- Information technology will utilize a packet inspection solution for bandwidth shaping & traffic monitoring.
- Information technology will be diligent in accepting and responding to DMCA notices. DMCA notices will be sent to a standalone email account where they will be actively monitored and categorized based on the source.
- Information technology will utilize web security appliances to block peer-to-peer websites that promote illegal file sharing.
The effectiveness of this compliance plan will be defined and reviewed by Liberty University Information Technology staff and other key stakeholders under the guidance of the Chief Technology Officer annually.
“Liberty University will evaluate the effectiveness of the plan to combat unauthorized use by ensuring at its annual meeting that: the complete policy remains available in a University publication published within the last twelve months; and that the annual proactive disclosure to enrolled students has occurred"
Consumer Information Disclosure Procedure
In addition to the information provided on the web, and beyond the annual minimum notice requirement, Liberty University will provide appropriate disclosure to enrolled students through the Financial Aid Consumer Information Disclosure Procedure. Links within this disclosure will provide exact electronic addresses as prescribed by federal regulation.
Failure to adhere is against the law and may result in the FBI as well as the RIAA investigating and/or prosecuting alleged violations. If served a lawfully issued subpoena, Liberty University will comply with the terms of that subpoena.
Remember that you are ultimately responsible for any uploading or downloading of files from your computer that infringe on copyrights.
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.
Also, review the “Computing Ethics” section from the Liberty Way
A summary of consequences that an end-user may face in the event of non-compliance may be found in the Acceptable Use Policy