[Libs-Or] Bittorrent downloading in libraries--Any solutions?

GIBBON Cindy cindyg at multcolib.org
Tue Jun 29 12:59:24 PDT 2010

"It's important to be aware that p2p is not the only bandwidth intensive
activity "
Lately, we've had a lot of complaints about gamers taking up all our
wireless bandwidth.

Cindy Gibbon 
Senior Library Manager for 
Access and IT Services 
Multnomah County Library 
205 NE Russell Street 
Portland, OR  97212 
503-988-5496 (voice) 
503-988-5441 (fax) 
cindyg at multcolib.org 

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		Obviously, I'm not a lawyer, but I would think that the
closest match to what libraries face would be what universities face
when they get notices about illegal download activities on their
networks. When they can't trace the activity to a specific IP, what do
they do? 

	As one might expect, they just call whoever appears to be
responsible for the network. In practice, you're more likely to get a
call because one of your users is harassing someone or attacking another
system (usually unintentionally because of infection) than because of
perceived copyright violation. Pirating is not the same as those other
categories because you'll just get your network locked out.

	In response to the question of whether bandwidth is a big deal,
it is if it's all used up and people aren't able to access the services
they need. It's important to be aware that p2p is not the only bandwidth
intensive activity -- streaming is taking an increasing piece of the pie
and is the majority of use on many networks. However, a few people
downloading DVD's (even those with no copyright issues) will really suck
up the bandwidth.

	Whatever the case, patrons and staff alike suffer your network
is overwhelmed. The easiest thing to do is throttle connections and/or
address specific problems on an individual basis.


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