Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Students, Know Your Copyright Responsibilities

Dear Students,

Please be aware that owners of copyrighted materials such as movies, music and software are increasingly aggressive about finding and prosecuting people who illegally download such materials.  Macalester ITS respects your privacy, and we do not monitor the content of your electronic data.  However, when we receive legal notice of copyright violations, we are obliged to comply with the law.  If we receive such a notice and we find that your account contains material in violation of copyright laws, you will lose network access privileges until the offending material is removed.  Since
Fall semester has just begun, you may not have taken the time to familiarize yourself with your responsibilities regarding copyright and potential violations.  Please do so now.  ITS is receiving an increasing number of official communications from copyright holders alleging violations.  

You should know who owns the files you are sharing, and understand the risks you run if you violate copyright.  We have posted brief information about copyright laws, relevant college and ITS policies, and resources for legally downloading music, movies and software, on these pages:

Sharing Music, Movies and Software: Your Responsibilities at Macalester College with Respect to Copyright Law 

Please call the Help Desk (651-696-6525) if you have questions.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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