I. STANDARD STATEMENT

The unauthorized duplication and distribution of copyrighted software and multimedia files, including games and sound/or movie recordings, is a form of copyright infringement, and is subject to investigation and prosecution under Federal and State laws. Under H.R. 4137, known as the Higher Education Opportunity Act (2010), UTSA has the responsibility of effectively addressing any infringement, and making all members of the university community aware of the provisions of the law.

II. RATIONALE

This standard supports HOP Policy 8-12 Information Resources Use and Security Policy

III. SCOPE

This standard applies to all UTSA faculty, staff, and students.

IV. CONTACTS

informationsecurity@utsa.edu

V. PROCEDURES

  1. The illegal and unauthorized use and duplication of copyrighted electronic materials
    is prohibited.
  2. UTSA has the responsibility of effectively addressing any infringement, and making
    all members of the university community aware of the provisions of the law.
  3. Federal copyright law grants the copyright owner the exclusive right to reproduce,
    adapt, distribute and, in some cases, digitally transmit their media. Therefore,
    activities such as the following, if not expressly authorized by the owner of the
    copyright, may violate their rights under Federal laws:

    1. Creating or saving a copy of all or a portion of a copyrighted file to a computer
      hard drive, server or other device that can be connected to a Website or other
      online forum
    2. Converting a copyrighted multimedia file into a digital file format (such as an
      MP3 file) and serving it to a hard drive or server
    3. Transmitting a copy or otherwise permitting users to download copyrighted
      digital files from a Web site
    4. Digitally transmitting to user’s a particular copyrighted file chosen by or on
      behalf of the recipient.
  4. This policy applies to all individuals with access to any UTSA information resource
    and those who have the ability to access the Internet from the UTSA network.
  5. Those who are found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline.
    Students will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs; faculty and staff
    will be referred to their departmental chair and to the Office of Institutional
    Compliance.

VI. References for This Standard:

  1. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (2008) Section 488,(a),(1),(P)
  2.  Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

OIS 35 – Standard for Unauthorized File Sharing
Effective Date: September 23, 2010
Last Reviewed: August 14, 2020