This article serves as UST’s annual notice to students regarding peer-to-peer file sharing policies and procedures as required by the recently updated Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. These provisions include requirements that:
UST maintains a process for acting on all Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaints that are received. Illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject students to criminal and civil penalties.
For a list of legal alternatives for obtaining music, videos, and other digital content see the following link, which is maintained by EduCAUSE: www.educause.edu/legalcontent.
For more detailed information on UST’s copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing policies and procedures, and a FAQ, see www.stthomas.edu/copyright.