Vanderbilt to block three file-sharing programs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three peer-to-peer file sharing programs used for the illegal downloading of music, films and other intellectual property will be blocked at Vanderbilt University beginning next week.

Internet traffic from Gnutella, E-Donkey and DirectConnect will no longer be transported through Vanderbilt Information Technology Services, said Matt Hall, assistant vice chancellor for ITS.

“We’ve been monitoring this traffic for months,” Hall said. “It uses up more than a third of our bandwidth, and even more than that at times. We can’t have that kind of traffic interrupting the legitimate needs of the university, such as patient care and research.”

Gnutella, E-Donkey and DirectConnect were set to be cut off at Vanderbilt at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.

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