Copyright Infringement

Copyright is the protection under federal law of the original expression of an idea, such as websites, CD’s, DVD’s, audio and visual works, computer programs, books and journals. Infringement is the act of violating the exclusive rights of a copyright owner.  When you download any of these without the consent of the copyright owner it is considered copyright infringement which may be subject to disciplinary action by PUC as well as legal action by the copyright holder.

What are the risks of illegal downloading?

Some of the personal risks of illegal downloading include compromising your computer by making it vulnerable to viruses and spam because these illegal sites are not secure.  Another personal risk is that you can be more susceptible to identity theft for this same reason.  The sites are not secure.  There are also legal risks involved in illegal downloading.  You risk the possibility of lawsuits and criminal prosecution under Federal Law in addition to the possibility of fines ranging from $200 to $150,000. You also risk disciplinary action by the Office of the Dean of Students for violating Section B-2a of the Regulations Governing Student Conduct (Code of Conduct).

What is a copyright infringement notice?

The University receives a number of copyright infringement notices each day.  These notices are typically sent to the Assistant Director for Information Security and Assurance at Purdue University Calumet.  “These types of notices typically refer to the transmission of material on the University’s network that allegedly infringes upon the copyright of another.  The University receives many of these notices from trade associations (e.g., the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) or the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)) who are authorized to act on behalf of the artists that they represent.

These infringement notices identify an alleged offender by Internet Protocol (IP) address.  In many cases, the University is able to use its IT resources and log files in order to identify the individual using the particular IP address at the time indicated in the infringement notice to the individual so identified.”

I have received a notice from the DOS Office regarding copyright infringement.  Why and what happens next?

  1. Network Administrators are contacted by outside sources, for example, the Recording Industry Association of America or Fox, of a copyright infringement using the PUC Network. 
  2. The Network Administrator then disables the student’s access to the PUC Network.  Because copyright infringement is a direct violation of Section B-2a of the Regulations Governing Student Conduct (Code of Conduct), the information is then forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Students. 
  3. The Office of the Dean of Students then sends the student a Notification letter of  a Disciplinary Hearing with the Director of Student Assistance and Conduct. 
  4. If found responsible, the student is asked to sign a contract (link to pdf copy of contract) stating that he/she will remove the infringed material and discontinue all infringing activity. 
  5.  The student’s access will be enabled only after he/she has met with the Director of Student Assistance and Conduct.  Second offenses could result in more stringent sanctions not only by the University but by the party reporting the infringement 

Where can I download media legally?

Visit www.respectcopyrights.org for an up to date listing of legal sites from which to download music.

Where can I get more information regarding copyright infringement?

www.respectcopyrights.org

Information on what to do if you get a notice that you have infringed on someone’s copyright, listings of legal sites to download media, how to avoid digital piracy and information about digital Hollywood.

Information on music copyright notices, legal sites to download music, and useful information for college students regarding copyright infringement.

www.purduecal.edu/security/copyright-compliance-information/

Information regarding Purdue copyrighted material and Higher Education Opportunity Act Copyright

Compliance Information.

www.purdue.edu/securepurdue/copyright.cfm

Information regarding Purdue copyrighted material and Higher Education Opportunity Act Copyright

Compliance Information, penalties for copyright violations, reporting copyright infringement, and more.

www.copyright.gov

Information from the United States Copyright Office, including copyright law.