Saint Joseph's College's policy is to comply with provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It is illegal, as described in the DMCA, to download, upload, or distribute copyrighted material in any form without permission to do so from the copyright holder. Sharing (uploading or downloading) digital copyrighted material, including copyrighted music, movies, and games is not permitted by the College's Computer Use Policy.

Campus computer users are ultimately responsible for any misuse of their personal computers on the College's network, even if they are not aware that copyrighted works have been downloaded to their PC, and even if they did not personally install the filesharing software or initiate the file downlods.

The and use of popular file sharing programs like KaZaA, LimeWire/FrostWire, Morpheus, iMesh, BitTorrent, Vuze, uTorrent, Gnutella, etc. to illegally share copyright materials is not permitted. Instead, users are encouraged to find legal alternatives to downloading copyrighted works. Because of the wide-range of file-sharing programs, and the many types of computers in use on campus, Computer Center staff are not able to help with removing or blocking access to copyrighted material on personal computers that are not owned by Saint Joseph's College. Users can find instructions for removing most file sharing software on the Internet. For example, see For legal downloading options try the EduCause Website for Legal Downloads

While Saint Joseph's College does not monitor its network for copyright violations, complaints by copyright holders or their agents, provided they have followed the necessary DMCA protocols and have a valid complaint, are taken seriously and may result in loss of network access, fines, penalties, or legal action.For more information, visit the Respect Copyrights website

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