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Sanctions for copyright infringement

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material using Siena College's information technology resources — including sharing copyrighted music, movies, and software through peer-to-peer applications like LimeWire, BitTorrent, etc. using Internet access provided by Siena College — is against the law and college policy. Unlawful file sharing may subject you to legal penalties, which can include any or all of the following:

  • Having to pay money to the copyright holder in a lawsuit — between $750 and $30,000 for each file, and up to $150,000 for each file if the infringement was willful
  • Having to pay the copyright holder's costs and attorney fees to bring the lawsuit
  • Criminal fines of up to $250,000, and up to 10 years' jail time — even if someone sharing files doesn't sell or charge for them
  • Seizure and destruction of infringing files
Additionally the college may impose sanctions, including loss of network access and disciplinary action. This site outlines further information about these sanction or to learn how to avoid copyright infringement claims from music, movie, and software copyright holders.