The U.S. Department of Justice and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) moved aggressively against colleges and universities, among others, to identify and punish those violating copyright laws. The RIAA served several hundred subpoenas during the summer of 2003 on colleges and universities, seeking the identities of computer users suspected of downloading and sharing music, movies, gaming software, or other copyrighted material from the Internet in violation of copyright laws. Institutions receiving subpoenas are being required to reveal the names of individuals who have engaged in these activities.
If you download and/or share music, movies, gaming software, or other copyrighted material from the Internet, you risk:
Aside from being detrimental to the artists and the industries, the illegal downloading and sharing of files hurts colleges and universities by:
Generally, you should assume that any music, movie, gaming software, or similar file that you obtain via the Internet is copyrighted. You will subject yourself to the risks mentioned above if you download and/or share those files, unless you have the permission of the copyright owner or are otherwise legally permitted to engage in such activity.
In the coming months, the University will release additional information on this topic. In the meantime, the following questions and answers are meant to provide guidance for you as you consider this matter.
Monmouth University reserves the right to investigate suspected inappropriate use of University resources, and may copy and examine files and information as it deems appropriate. Violators are subject to disciplinary action as prescribed in the student and employee handbooks. Additionally, they may have their account privileges revoked, and they may be pursued through the courts, both criminally and civilly.
Please direct any questions regarding this matter to John Christopher or Charlene Diana at the Office of the General Counsel or call 732-571-3598.