The use, downloading or distributing copyrighted materials is a violation of federal and state laws and is a violation of Hofstra University’s Acceptable Use Policy and Guidelines.
This includes the following:
When caught downloading or distributing illegally the user will be subjected to civil and criminal action
If caught at Hofstra the user will lose network privileges:
First offense you lose your Internet access for 1 week
Second offense you lose it for a 1 month
Third and final offense you lose it FOREVER!
Many sites offer legal downloads, some are pay and some are free. Below is a list of a few sites and programs that are safe to use.