Information Technology

Illegal File Sharing Information

Saint Xavier University respects the principle of protection for intellectual property and creativity as a vital element in the academic enterprise. The works of authors and publishers, performers and film makers, whether in printed or recorded form, are recognized as protected intellectual property under the Copyright Law of the United States (PL 94-553).

In August 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) was signed into law. Several of the Act's provisions are intended to reduce unauthorized duplication of copyrighted works through peer‐to‐peer (P2P) file sharing on campus networks. The University is providing you with this notice in compliance with that legislation.

Peer‐to‐Peer (P2P) file‐sharing applications, such as LimeWire, KaZaA, EasyMule, BitTorrent, etc., enable users to share music, movies and other digital files with computers all over the world. While P2P software has many legal uses, more often than not, it is used for unauthorized sharing and downloading of copyrighted materials. Using file‐sharing software that downloads or uploads substantial parts of copyrighted work (e.g. music, videos, software, games, etc.) without the permission of the copyright holder is a violation of SXU's Appropriate Use of Technology policy and constitutes an infringement. Civil and criminal penalties for anyone found liable for copyright infringement include the following:

For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Section 504, 505

The University periodically receives copyright infringement notices from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other copyright holders. The HEOA legislation requires institutions to proactively address infringing activity. Accordingly, all known P2P file sharing is blocked on the SXU network. The two best ways to ensure compliance with SXU policy and the law are:

For more information, please see the U.S. Copyright Office website, especially their FAQs page.