What is the FDU Network Copyright Enforcement Policy?
Fairleigh Dickinson University vigorously enforces United States copyright law. When utilizing the FDU Local Area Network or FDU provided Internet Access, you are required to adhere to all existing US copyright laws. To view the full statement of law, please visit: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf. Failure to comply with this document can result in FDU disciplinary action as well as civil and criminal penalties.
How can I ensure that I am in compliance with the FDU Network Copyright Enforcement Policy?
Given the complexity of this law and the common misunderstanding of what is deemed "fair use", we will provide a few pointers on how to stay safe from copyright infractions. For example, avoid downloading or uploading any content (including audio, video, written word, multimedia, etc) that you do not know with 100% certainty is either in the public domain or that the copyright holder has provided consent to download or distribute. When you have any uncertainty, please avoid the possible infraction.
Also, avoid installing or using any peer to peer file sharing clients. This should include the common file sharing applications implemented with the Gnutella and BitTorrent networks. Although we recognize that some legal fair use file transfers occur on these networks, they are a tiny fraction of the overall traffic. Additionally, many of these applications can seek out any stored content on your computer and share it with other members of the network. Many users find themselves being put at great risk of litigation simply because of misconfiguration or misunderstanding of how these programs operate. As such, we require that you avoid using such networks entirely while on campus.
There are a myriad of legal services which will allow you to access music and video online. Streaming services, such as Pandora for music and Hulu for video, can offer instant free access as well as monthly subscription options to gain access to their full library of content. If you prefer to download files to your PC, online merchants include Amazon and iTunes. For additional choices, please view the following list of legal options. http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent
What happens if I am found in violation of the FDU Network Copyright Enforcement Policy?
Upon the first instance of a copyright violation, your network data jack will be temporarily disabled. We will explain to you exactly why this shutdown occurred and verbally discuss our Acceptable Use Policy to ensure that the issue does not recur. We will ask you to purge any offending material, such as an illegally downloaded piece of media and any peer to peer clients residing on your PC. You will then be required to sign and return a Port Reactivation Form (available here: http://isweb.fdu.edu/pdf/AffirmativeStatement.pdf). Once this process is completed, your network data jack will be re-enabled.
Should a second offense occur, you will be charged with a Theft Violation as per the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. After having a hearing with the Campus Standards Committee or a judicial officer you will be sanctioned based on the severity of your violation. Sanctions can include campus standards probation, educational interventions, fines, community restitution, and suspension. To obtain a complete understanding of the Hearing Process and sanctions, it is highly recommended that you consult Chapter 9, sections 10 through 12, of your Student Handbook.