Copyright and File Sharing

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In 2008, the United States Congress passed and President Obama signed the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which provides funding for federal financial aid programs, as well as other higher education funding and requirement changes. Part of this Act included requirements for colleges to notify all students regarding the illegality of sharing files covered under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998.

Illegal Downloading

Downloading or distributing copyrighted material, including through peer-to-peer file sharing, without the permission of the copyright owner is against the law. Illegal downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials can result in you being prosecuted in criminal court and/or sued for damages in civil court. Criminal penalties for first-time offenders can be as high as five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. If sued in civil court, you may be responsible for monetary damages, attorneys’ fees and civil penalties up to $150,000 per work distributed.

Use of Century College Technology Resources

Use of Century College technology resources (including accessing the Century College network from your personal computer) for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials is prohibited.

By your use of Century College technology resources, you formally acknowledge that you have been informed of the rules regarding illegal file sharing and the consequences that can come from inappropriate use of computers and network resources belonging to Century College, located in White Bear Lake, MN.

If Century College receives information about potential illegal file sharing linked to your account, the Information Technology Services department shall notify you via your Century College e-mail account and ask you to sign and return a form acknowledging that you will no longer share files. Failure to return the signed form in the time allotted and/or repeated infractions by the same person will result in an employee or student code of conduct notification and associated penalties, including restrictions from using Century College technology resources.

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