Copyright/Technology Compliance Policy

 Abuse and Enforcement of Policy

1. Any abuse of this policy should be immediately reported to the Vice President for Physical Facilities and Information Technology.
2. Abuse of this policy may result in disciplinary action by Goodwin College, local law enforcement, and/or federal law enforcement.
3. If there is a violation of this policy, the Director of Information Technology is authorized to take actions to implement and enforce the network usage policy and provide system integrity and security.
4. The Director of Information Technology is authorized to suspend any user’s access rights if the administrator has reason to believe that said user has violated the network usage policy. 

Goodwin College (“The College”) Complies with the Heoa by the Following:

Annual Disclosure. At the beginning of each Fall term, the following statement (“P2P Policy”) will be incorporated into the Student Handbook for all students and sent to all students in a stand-alone email.        

Institutional policies and sanctions related to the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material: The College takes copyright infringement seriously. All students must abide by federal and state copyright laws when using the College computing or network resources. The unauthorized publishing or use of copyrighted material on the College computer network is strictly prohibited and users are personally liable for the consequences of such unauthorized use. This specifically applies to Peer-to-Peer or P2P filesharing of copyrighted music and movies. Students should be aware that by engaging in unauthorized sharing of copyrighted material, they not only violate College policy, but they may also be held criminally and civilly liable by federal and/or state authorities.

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.