Peer-to-peer Networking Standards
Our mission in the Computer Services Department at Eastern Arizona College is to provide our faculty, staff and students with a safe and powerful computing environment. We encourage all of our users to make full use of the Internet and to exercise individual rights and academic freedoms. At the same time, we cannot permit our computer resources to be used for illegal purposes. It is our intention to strictly enforce College policy and we will obey and comply with all government laws and regulations.
Using EAC's computer network to illegally download or share copyrighted materials including, but not limited to, music, movies, software and games is strictly prohibited for the following reasons:
It is illegal. Both the U.S. Copyright Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, prohibit the distribution or sharing of copyrighted works without the copyright owner's permission.
It is dangerous. The peer-to-peer (P2P) software that is used for file sharing may bypass your computer operating system’s security and open your entire computer, along with your personal information, to anyone on the Internet. Programs such as uTorrent, Azureus, Kazaa, BearShare, Limewire, eMule and others may affect your computer's performance and can cause system crashes or loss of your data.
It degrades our network performance. Because it is the nature of these programs to share your files with as many computers as possible, the resulting volume of network traffic can slow down or disable our entire network.
Finally, it is just wrong. Artists, writers, musicians, and other creators of intellectual property rely upon copyright to protect their works. Without copyright, there would be no way to protect their income and no incentive to make their works available to us through books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs, etc. When you violate copyright by downloading and sharing these works, you are depriving the artist of real income, and clearly that is wrong.
We’re sure you are aware that the music and motion picture industries are taking these offenses very seriously. Hundreds of students who shared files containing copyrighted materials have been the targets of expensive lawsuits for copyright infringement. You may not be aware that as providers of your Internet service, Eastern Arizona College is required to divulge your name and address to the authorities if a complaint is received about your illegal file-sharing activities. We want to be clear that EAC will obey all laws and will honor all legitimate warrants, subpoenas, and court orders.
Eastern Arizona College puts a lot of effort into building and maintaining its computer network. These resources exist to support a wide variety of instructional, educational, and administrative activities. As an EAC student, you are also a member of this community and you must follow the official policies that govern computer and network usage. The EAC Acceptable Use Policy (section 2260.02) clearly prohibits the use of the College’s computer resources to violate copyright law. This activity is also a violation of the EAC Network Access Standards.
As you can see, we consider the use of EAC's computer resources to violate the law a serious matter. We exercise substantial effort to discourage this activity. Some of the actions that we continue to take include:
implementing filters to block the illegal sharing of files across or from our network,
using network tools to detect this activity and to identify violators, and
installing aggressive antispyware and antivirus systems to improve network efficiency and to provide a safe computing environment.
In addition, we have a comprehensive plan to enforce a policy of zero tolerance for violators. If you are illegally downloading or sharing copyrighted material across EAC’s network or with others via EAC’s Internet connection, we urge you to immediately remove these materials and file-sharing software from your computer.
If your computer is detected engaging in illegal file sharing or if an allegation of copyright infringement on your part is received by the College, your connection to the EAC network will be immediately terminated. Before your connection can be restored, you will be required to read and sign an agreement stating that you have removed the offending files and software from your computer, and that you will no longer engage in the illegal downloading and sharing of copyrighted material.
Repeat offenders may be permanently removed from the network and referred to the Student Life Office for disciplinary action including the possibility of expulsion if flagrant illegal activities are identified. If appropriate, violators may also be reported to the police or other government officials.