Digital Millenium Copyright Act

January 2005 Memo Sent To All UCR Students

January 7, 2005

To All University of California Riverside Students:

At UCR, access to the University's high-speed network is a very important tool students may utilize during their time on campus. The wealth of information, services, and support Internet access provides enriches both UCR's instructional and research environments.

As you use the Internet, 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. The initiation of legal actions by copyright holders is becoming more of a reality every day in California.

Although trading of copyrighted music, movies, games and software over the Internet has become commonplace using file-sharing programs such as KaZaa or Morpheus, 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 will be able to do to protect copyright infringers.

In compliance with the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the University of California Guidelines for Compliance with the Online Service Provider Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, UCR expeditiously takes action when notified of potential DMCA violations from sites 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. The UC Guidelines for Compliance are available for online review at http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/coordrev/policy/12-01-99.html.

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.

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

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