Copyright Notice to Students

Copyright Notice to Students


Notice of Utica University Policy Concerning
Unauthorized Distribution Of Copyrighted
Material and Unauthorized Peer-To-Peer
File Sharing

Utica College is committed to educating the Utica University community concerning unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing. Furthermore, the Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires that this notice be sent to members of the University community annually.

Users of the Utica University computing network are prohibited from the unauthorized copying, distribution, alteration, use, or translation of copyrighted materials, software, motion pictures, music, or other media without the express written permission of the copyright holder.

Violation of this policy puts users  at risk for losing computing privileges, being charged with a violation of the Utica University Student Code of Conduct and resultant disciplinary sanctions, being disciplined as an employee, and/or facing civil or criminal liability.

The following links on Utica University ’s Web site set forth Utica University ’s file-sharing policies and provide access and information to help users comply with those policies.
Peer 2 Peer and U @ Utica, a tutorial:

While file sharing is not in and of itself illegal, unauthorized file sharing of copyrighted materials, including music and motion pictures, is a violation of copyright laws and can subject you to civil and criminal sanctions. In addition, downloading and/or using peer-to-peer software can be hazardous to your computer and the Utica College network, as many shared files can contain spyware or viruses.

Anyone found to violate the rights of a copyright owner is deemed an infringer of the copyright.  Civil remedies for infringement include injunctions, forfeiture, seizure, and actual damages and profits suffered due to the infringement. In addition, in lieu of actual damages, the copyright owner may elect to pursue statutory damages ranging from $200.00 to $150,000.00 in the case of willful infringement. The court may also award the copyright owner reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs related to prosecuting the action.

Infringers additionally may face criminal liability if they willfully infringe a copyright in certain situations. Violations of the above carry possible jail time (increased for multiple offenses) and fines, as well as seizure, forfeiture, and distribution of any copies or means by which the copies are made.

Article 17, Chapter 5 of the United States Code sets forth the laws concerning Copyright Infringement and Remedies (

Violation of Utica University’s copyright and file-sharing policies will subject individuals to appropriate disciplinary action, including, but not limited to mandatory training, loss of campus data network privileges, referral to the Office of Student Affairs for additional action through the student disciplinary process, or referral to the Office of Human Resources when the violation involves employees.

For the full disciplinary policy, please see

Utica University additionally takes its obligations pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) very seriously. If Utica University receives a notice concerning a possible infringement, the DMCA requires Utica University to take certain steps to ensure illegal file sharing or other copyright violations occurring on the Utica network have been stopped. If Utica University receives such a notice about copyright-infringing material your computer, your computer privileges will be temporarily suspended and you will be required to remove the infringing material from your computer.

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