Illegal File Sharing on Morgan's Network


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Morgan State University monitors its network to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of student and employee data. In addition, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (as amended in 2010) requires institutions to combat "...unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution's network."

Copyright infringement entails reproducing or distributing a copyrighted work (i.e., music, movies, software, etc.) without authority. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement and is illegal. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the distribution of copyrighted materials is punishable by law (including hefty fines and jail time).

Not only is downloading copyrighted work illegal, but it compromises your personal computer and the Morgan network by exposing it to viruses that are disguised as popular music or movie files. Morgan students, staff, and faculty members will face sanctions if it is determined that they have been illegally downloading copyrighted materials. Sanctions for such violations will result in a suspension of network privileges or even fines. To avoid suspension of network privileges and penalties, please abide by the Morgan State University Information Security Policy and the Computer Use Policy.

All file-sharing is not illegal. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recommends the following sites for legal downloading and uploading of copyrighted work:

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