Risks of Illegal Downloading

Illegal downloading, uploading or sharing of media is becoming such a huge problem for the entertainment industry that they have hired full time staff to monitor the activity in an effort to stop it. Peer-to-peer networks are often times used to illegally share music, videos, and images. Individuals engaged in the behavior assume several risks:

  • Personal risks: compromising one’s computer by making it vulnerable to viruses and spam as well as being more susceptible to identity theft.
  • Legal risks: risking lawsuits and criminal prosecution under Federal Law and the possibility of fines ranging from $200 to $150,000.
  • Disciplinary risks: violating the Code of Student Conduct.

When students illegally download media using the PUC Network:

  1. Network Administrators are contacted by outside sources such as the Recording Industry Association of America or Fox.
  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, the information is then forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Students.
  3. The Office of the Dean of Students then notifies the student of a Disciplinary Hearing with a Student Conduct Administrator.
  4. If found responsible, the student is asked to sign a 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 a Student Conduct Administrator. Second offenses could result in more stringent sanctions not only by the University but by the party reporting the infringement.

For more information regarding copyright infringement including a listing of legal websites from which to download music, TV, and movies go to www.campusdownloading.com.