Downloading or distributing copyrighted material, e.g., documents, music, movies, videos, text, etc., without permission from the rightful owner violates the United States Copyright Act and several MacMurray College policies.

Those who obtain or distribute copyrighted material should be aware that if found liable for copyright infringement, the penalties can be severe depending upon the amount and the willfulness of the infringing activity. In the most serious and widespread cases of copyright infringement, criminal prosecution is possible.

Students, faculty, and staff who may be in violation of copyright law place not only themselves at risk, but they also may be exposing MacMurray College to liability as an institution for contributory or vicarious infringement, e.g., using the campus network resources to obtain the material and/or to store the material on College computers and/or servers.

Violations of this policy are treated in the same way as other disciplinary infractions. Actions can result in disciplinary probation, expulsion, or, in extreme cases, legal action. MacMurray College disciplinary actions may be taken in addition to or regardless of the results of legal action.

This policy is subject to change at any time. Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page.

This policy was last modified on July 17, 2013.