Copyright Infringement – Policies and Sanctions

Intellectual Property

Each person in the university community (students, faculty, and staff) is responsible for recognizing and honoring the intellectual property rights of others. Failure to property attribute the work of others is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense, and may result in receiving a failing grade in a course, or even dismissal. Actual copying and/or distributing copyrighted works may result in severe criminal or civil penalties as described below.

Copyright Respect

Each person shall be responsible for adhering to copyright laws. Downloading, viewing, storing, distributing, or sharing of copyrighted material without permission is absolutely forbidden. Almost all music, films, and pictures are copyrighted; the fact that they are available on the Internet does not mean that you can use them. In addition to university sanctions (such as course failure or dismissal) persons who are convicted of copyright infringement are liable to severe criminal and civil penalties. Fines of thousands of dollars have been levied on college students who have illegally downloaded films and music. Note that no individual is permitted to operate a file server on Chaminade’s network without explicit permission. You may not operate a file server (including a peer-to-peer network connection) on Chaminade’s network.