The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that St. Louis Community College take action to address the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including music, video, and programs.
If you use technology resources provided by the college to perform unauthorized distribution or sharing of such materials, you will not only be in violation of college policy and the student responsibilities, you will be subject to criminal and/or civil prosecution for violation of copyright and other federal and state laws.
The college does monitor its system to protect against such activity, and outside organizations are able to trace activity involving copyrighted materials. If a violation is detected by either the college or an outside organization, your access to college technological resources will be immediately disabled. You will then need to communicate with the appropriate administrator before your privileges will be reinstated. You will also be subject to additional disciplinary action by the college, and the information will be turned over to the appropriate parties for possible criminal and/or civil prosecution.
A person found in violation of the copyright laws can face criminal penalties up to a maximum of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine and/or civil penalties up to $150,000 per work infringed plus court costs and attorney's fees.
A list of legal download sites and services is located at http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent
Additional information is available on our library pages.