Yes, If you paid for the materials from a reputable source. Digital media, such as music, movies, games, books, and applications, can be purchased online from many different marketplaces such as iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Once purchased, you are permitted to keep a copy of the file for personal use. Streaming services, such as Netflix and HBOGo provide… Read more about Is it legal to download copyrighted materials on my computer?
When a computer on the Harvard Network is implicated in copyright infringement, the individual responsible for that computer is notified about the notice by the Harvard University IT Security department or the local DMCA liaison and asked to cease and desist immediately from downloading, copying or distributing copyrighted material in violation of the law. Repeat infringements may result in termination of network access and be brought to the attention of the appropriate dean. In appropriate circumstances, Harvard will terminate the network access of users who are found to… Read more about If my computer is found to have copyrighted material, what steps can Harvard take as a result?
Copyright owners can file civil suits to recover damages and costs. In many cases, statutory damages of up to $30,000, or up to $150,000 for willful infringement, may be awarded even if there is no proof of actual damages. In addition, in certain cases of willful infringement, the government can file criminal charges, which can result in substantial fines and imprisonment. Use of an academic network does not confer immunity from copyright law, nor can Harvard protect its students, faculty, or staff from criminal investigations or lawsuits relating to their personal actions.
Yes. The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires all colleges and universities to offer legal alternatives to unauthorized downloading. Harvard is pleased to endorse the set of alternatives that are provided by Educause, the higher education technology resource. More information about these alternatives and other related content may be found at http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.