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Avoid Loss of Network Privileges

Downloading copyrighted materials, such as music, videos, games, graphics, and information is FORBIDDEN at FHSU, and you as a student can lose your Network (WiFi) Access.

If something is illegally downloaded, the University must take action in order to comply with federal law.

First, the student's Internet access will be 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.


Steps to Follow to Avoid Copyright Infringement

  • Access only files and data that you own, have been given authorization for, or that are publicly available.
  • Use only legal versions of copyrighted software in compliance with vendor license requirements.
  • Do NOT make or use illegal copies of copyrighted software or other copyrighted materials (such as digitized artistic productions and music or video files), store such copies on FHSU systems, or transmit them over FHSU networks.
  • Take advantage of sites that offer free music, clip art, photos, and graphics, etc... If you are not sure whether an image is free, request permission from the source before downloading or copying it.
  • Whenever using a program to download music or movies, read the fine print. Some programs have fees for faster uploads--however, the user is not paying for the music itself, which usually results in illegal downloads. If a deal seems too good to be true--it probably is.
  • If you have any doubt about whether your intended media use is legal, DON'T DOWNLOAD.


See the following references for more information:

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FHSU Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy

George Mason University:
http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/copyright-internet.htm

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998:
http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf

Copyright Education Presentation, by the Picture Archive Council of America:
http://www.pacaoffice.org/copyrightPresentation.shtml

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