Downloading and sharing copyrighted materials (video, music, books, etc.) without permission from the copyright owner is against the law. United States copyright laws provide, among other things, that the owner of a copyrighted work has the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work and distribute copies of such work to others. Therefore, any person other than the copyright owner who copies, uploads, downloads, swaps or engages in similar activities with respect to a copyrighted work without the express written permission of the copyright owner is committing a federal crime.
The college is obligated to respond to complaints of illegal activities or inappropriate use of the campus network. The consequences of copyright violation are serious and the Information Technology Services department has created policies and procedures to ensure that Davidson College remains in compliance.
Questions regarding this policy should be directed to Human Resources at 704-894-2213.