Did you know that copyright infringement is against the law and by downloading mu-sic or videos you may be in violation of this law? “Intellectual property” or more in particular “copyright” covers most artistic works including, but not limited to: music, films, videos, and software. Title 17 of the United States Code recognizes that among other exclusive rights of the copyright holder of audio and visual works are the sole rights to reproduce, display, or perform their work. Furthermore, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 sets forth higher penalties for copyright infringements performed via the Internet.
What you need to know when using the network and Internet at Mount Aloysius College -
As your Internet provider it is our obligation to inform you that illegal downloading of copyrighted material is not permitted. Network equipment is installed and in place in an effort to deter this type of downloading. While this technology is constantly changing, it is your responsibility to be sure that you are acting within the law.
The College network alerts the IT staff of users that use excessive bandwidth. This may be further investigated and your access may be terminated until a determination can be made as to the activity taking place. In most situations such as this, computers are infected with viruses or trying to act as a server for distribution of illegal downloading.
Peer-to-peer (P2P) programs such as LimeWire, BearShare, Bit Torrent, etc are file sharing programs that facilitate downloading of files. Be extremely cautious if you have any of these programs installed on your computer. These programs contribute to the spread of computer viruses and also may result in identity theft. That is to say that YOUR IDENTITY may be stolen by criminals using this software.
All campus computing falls under the guidelines of the Computer Use Policy. Be sure to read and follow it.
What are the consequences of downloading copyrighted files from the Internet?
Where can you find out more information about copyright and music downloading?
What legal sources are there for downloading files?
Please note that using a legal service such as those provided below DOES NOT PROTECT you from being prosecuted for illegal downloading or uploading with another program. Always review the terms and conditions of any site you use to download files.