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Illegal downloading & copyright 1

  1. 1. ILLEGAL DOWNLOADING & COPYRIGHT It is against federal law to download protected music and videos from the Internet without permission from the copyright holder. Illegal downloading is also a violation of HVCC’s Computer Use Policy and such infringements can result in loss of network privileges. Rule of thumb: if you aren’t paying for your downloads, you are probably in violation. We take this very seriously at Hudson Valley. What follows are true stories, and some tools to keep you in the clear.
  2. 2. April 2014 – HVCC student is detected by copyright holder to be illegally downloading a movie using the HVCC network. Student is REQUIRED to settle for $600 or face legal action. Student knew he had engaged in illegal activity and paid the $600. August 2014 – Two more HVCC students have engaged in illegal downloading. Settlement amounts vary between $250-$500. That’s a lot of books, or rent, or gas. You also may be slapped with a criminal record. Why do this when there are legal alternatives? The college is not liable for this activity. HVCC has a software program in place which will WARN network users that they are about to illegally download protected material. These network users ignored that warning. The college will not defend you in this legal action. Don’t be our next case. For more information visit the copyright subject guide or contact copyright officer Valerie Waldin in MRV 141, 518.629.7319.

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