University of Vermont

Information Technology

How could I get caught if I violate Copyright Law or UVM policy?


  • UVM system administrators do not routinely police our network for illegal activity, but they must respond to formal legal complaints they receive. Also, if your computer begins to consume excessive network resources, Computing and Information Technology will investigate your network activities in order to keep the network operating smoothly.

  • Organizations like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) frequently police file-sharing programs for copyrighted material belonging to the artists they represent.

  • Some people are under the impression that their activity on the Internet is largely anonymous or untraceable, but this is untrue. In fact, almost all your activity on the Internet is logged on many of the computer systems you use, and while these logs usually are not inspected, they certainly can be used to confirm or implicate you in illegal activity.

  • Copyright holders file subpoenas to learn the identity of people illegally sharing or copying protected material.  The University is obligated to comply with legally valid subpoenas, and cannot shield students and others from exposure.  

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