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Some people seem to believe that if you can get something for free through a “legal” service, it must be all right. However, this is not the case with Internet piracy. While peer-to-peer software sharing sites are legal to share files that are not copyrighted, downloading copyrighted materials such as music, videos, games, graphics, and information has become one of the most controversial issues on the Internet…..and is ILLEGAL.
Fort Hays State University does not permit such types of illegal downloads. Approximately 100 violations were discovered at FHSU during the Fall 2009 semester. Most violations were due to illegal downloads of music, and some were movies. When notified of these copyright infringements, the University must take action in order to comply with federal law.
First, the source’s Internet access is revoked. Second, the student is required to meet with the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs to learn about the actions that must be taken to resolve the situation and have his or her Internet access restored.
Here is a list of actions YOU can take to avoid violating copyright law and FHSU acceptable use policies:
See the following references for more information:FHSU Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policyhttp://www.fhsu.edu/ctc/computer policies
Recording Industry Association of Americahttp://www.riaa.com/
Entertainment Software Associationhttp://www.theesa.com/
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998: http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf
DMCA Overview, by the UCLA Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy:http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/iclp/dmca1.htm
Copyright Education Presentation, by the Picture Archive Council of America:http://www.pacaoffice.org/copyrightPresentation.shtml