Student Notice on Illegal Downloading and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing of Copyrighted Materials

The purpose of this notice is to remind students that illegal downloading of copyrighted material, and online file sharing of copyrighted material, is against the law and can result in an individual's loss of access to the campus Internet connection.

The campus Office of Information Security responds to reports of abuse and can block access to the Internet when a computer is reported as downloading and / or sharing files illegally. In order to prevent being blocked from the University network, be careful not to illegally download copyrighted material, or install or use any file sharing software, which execute commands that can place your computer at risk.

If you obtain your music online, please do so legally by using streaming services, or online marketplaces which enable you to purchase copyrighted content and download it to your computer legally.

In the event a computer has been blocked from the network, the owner must take the following steps to be reconnected:

  • Bring the computer to Oviatt Library, First Floor, Learning Commons, IT Help Desk, which is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 am–8:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon- 5:00 pm. Residents living on campus may bring their computer to the IT office in Student Housing building 6, room 107. Technicians will verify that the computer has indeed been blocked.
  • Technicians will uninstall any file sharing software on your computer, along with any illegally downloaded copyrighted material.
  • Once the computer has been cleaned, and the student has signed a warning that they have been informed of the policies, it will be permitted back on the University network. Repeat violations will be turned over to the office of the Dean of Students and can result in disciplinary sanctions. Consequences for multiple infractions can include probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Additionally, if you allow your computer to illegally download or distribute copyrighted material, you can face civil law suits from the Recording Industry of America and/or The Motion Picture Association of America for downloading copyrighted content. In extreme cases, you can be charged with a crime and face fines and/or jail time.

Policies governing the use of copyrighted materials and the use of University's technology resources can be found at the following locations:

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