Copyright Infringement

1.0 Overview

This policy is intended to establish a procedure for responding to notifications of copyright infringement.

2.0 Purpose

Provide specific and consistent guidelines for responding to notifications of copyright infringement.

3.0 Scope

This policy impacts any individual who possesses and/or distributes (“shares”) copyrighted materials.

4.0 Policy

Clarkson University takes very seriously the rights of copyright holders.  As such, it is forbidden for an individual to use Clarkson University resources to intentionally distribute copyrighted materials without the copyright holder’s consent.  If it comes to the attention of an OIT staff member that a network device is being utilized to illegally distribute copyrighted materials, action will be taken.

5.0 Enforcement

If the owner of the device in question is a student, then the student will be required to visit the HelpDesk and speak with either the Director of Network Services or the CIO.  If the student does not appear within 24-hours, network access will be terminated in accordance with the Network Shutdown Policy.  For a first offense, the student will be required to read and sign a “Notification of Acceptable Use Violation Form” and will be fined $100.  In the case of a second offense, the student will be referred to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action, which may include termination of network privileges for the duration of the semester.

If the owner of the device in question is a faculty or staff member, then a verbal warning will be given (either by the Director of Network Services or the CIO, as appropriate).  In the case of a second offense, a meeting will be held with the faculty or staff member and their immediate supervisor.  Any offenses beyond this will be handled with the assistance of human resources.

6.0 Definitions

Network Device – any device attaching to the network (ie. PC, game console, server, etc.)

Outside Agency – a copyright holder (ie. MPAA, RIAA, BSA, etc.)

7.0 Revision History

Draft Policy – 31 March 2005 – jfiske

Draft Policy – 11 February 2009 – jfiske

Approved Policy v1.0 – 4 November 2013 – jfiske