technology
PLEASE NOTE: The NU-BAYU system does not monitor the content of data network traffic for copyrighted material, generate lists of users for punitive/disciplinary action, or otherwise pass judgment on user behavior. No user data will be retained by the system other than a list of users who have opted out of receiving NU-BAYU e-mail notifications. However, improper use of P2P file sharing technology is against University policy and may expose users to computer viruses, identity theft, legal actions for copyright infraction, University disciplinary procedures, and other problems.
How does it work?
When NU-BAYU identifies P2P uploading, it will automatically send an e-mail to the user whose computer it detected. This e-mail lets the user know that a computer associated with them appears to be engaged in P2P uploading.
The NU-BAYU e-mail also contains a link to this Web site so that users can better inform themselves about safe and proper usage of P2P applications. The e-mail also provides instructions on how to disable and remove peer-to-peer file sharing applications.
Users may choose to opt out of receiving the e-mail message. Opting out of NU-BAYU should only be considered if:
- the user has a clear understanding of the technology being used;
- the user is uploading files lawfully;
- the user is not being exposed to unnecessary risk; and
- the user would rather not receive up to one e-mail notice each day an upload is noticed.
The opt out period expires 120 days from the date the user opts out. After 120 days, the user again becomes eligible to receive an uploading notification if warranted.
- Quick Reference
- Disable Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Applications
- Remove Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Applications
- E-mail Opt Out Request
- Policies and Guidelines
- Letter to Northwestern University Students
- Intellectual Property Primer from Northwestern Office of the General Counsel
- Northwestern Copyright Clearinghouse Office
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Last Updated: 14 November 2011