Downloading and distributing copyrighted material, including through peer-to-per (P2P) file sharing, without the permission of the copyright owner is against the law. Illegal downloading or distribution of copyrighted material can result in you being prosecuted in criminal court and/or sued for the damages in the civil court. Criminal penalties for first time offenders can be as high as five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. If sued in civil court, you may be responsible for monetary damages, attorneys’ fees, and civil penalties up to $150,000 per work distributed. Use of Saint Paul College resources for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material is forbidden.
The College prohibits illegal copyright infringement through its “Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources” policy and in its student conduct code. Disciplinary action, including loss of use of the College information technology systems up to and including expulsion from the College could result from violations of this policy.