Digital Millenium Copyright Act

October 2009 Announcement

October 2009 Memo Sent To All UCR Students

Avoid Illegal File Sharing of Copyrighted Movies, Music, and Software

October 2009

Dear UCR Students,

As classes begin again and the start of a new academic year is upon us, I am writing to remind you of the risks involved with illegal file sharing (e.g. illegal downloading of copyrighted music, movies, or software). 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 trading of copyrighted music, movies, games and software over the Internet is NOT legal. Sharing, obtaining, or offering such copyrighted material in violation of the U.S. copyright law may be punishable with civil and criminal penalties, including prison time and monetary damages. Importantly, when copyright holders resort to legal actions, there is little the University can do to protect copyright infringers.

In compliance with federal law and university policies, UCR expeditiously takes action when notified of potential DMCA violations from computers located on the campus network. Access to the campus network will be immediately terminated and, in some cases, the University may also take disciplinary actions.

During the past several years, UCR has partnered with various UC campuses in an effort to provide students with new file sharing options. 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.

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 and CIO
Computing and Communications
University of California, Riverside

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