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What is a Copyright:

A Copyright gives the developer of an original piece of work (intellectual or artistic), exclusive rights for a certain time period. Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of this material. Recreational downloading (piracy) of copyrighted materials is a violation of both federal law and College policy. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), has been cracking down on piracy in the US and in particular targeting university and college networks since this is where the highest amount of copyright infringements occur.

Sharing music, videos, or other copyrighted materials using Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications over the network exposes you and anyone you share files with to legal action.

What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Software:

P2P software that allows users to download and distribute music files from computer to computer across networks using P2P protocols whether or not the user has paid for these files. When users have not paid for these files, they break Federal and International copyright laws. Piracy is not the only down side of using P2P software. P2P software also allows any Internet users to access your computer and to hack into your private data. The result is exposure of your computer to significant security risks from viruses, worms and hackers that could lead to possible loss of data, identity theft and other potential liabilities.

College Actions

If a notice is sent from the RIAA to LosRios, the student’s computer is immediately blocked from using our network until he or she complies with directions from the office of the Dean of Student Development. Keep in mind, the network at ARC belongs to the District and is provided for college use. Failure to comply with ARC network computer use policies may result in disciplinary actions.

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