Digital Millenium Copyright Act

Dec. 2006 DMCA Letter to Students

December 2006 Memo Sent To All UCR Students

December 6, 2006

To All University of California Riverside Students:

As the end of the Fall quarter approaches and your use of the campus network and the Internet increases in anticipation of final exams, it is extremely important to understand the personal risks associated with illegal file sharing. Many college students believe unauthorized music downloading is harmless and don't fully understand the potential consequences. Illegal Internet downloading of music, games, movies, and software is a serious issue and can result in costly legal actions and fines. UCR 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 file-sharing programs such as Gnutella and eDonkey, 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.

Importantly, any file sharing of copyrighted material without permission is illegal, whether this sharing occurs on the Internet or on UCR's campus network. If the campus becomes aware of illegal music and video sharing that takes place anywhere on UCR's network (in the residence halls, in computer labs, etc.), UCR will stop this activity and take all appropriate disciplinary action.

Thank you for your attention to this very serious 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. For additional information about UCR supported legal file sharing options, please visit www.cnc.ucr.edu/legal2share .

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

P.S. Please let me also announce some new and exciting news relating to on-line music. As of May 2006, all UCR students are entitled to a membership providing FREE streaming music over the Internet. Again, please visit UCR's Legal2Share site for more information about this service as well as other legal music downloading options (http://cnc.ucr.edu/legal2share ).

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