Copyright Infringement

The Charger Bulletin

From Vincent P Mangiacapra, Associate Vice President for Information Technology & CIO

I am writing to inform you that the University has been receiving copyright infringement notices on a regular basis from the Recording Industry Association of America.  I have included one of the emails which contains a link to that explains how to download music legally.  I urge you to take the time and read this information.  If we continue to receive notices from the RIAA, the University will have to shut down the service to these sites and block applications that are being used for illegal downloads.

I have included a portion of the email from the RIAA.

Distributing copyrighted works on a peer to peer system is a public activity visible by other users on that network, including the RIAA.  A 2005 U.S.

Supreme Court decision affirmed that uploading and downloading copyrighted works without the copyright owner’s permission is illegal.

You may be liable for the illegal activity occurring on your computer.

To avoid legal consequences, a college user should immediately delete and disable access to the unauthorized music on your computer.  Learn how at the “About Music Copyright Notices” section of  That section also contains practical information about:

– How illegal downloads are identified and why illegal downloading is not anonymous

– What next steps to take

– Where to get legal music online