October 2006 memo sent to all UCR students
October 27, 2006
To All University of California Riverside Students:
As classes once again begin and your use of the campus network and the Internet increases, it is extremely important to understand the personal risks involved with illegal file sharing. Many college-aged young people see unauthorized music downloading as harmless and don’t fully understand its consequences. Illegal downloading presents a serious issue and can be costly to the students. Students must be aware of these risks not only because of the possibility of campus disciplinary action, but also to protect against criminal prosecution and the initiation of civil litigation by copyright holders.
Although trading of copyrighted music, movies, games and software over the Internet has become commonplace using file-sharing programs such as Gnutella and i2Hub, it is not legal to do so. Most material is copyrighted and obtaining or offering such material in violation of the U.S. copyright law may be punishable with civil and criminal penalties, including prison time and monetary damages. When copyright holders resort to legal actions, there is little the University can do to protect copyright infringers.
Thank you for your attention to this very serious matter. If you have any questions about these issues or seek additional information, please visit UCR’s DMCA web site at http://dmca.ucr.edu/ or contact Larry McGrath, Director Computing Support Services for Computing and Communications at Larry.McGrath@ucr.edu.
Associate Vice Chancellor
Computing and Communications
University of California, Riverside