MP3's and other Copyrighted Files
To enable the fullest use of the campus network for the entire community and to comply with the copyright law for the protection of our community, Kalamazoo College expressly forbids copyrighted works for which you do not own the copyright on the college network. This includes, but is not restricted to, MP3, WMA and WAV (audio/music) files; and MPG, AVI, VCD and DIVX (movie) files which represent commercial works. Distribution (and possibly possession) of such files is illegal without first obtaining proper authorization from the copyright owner.
Before distributing copyrighted files via the campus network, an individual must present the Dean of Libraries and Information Services with documentation that expressly gives him or her the legal right to distribute the specific files.
Information Services routinely analyzes our computing resources to assure optimal performance. This includes monitoring traffic on the network. In order to comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we reserve the right to review a student's account when unusual activity warrants or if we receive a complaint.
Punishments on Campus for Illegal Use of Copyrighted Files
- First Offense: Student computer is removed from the network for at least one week. Network privileges will be restored pending confirmation of removal of file sharing software.
- Second Offense: Permanent removal of network privileges.