Illegal Downloading of Music and Movies
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), university administrators are obligated to provide copyright holders with information about users of the university network who have violated the law. This means the university must, by law, report anyone who is caught. Since illegal file sharing also drains bandwidth, costing schools money and slowing computer connections for students trying to use the network for legitimate academic purposes, it is beneficial for the university to address this problem.
Kenai Peninsula College abides strictly by Federal illegal file sharing laws. Federal law (Title 17, United States Code, Sections 501 & 506) provides severe civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized reproduction, distribution, rental, or digital transmission of copyrighted sound recordings. The law states that only files that have been legally acquired can be on a user’s computer. More importantly, users cannot share a file with others without authorization from the file’s copyright owner.
KPC has a firm Three Strikes Policy:
- First time offenders will have internet access shut off. First time offenders will also be required to come to the main campus and take a short computer course and pass an online proctored quiz with a 90% or higher score. Once these conditions are met, first time offenders will have internet access fully reactivated within three workdays.
- Second time offenders will have internet access shut off for the second time and will be required to come to the main campus for a three hour face-to-face lecture course. The course is offered once per semester, meaning the user’s internet access could be shut off for a substantial amount of time.
- Third time offenders will have internet access shut down indefinitely.
The RIAA, MPAA, and similar organizations are becoming more aggressive in finding and prosecuting alleged offenders in criminal court. Penalties for first time offenders can result in fines up to $250,000 plus five years in jail. There may also be civil damages up to $150,000 per illegally downloaded or shared song or movie. These penalties would be in addition to the sanctions listed above.