For the 2012-2013 academic year, the Computer Discipline Officer
worked with IT Policy and Communications to develop a campaign to
educate the UB community about file sharing and copyright law. The
effort was part of UB's
ongoing compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity
From: Tom Furlani, Chief Information Officer
Subject: Copyright: Higher Education Opportunity Act 4137 Notification
Dear UB Community,
The purpose of this communication is to remind our campus community about the importance of abiding by federal regulation when using copyrighted information. Sharing of copyrighted materials (including music, movies, and software) is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Using the UB network or illegal downloading or sharing of copyright protected materials is in direct violation of both the UB Information Technology Policy (http://itpolicies.buffalo.edu) and the DMCA.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137) requires the University to inform the UB community of the consequences of using UB's network for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material(s). Those who have violated copyright law are required to complete a comprehensive online copyright course. Subsequent violations may involve disciplinary action.
To protect yourself and our university from violating UB Information Technology policy and federal law, please only download material from legitimate media sites that have legal agreements to sell music, software and movies. A list of legal alternatives is available at http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent
For more information regarding copyright policy, please refer to the following sites:
UB IT Policies:http://itpolicies.buffalo.edu/dmca/
US Copyright Law: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/
US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA):http://www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf
Legal Alternatives: http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent
Thank you for your adherence to UB Information Technology policy and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Thomas R Furlani
Chief Information Officer
University at Buffalo