Rivier University discourages the illegal downloading of Copyrighted content.
Rivier University presents the following information courtesy of the Department
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal
authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner
under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code).
These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In
the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a
copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In
general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to
pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750
and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a
court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its
discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17,
United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties,
including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per
For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at
www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq
Resources for Legal Downloading
Educause maintains the following page of legal downloading alternatives: www.educause.edu/legalcontent