What will happen if I get caught?
Violation of the Copyright Law can have serious consequences:
- University Disciplinary Action: Copyright infringement can
subject a student to disciplinary action under the UVM Code,
since violation of law or
University policy is grounds for discipline. First offenses will result
in a notice from Computing
and Information Technology, copied to the Office of Judicial Affairs,
to cease illegal activity. Failure to comply, or further
incidents of infringement, will result in referral to Judicial Affairs
action. Sanctions may include suspension of network access (meaning
that you may not be able to send or receive email or go online),
official letter of sanction in your University disciplinary record, or,
very serious cases, suspension or expulsion. These outcomes might prove
harmful to your future job prospects or academic pursuits, since many
employers and graduate and professional schools require you to disclose
University disciplinary action. Employees are subject to
discipline that can result in job termination.
- If you can't readily be contacted after a complaint, or if
you do not respond, your network access will be suspended.
- Civil Liability: Persons found to have infringed may be
held liable for substantial damages and attorneys' fees. The law
entitles a plaintiff to seek statutory damages of $150,000 for each act
of willful infringement. In the cases filed by the RIAA against
students at Princeton, RPI, and Michigan Tech, the recording industry
sued for damages of $150,000 for each recording infringed.
- Criminal Liability: Copyright infringement also carries
criminal penalties under the federal No Electronic Theft Act. Depending
on the number and value of the products exchanged, penalties for a
first offense may be as high as three years in prison and a fine of
$250,000. UVM is not the police; however, UVM will cooperate with the
law enforcement agencies when required.
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