H.R 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. This Act includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing including:
Regis College uses a variety of methods to educate and inform our community about the law including:
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.
We currently block P2P traffic on the Regis network. Please be reminded that P2P file sharing is illegal and against the Regis College Technology Ethics Agreement. Please visit the Library pages on Copyright Policy to learn about using copyrighted materials appropriately.
Educause maintains a comprehensive list of Legal Downloading Resources. You are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content.
Since Regis College began blocking P2P traffic we have not received any copyright infringement or takedown notices. We will continue to review our procedures and monitor receipt of infringement notices.