My sister was just sent this and she was wondering how serious it is. She uses the ip blocker and changed her port on her kazaa lite.
This message is being sent to all Faculty, Staff, and Students by
_______________________, with approval of the Office of the Vice
To the Campus Community:
All of us have heard about the recent actions taken by the recording
picture industries to stop what they perceive as illegal copying of
movies through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs. These
other content providers take seriously their interests. Materials such
music and movies continue to be protected by copyright even when freely
available on the Web.
The law that applies to these issues is copyright law, and, in
Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The DMCA sets out procedures
owners can follow to put a stop to infringing activities. It allows
owners to formally notify an alleged infringer's internet service
(ISP) to take action against the alleged infringer or itself become
the alleged infringements. For faculty and staff and students using
provided digital and internet connections, the University is the ISP.
also permits the copyright owner to require the ISP to reveal the
identity of the alleged infringer, so that the copyright owner can sue
Over the past year, the ________________________, like most other
universities, has received DMCA notices alleging copyright infringement
University computing networks. The University does not tolerate or
copyright infringement over University networks. Many University
staff hold copyrights in their scholarly or professional work and
just as their rights need to be protected, so do others around the
deserve equal protection of their rights. Furthermore, large-scale
sharing can severely burden University servers and systems, making it
difficult and costly to meet the legitimate needs of University systems
Granting access to University computer connections for email and
carries with it certain conditions. Those conditions include that
faculty, and staff will not use them in ways that violate others'
interests. We ask that you abide by those conditions. Those who do not
face disciplinary action and permanent bans from access to University
systems. This could be devastating to students performing coursework
faculty and staff completing job assignments.
The University's computing policy regarding compliance with copyright
available at ________________________________________.
review it. In addition, the American Council on Education has issued
informative white paper on peer-to-peer file sharing, which we commend
reading. It is available at:
If you have questions or concerns about this issue, please reply to