Last Revision: October 26, 2023
Students who use University resources (such as servers or networks) to illegally distribute copyrighted material face punishments up to and including dismissal.
The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material is against federal law. Unauthorized distribution is that which lies outside any rights you have procured from the copyright owner or that falls outside the established doctrine of Fair Use. It includes any copyrighted works (such as text, movies, music, etc.). Peer-to-peer file sharing is also considered a violation of copyright law. Failure to comply with copyright law subjects the student to potential civil and criminal prosecution by the copyright holders or their designees.