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 that if you are caught, the university, by law, must report you. 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 says that you cannot have any files on your computer that you have not legally acquired. More importantly, you cannot share a file with others without authorization for the file’s copyright owner
KPC has a firm 3 Strikes Policy:
- First time offenders will have their 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 all these things are completed, first time offenders will have internet access fully reactivated within 3 work days.
- Second time offenders will have their internet access shut off for the second time and they will be required to come to the main campus for a 3 hour face-to-face lecture course. The course is offered once per semester, meaning their internet could be shut off for a substantial amount of time.
- Third time offenders will have their internet access shut down indefinitely.
The RIAA, MPAA, and similar organizations are becoming more and 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.