Protecting Against Illegal File Sharing
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) includes provisions to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted materials through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. Any of the following activities, if conducted without permission of the copyright owner, are probable violations of the copyright law:
- Copying and sharing images, music, movies, television shows, publications, software or other copyrighted materials.
- Purchasing a CD or DVD and then making copies for others.
- Posting or plagiarizing copyrighted material on your personal Web space.
- Downloading anything of which you don’t already own a copy (software, MP3s, movies, television shows, etc.).
The HEOA requirements and Lorain County Community College’s methods of compliance are below:
|1.||Make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
On an annual basis, Lorain County Community College will inform students via LCCC student e-mail about the criminal, civil and college penalties for the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. Students will be directed to the “Campus Policies” section of the LCCC Web site for details about the college policies related to copyright and peer-to-peer sharing of materials. The site will also include links to information about copyright compliance.
Certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to “effectively combat” the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material including “the use of one or more technology-based deterrents.”
|3.||Offer alternatives to illegal file sharing to the extent practical.
A list of sources for legal online content is provided by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Links to content providers are available at: http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.
|4.||Identify procedures for periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.
LCCC blocks sites that have been identified as primary sources for the illegal downloading of copyrighted materials, including software, music, video, games and other protected materials. On a continuing basis, LCCC monitors the transfer of large-file-size materials across the college network.