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Copyright & File Sharing

Faculty, staff, and students must comply with federal copyright and trademark laws, such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. No one may use SJSoN information resources and other information technology tools for unauthorized file sharing, posting of copyrighted materials as one’s own, or other copyright violations. Copyright infringement can result in civil and criminal penalties*. 

*in general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be order to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150, 00 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details see Title 17, United States Code, Section 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines up to $250,000 per offense.