|Educate Yourself about Copyrights and Legal Downloading|
|Peer-to-peer (p2p), Illegal File Sharing, and Copyrights|
|Important Copyright Laws and Policies|
|More Information about Copyrights|
Mid-Atlantic Christian University is committed to ensuring that all staff, faculty, and students respect U.S. copyright laws and regulations. MACU is committed to educating staff, faculty, and students about copyrights, copyright infringement and consequences, and legal use of intellectual property. MACU is commited to fighting against illegal file sharing and providing resources for legal downloading.
Title 17 of the U.S. Law Code defines copyright as a protection to the creators of "original works of authorship." A copyright grants the owner of legal right to reproduce, modify, distribute, publish, and perform. Different types of copyrighted material are subject to different standards and practices; check out the Copyright Basics and Copyright FAQ on the www.copyright.gov for more information. A copyright does not extend protection to ideas, but it can protext an idea expressed in tangible form.
File sharing programs are not explicitly illegal, but are often used to obtain copyrighted material. Downloading, distributing, and uploading copyrighted material without the author's permission is illegal and unethical; it is a violation of U.S. Law and University Policies. Anyone who illegally downloads, distributes, or copies copyrighted material risks criminal prosecution and civil litigation.
Copyright violations can have serious civil and criminal penalties. Potential civil and criminal penalties include:
|Campus Downloading - Legal Downloading Education and Resources|
|RIAA - List of Legal Music Services|
|Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)|
|Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)|
|Business Software Alliance (BSA)|
|EDUCAUSE Higher Education Opportunities Act and P2P Website|
|Intellectual Property Institue|