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Illegal File Sharing and Downloading

Violators risk student conduct action, monetary fines, and even jail time.

The following information has been compiled to let the student body know more about copyright, the law, and the risks that you take on when you knowingly or unknowingly violate the law. Please read this information and discuss it with your friends.

Current Sanctions for Violations

  • First Violation : Warning letter sent. Acknowledgement of notice required from student.
  • Second Violation : $100.00 fine; Acknowledgement of notice required from student; Disciplinary probation.
  • Third Violation : Up to $500.00 fine; Acknowledgement of notice required from student; Network account temporarily disabled; Deferred Suspension.
  • Fourth Violation : Suspension.

What's the issue?

The entertainment industry – Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Warner Brothers, HBO, NBC/Universal, video game/software companies, and others – scan Drexel's network. When they find their copyrighted material (songs, movies, television shows, games, etc.) being shared (seeded, uploaded) over the network, they contact Drexel. Under federal law, Drexel is obligated to respond. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) programs often allow media files to be shared out so other users can download them.

For additional information, please see the Drexel IT website.