Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions

Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions

 

Filesharing and Copyright

The college takes copyright protection very seriously. Many scholars and music artists rely on copyright to protect their intellectual property.

 

"Peer-to-peer" (P2P) filesharing applications, such as BitTorrent, Kazaa, eDonkey, and Limewire have made it easy for Internet users to share files with one another. There are many legitimate uses of P2P filesharing, such as updates and software purchases. However, P2P filesharing applications are also used to share copyrighted material such as songs, movies, software applications, and games without permission. If you upload or distribute copies you make of copyrighted works, or download or acquire unlicensed copies of copyrighted works, you may be infringing someone else’s rights.

 

Although using P2P filesharing technology is not in itself illegal, if you share copyrighted material without permission -- even unwittingly -- you are breaking both the law and college policy and could be subject to college, civil, and/or criminal sanctions .