JMU and other institutions of higher education have responsibilities under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and more recently the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) to combat copyright abuse and discourage illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. In particular, illegal use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technology is a concern. This site outlines JMU’s program for addressing these requirements and provides information to individuals about their obligations and alternatives under federal copyright law.
JMU’s Plan to Address Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Materials is available at: www.jmu.edu/computing/wm_library/HEOAPlan2013.pdf and is updated annually. Here is some information about the elements of the plan.
Internet file sharing is risky behavior. The following list provides details on some of the risks associated with file sharing.
Individuals who find it necessary to download music and files through internet/P2P file sharing are responsible for configuring their software for safe and legal operation. They should follow specific instructions for disallowing other computers access to their local files.
Annual Notice to the University Community
Since university policy prohibits use of the JMU network to violate copyright law or jeopardize the security of university technology or information resources, this notice distributed annually to all students, faculty, staff and affiliates outlining specific obligations and expectations.
Legal Alternatives for Online Content
Across the Internet myriad sources are available to provide media content within the bounds of copyright law. A list of many such resources pertinent to use by the higher education community is maintained by Educause at: http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent
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