STC P2P Copyright Violation Prevention Plan

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The STC Peer-to-Peer (File Sharing)Copyright Violation Prevention Plan was developed and implemented to meet the provisions of the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act.


Annual Disclosure to Students. At the beginning of each Fall Semester, the STC Information Technology Division will send an e-mail to all students enrolled in the Fall Semester that includes information about copyright law and STC policies related to violating copyright law. This e-mail will be sent to students’ Eagle mail account. All first-time students will be required to sign the STC Acceptable Use Procedure which includes violating copyright restrictions as an unacceptable use and lists the sanctions associated with unacceptable use. Students that live in STC housing and plan to bring their own computer on campus will be given the On-Campus Housing Computer Usage Information package when they move in.


Community Awareness. The STC Information Technology Division will maintain a Copyright Awareness page on the Student Info tab of Eagle Online that includes information on the following: Civil and criminal penalties for violation of federal copyright laws; STC procedures and sanctions associated with the violation of federal copyright laws; and A list of URLs of legal alternatives to illegal downloading. STC Students, Faculty, and Staff will have access to the Copyright Awareness page. The correspondence and documents listed in the Annual Disclosure to Students section will refer students to the Eagle Online Copyright Awareness tab. At the beginning of each Fall Semester, the STC Information Technology Division will send an e-mail to STC Faculty and Staff that includes information about copyright law and the Copyright Awareness page. The e-mail will refer them to the Copyright Awareness page for further information.


Copyright Violation Procedure. Upon receipt of a copyright infringement notice or upon detection of an alleged violation, the Information Technology Division will pursue identification of the infringing user. First time offenders will be disconnected from the network and sent a notification of infringement as well as a request to agree not to share copyrighted material on the network without proper permission.


Further infringements will be reported to the Dean of Students for further discipline.


Hardware Prevention Measures. The Information Technology Division shall maintain at least one hardware device that limits access to P2P software and P2P websites.


Plan Review. This plan will be reviewed annually by the Dean of Information Technology.