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Aims Community College Copyright Law Adherence

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008, Aims Community College has adopted this procedure to control the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material through peer-to-peer file sharing, as well as to control unauthorized downloading and distribution of copyrighted materials using Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing.

Aims will respond to notifications of copyright violations, as well as monitor P2P file sharing for possible infringement.

Procedures for handling unauthorized distribution:

Aims responds to notifications of copyright violations on its networks and addresses copyright violations with an escalating penalty procedure. It also recognizes that, depending on the situation, a single offense may be sufficient for immediate suspension or termination of network services and access privileges, as well as for names of violators to be referred to the appropriate authorities for criminal or civil prosecution.

First Notification

The first time notification is received that an end user on the Aims network is associated with the downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials, our automated response system will redirect the user's network browsing to a page informing that user of the detection. It will provide the user with a review of our policies and requires the click of an "I Will Comply" button before the user can return to using the internet connection.

Second Notification

The second time notification is received that an end user on the Aims network is associated with the downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials, our automated response system will redirect the user's network browsing to a page informing the user of the detection. It will provide the user with a review of our policies, a warning that the connection has been sanctioned for 15 minutes and requires the click of an "I Will Comply" button before the user can return to using the internet connection.

Third Notification

The third time notification is received that an end user on the Aims network is associated with the downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials, our automated response system will redirect the user's network browsing to a page informing the user of the detection. It will provide the user with a review of our policies, a warning that the connection has been sanctioned for 30 minutes and requires that the click of an "I Will Comply" button before the user can return to using the internet connection.

Fourth Notification

The fourth time notification is received that an end user on the Aims network is associated with the downloading or distribution of copyrighted materials, our automated response system will redirect the user's network browsing to a page informing the user of the detection. It will provide the user with a review of our policies and a warning that the connection has been sanctioned permanently. At this point, the user will no longer be able to access the internet until the sanction is removed by the Aims Network and Security Department.

Requesting Information

Students and prospective students may obtain a copy of the procedures Aims has in place regarding both distribution and illegal Peer-to-Peer file sharing by clicking the following links:

Penalties for Violating Copyright

In utilizing any of the exclusive rights provided to the copyright holder without permission, you may be violating or infringing on rights under the Copyright Act. If the copyright holder has registered the infringed work with the U.S. Copyright Office prior to the infringement, the copyright holder may be entitled to compensation for loss. Compensation may include damages, such as lost profits from the infringing activity, or statutory damages ranging from $250 to $150,000 for each infringing copy or higher if the court feels that the infringement was committed "willfully."

You may also be criminally liable if you willfully copy a work for profit or financial gain, or if the work has a value of more than $1,000. Penalties can include a one-year sentence to jail plus fines. If the value is more than $2,500, you may be sentenced to five years in jail plus fines. Criminal penalties generally apply to large-scale commercial piracy.