As you can imagine there has been a lot of talk about the people getting busted around campus. A friend of mine who goes to University of Iowa even heard about it. At University of Iowa a student set up a network indexer of his own. It was called Hawkseach. This week the University of Iowa forced the student to shut down Hawksearch. This is from the Daily Iowan (UofI's newspaper): UI hammers HawkSearch founder By Annie Shuppy -- The Daily Iowan UI officials shut down a student-run file-sharing program Monday afternoon, warning that the Web site's creator could face a number of possible consequences, including being dismissed from the university. UI freshman Jeff Nylen, the founder of HawkSearch, was called into a half-hour meeting Tuesday with officials from Information Technology Services and Residence Life to discuss policy violations and consequences for his actions. Nylen contends that when he contacted ITS with questions about regulations, including whether someone possessing internal bandwidth for sharing files would be penalized, he was told internal bandwidth would not be penalized. But when he relayed that information to ITS officials Tuesday, Nylen said, they told him it was not true. He could not say who first told him he would not be penalized for using UI bandwidth. The Sioux City native will learn within the next few days if he will be expelled from the university. In September 2002, Nylen launched HawkSearch from his Mayflower Residence Hall room, allowing the university's 5,600 dorm residents to search, share, and download files from inside the university's computer network at faster speeds. The Web site, HawkSearch.kicks-ass.net, had approximately 1,500 visitors and averaged 30,000 hits every day before being closed Monday -- the same day a profile of Nylen and HawkSearch ran in The Daily Iowan. Jane Drews, an ITS security officer, said her decision to shut down HawkSearch was not influenced by the article, explaining that a party within the university filed a complaint about the site last week. An investigation ensued, and Nylen's connection was shut down Jan. 31, she said. The site was closed based on a number of ResNet Acceptable Use Policy Violations, including illegal sharing of copyrighted material, Drews said. The policy states that a ResNet subscriber is responsible for all activity originating from her or his connection and that subscribers should not engage in activities that consume excessive bandwidth. It also states that subscribers may not use the ResNet connection to participate in illegal activities such as software piracy -- either the distribution of copyrighted software or illegal attainment of software or other copyrighted materials -- from the residence-hall connection. "Our responsibility is to take action when illegal activity comes to our attention," she said. The investigation is ongoing. Nylen said he received no prior warnings from ITS about HawkSearch and that although he was aware of some of the ResNet policies, he was not informed about all of them. The engineering student also said he did not realize the consequences were so severe. Officials cited policies that prohibit linking a Web address to a university IT address, running servers, running chat rooms, and running businesses as reasons for HawkSearch's termination. Nylen said he was not profiting from his site and that the university is not handling his violations in a standard manner. "I think it's making a special case of me," he said. "I didn't think it was so serious; [the university] pulled up every little detail it possibly could." David Coleman, an assistant director of Residence Life, said he could not comment specifically on the case. However, he said his office will take corrective actions when ResNet Policies are violated by the transfer of copyright material. "Copyright is a federal law, and that's stealing," he said. "It's in place so people can protect themselves." A first-time offender would likely receive a warning with probation, but some students may not take those warnings to heart, and sometimes misconduct requires stricter punishment, Coleman said. "If something is severe enough that it [warrants] a different level of discipline, we will refer it to the next level, such [as] the dean of students," he said. UI freshman Matthew Gunn, Nylen's suite-mate, said he has tried to be supportive of Nylen as he faces disciplinary action. "He acts a little different," Gunn said. "He knows he could only be here one more week." Gunn said he is more apprehensive about file sharing after hearing about the disciplinary action Nylen faces. "It makes me worried," he said. "What else can they do?" E-mail DI reporter Annie Shuppy at: firstname.lastname@example.org --------------------- That news is from http://www.dailyiowan.com/news/360393.html You would think that their ITS department would know the difference between a file sharing application and a network indexer. I wish the kid would stand up for whats right.