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.

Mid-Atlantic Christian University is committed to upholding U.S. and International Copyrights as well as eliminating illegal file sharing on the MACU network.

Copyright Information

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 for more information. A copyright does not extend protection to ideas, but it can protect an idea expressed in tangible form.

Continue to the MACU Copyright page for more information on copyrights, alternative for legal downloading, and University policy concerning copyrights.

Peer-to-peer (p2p), Illegal File Sharing and Copyrights

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.

Continue to the MACU P2P page for more information about University policy concerning P2P and file sharing.