Policies -Copyright Infringement Policy

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With the popular use of peer to peer network file sharing programs such as KaZaA, Morpheous, and Gnutella to name a few, users may knowingly or unknowingly be using the Pitzer network to illegally distribute copyrighted material in violation of the Copyright Act, Title 17 United States Code Section 106(3). To address this potential illegal activity, Pitzer has implemented a three step process which includes the following:

First Recorded Allegation

1. Network connection is immediately deactivated for violation of Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

2. Written notification indicating reasons for deactivation of network connection is sent to offending user.

3. Offending user must take the necessary steps to assure that they are no longer serving up any copyrighted material from their computer.

4. Signed warning notice by offending user must be made to the Office of Student Affairs indicating that the necessary steps have been taken to prevent further distribution of copyrighted material.

5. Upon notification from the Office of Student Affairs, Information Technology will reactivate network connection.

6. Warning notice is placed in offending users file.

Second Recorded Allegation

  • 1. Network connection is immediately deactivated for violation of Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • 2. Written notification indicating reasons for deactivation of network connection is sent to offending user.
  • 3. Offending user must take the necessary steps to assure that they are no longer serving up any copyrighted material from their computer.
  • 4. Written notification form offending user must be made to the Office of Student Affairs indicating that the necessary steps have been taken to prevent further distribution of copyrighted material.
  • 5. Upon notification from the Office of Student Affairs, Information Technology will reactivate network connection.
  • 6. Copy of notification letter is placed in offending users permanent file.

All Subsequent Allegations

  • 1. Network connection is immediately deactivated for violation of Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
  • 2. Matter will be sent to the Office of Student Affairs for Judicial Council action.