Digital Millenium Copyright Act


October 2007 Memo Sent To All UCR Students

October 2007

To All University of California Riverside Students:

As classes once again begin and your use of the campus network and the Internet increases, it is extremely important to understand the personal risks involved with illegal file sharing. Students must be aware of these risks not only because of the possibility of campus disciplinary action, but also to protect against criminal prosecution and the initiation of civil litigation by copyright holders.

Although trading of copyrighted music, movies, games and software over the Internet has become commonplace using various file-sharing programs, it is not legal to do so. Most material is copyrighted and obtaining or offering such material in violation of the U.S. copyright law may be punishable with civil and criminal penalties, including prison time and monetary damages. When copyright holders resort to legal actions, there is little the University can do to protect copyright infringers.

In compliance with the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the University's guidelines for compliance, UCR expeditiously takes action when notified of potential DMCA violations from computers located on the campus network. All of these incidents are referred to various campus officials and appropriate actions are taken to stop unauthorized downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials. In some cases, the University may also take disciplinary actions and/or access to the campus network may be terminated.

During the past several years, UCR has partnered with various UC campuses in an effort to provide students with new file sharing options. UCR encourages all students to take advantage of a UC partnership with Ruckus (2.5 million songs) for FREE streaming music over the Internet. Please visit UCR's Legal2Share site (http://cnc.ucr.edu/legal2share) for more information about this service as well as other legal low-cost music downloading options. Please also visit UCR's Student Guide to the Net (http://www.cnc.ucr.edu/studentguide) for additional information on using the campus network in a safe and secure fashion.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. If you have any questions about these issues or seek additional information, please visit UCR's DMCA web site at http://dmca.ucr.edu or contact Larry McGrath, Director Computing Support Services for Computing and Communications at Larry.McGrath@ucr.edu.

Charles Rowley
Associate Vice Chancellor
Computing and Communications
University of California, Riverside


Click here to read the December 2006 memo sent to all UCR students concerning this issue.
Click here to read the October 2005 memo sent to all UCR students concerning this issue.
Click here to read the May 2005 memo sent to all UCR students concerning this issue.
Click here to read the January 2005 memo sent to all UCR students concerning this issue.
Click here to read the October 2003 memo sent to all UCR students, staff, and faculty concerning this issue.




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