Dtella and Piracy

Dtella is intended to be used as a distributed direct connect (DC) hub for the use of sharing files on a network. As with any P2P application, the sharing of copyrighted material is considered piracy.

We hope the following facts will answer any questions you may have:

Facts about Piracy

  1. Piracy is defined as the sharing of copyrighted media.
  2. If you share copyrighted media of any form, you could be caught and made to face the consequences of your actions.
  3. There is no completely safe way to pirate media.
  4. Specifically at Purdue University, the Copyright Infringement FAQ should be read.

Facts about Dtella

  1. Dtella is a P2P program, and it is legal unto itself.  However, using it to share copyrighted media is illegal.
  2. If you do not share copyrighted media using Dtella, it is completely legal and you have nothing to worry about.
  3. Dtella allows for the restriction of who can join the P2P network; specifically at Purdue University, you must be on campus network to gain access.

Occasionally, the RIAA sends letters to colleges about their most recent actions against Piracy.

Dtella Labs’ response:

  • Sharing copyrighted media will never be 100% secure.
  • Public trackers like The Pirate Bay are open to the public.  That means everyone, including trade associations like RIAA/MPAA.  They can see that you’re downloading or seeding a file of interest to them, track your IP:port, and forward this information to the university, who can put a name to the IP:port.
  • Trade associations cannot gain access to campus intranet without appropriate legal action (see Copyright Infringement FAQ).
  • Restricting access of the Dtella network to campus intranet increases our privacy, and keeps the trade associations out.
  • Therefore, Dtella is safer than other P2P protocols.

What the EFF has to say about it:

“The RIAA and MPAA have sued college students for using publicly-accessible file sharing networks, including systems like i2hub. However, with one particularly notable exception, the RIAA and MPAA have not targeted users downloading or uploading music over closed, college campus intranets — in other words, students sharing with other students at the same school over the school’s own network. Tracking intranet infringements is practically more difficult, though not necessarily impossible.”