Peer to Peer
Campus computer networks are often used to reproduce and
distribute copyrighted music, movies, television shows, pictures,
and software through the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. P2P
file sharing applications allow a computer to connect to a P2P
network, and once connected, make it possible to download and share
files with other users on the network. When Saint Leo University
receives a complaint from a copyright holder, the University
notifies the individual involved and passes along any information
received from the copyright holder to that individual. The
University does not supply any information to the copyright holder
about the individual involved unless a valid subpoena is
Peer-to-Peer Filing Sharing
P2P technologies have many legitimate uses. However,
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networking and file sharing is not allowed on
the Saint Leo University network or systems under any
First offenses will result in a notice from University
Technology Services to cease illegal activity. Failure to comply or
further incidents of infringement may result in further
disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension and
loss of network access for the infringing computer. Sanctions may
include suspension of network access (meaning loss of Saint Leo
email account and course web site access) and other formal
University disciplinary action.
Violation of Copyright
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.
Saint Leo University supports all Federal Copyright Laws.
Students using any campus resource, including the campus data
network are required to follow this law.
to Illegal File Sharing
Educasue maintains a comprehensive list of Legal Downloading
Resources. Members of the Saint Leo University community are
encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital
For additional reading on intellectual property issues, and
copyright in particular, see these online resources.
1. The American
on technology law;
Digital Millennium Copyright Act at EDUCAUSE;
4. Intellectual property
5. U.S. Copyright