Illegal Distribution of Copyrighted Materials

West Valley College students are prohibited from using the West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVMCCD) information network to illegally download or share music, video and all other copyrighted intellectual property. West Valley College supports the Higher Education Opportunity Act and Digital Millennium Copyright Act, including efforts to eliminate the illegal distribution of copyrighted material. Under the law, college administrators may be obligated to provide copyright holders with information about users of the WVMCCD information network who have violated the law.

Be aware that illegal forms of downloading and file sharing as well as the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials are violations of the law and may subject you to academic sanctions from the college through the college's student conduct and discipline policies (as published in the College Catalog) as well as criminal and civil penalties, including a lawsuit against you by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Learn more at ^. In addition to being illegal, file sharing drains the WVMCCD network's bandwidth, which slows computer connections for students and employees who are using the network for legitimate academic purposes and ultimately costs the college money. There are plenty of easy, affordable ways to get music online legally. To protect their intellectual property, companies have licensed hundreds of digital partners that offer a range of legal downloading options, including download and subscription services, legitimate peer-to-peer services, video-on-demand, podcasts and CD kiosks. For a list of sources that offer legal downloading sites, access ^.

last published: 3/21/18