University Advisory on Compliance with Copyright Law and DMCA
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") of 1998 endeavors to balance the interests of internet service providers and copyright owners when copyright infringement occurs in the digital environment. The DMCA protects internet service providers from liability for copyright infringement by their users, if the internet service provider meets certain statutory requirements.
Annual Copyright Disclosure: Key Takeaways
Do not use peer-to-peer file-sharing programs to share copyrighted works without permission.
If you share copyrighted material without permission, you may subject yourself to significant costs and possible criminal penalties.
If you are associated with repeat infringements, Harvard University may terminate your network access and refer you for disciplinary action
- Is it legal to download copyrighted materials on my computer?
- What is “fair use”, and how does it apply to copyright law?
- Is it legal to store copyrighted materials on my computer?
- I have been notified that my computer is sharing copyrighted materials, but I am not aware that I had them on my system or that I was sharing them with others. How can this be?