January 2005 memo sent to all UCR students
January 7, 2005
To All University of California Riverside Students:
At UCR, access to the University's high-speed network is
a very important tool students may utilize during their time on campus. The
wealth of information, services, and support Internet access provides enriches
both UCR's instructional and research environments.
As you use the Internet, it is extremely important to understand
the personal risks involved with illegal file sharing. 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. The initiation of legal actions
by copyright holders is becoming more of a reality every day in California.
Although trading of copyrighted music, movies, games and
software over the Internet has become commonplace using file-sharing programs
such as KaZaa or Morpheus, 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 will be able to do to protect copyright infringers.
In compliance with the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright
Act (DMCA) and the University of California Guidelines for Compliance with
the Online Service Provider Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act, UCR expeditiously takes action when notified of potential DMCA violations
from sites located on the campus network. All of these incidents are referred
to various campus officials and appropriate actions are taken to stop unauthorized
downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials. In some cases, the university
may also take disciplinary actions and/or access to the campus network may
be terminated. The UC Guidelines for Compliance are available for online review
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