140-02 PEER-TO-PEER FILE SHARING—PROCEDURE
The use of Peer-to-Peer (“P2P”) file sharing applications may have significant legal implications concerning the violation of copyright laws. Additionally P2P file sharing applications can have a substantial negative impact on network resources thus affecting other technologies, district-wide. This procedure will provide guidance in the legal and appropriate use of P2P file sharing applications. Examples of some popular P2P file sharing applications are:
- Bit Torrent
Violations of this policy or any other College policy or regulation may be subject to revocation or limitation of computer and network privileges as well as other disciplinary actions or may be referred to appropriate external authorities for civil and criminal prosecution.2. PROCEDURE
Coconino Community College understands the academic purpose of file sharing and P2P applications and does not automatically ban their usage on the college network. This procedure outlines guidelines concerning the legal and appropriate use of peer-to-peer file sharing. This procedure does not override applicable international, federal, state, or local laws. Users accessing, storing, or sharing files on the college network are subject to the acceptable use of technology policy and all applicable laws. The College periodically reviews legal alternatives for downloading or otherwise acquiring copyrighted material and informs students of those legal alternatives.
Users of Coconino Community College technology resources are expected to abide by the following guidelines concerning use of peer-to-peer file sharing:
- User shall comply with all applicable local, state, and federal laws.
- User shall comply with all Coconino Community College policies, regulations, procedures, and rules.
- User shall not access, store or share any material on the college network that is copyrighted or owned by a third party in which legal permission for appropriate usage has not been received. Doing so violates the United States Copyright Act.
- Users who receive permission to use copyrighted material will need written authorization for appropriate usage. Documentation of permission may be requested by college personnel.
- Users shall not use peer-to-peer file sharing applications in a manner that would adversely affect network performance. Information Technology Services reserves the right to revoke network access to peer-to-peer file sharing applications that degrade the level of network available to the college.
- Users shall not install peer-to-peer file sharing applications on college equipment without written approval from the Chief Technology Officer.
- Users shall comply with the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.
- Users shall comply with the college copyright policy.
Failure to follow these guidelines may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination for employees (refer to Employee Discipline and Dismissal Procedure 450-01) or disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the College for students (refer to the Student Code of Conduct Procedure 503-01) and civil and criminal liabilities.
- References: United States Copyright Office – http://www.copyright.gov
- Revision history: 04/28/2010 (new)
- Legal review: none
- Sponsor: Information Technology Services
Adopted by College Council: 04/28/2010
COCONINO COMMUNITY COLLEGE