Peer-to-Peer (P2P) software can share computer files with others globally for academic and artistic collaboration - and so it can be a very useful and beneficial tool.
Unfortunately it’s most often used for the transmission and retrieval of copyrighted digital media without the copyright owners permission. (i.e. sharing music and movies)
Also most P2P software when installed, shares out your hard drive. Not only compromising your computers’ security (making it vulnerable to viruses and even hacking), but also exposing you to possible secondary copyright infringement for allowing others to download songs or movies from your computer.
File sharing can be switched off in most P2P software, but it is preferred that you uninstall it unless you have a legitimate use for the software.
Most P2P software are very similar in setup and function and so the supplied guides above should be able to assist you, even if you have an unlisted P2P program installed. If you require further assistance please contact us.
For more information on copyright, please see Copyright in Canada