West Virginia Wesleyan College
Digital Copyright Compliance
Downloading, copying and sharing material, such as music, movies, games, and applications, for which the copyright holder has not given you rights is both against the law and West Virginia Wesleyan's Acceptable Use Policy for computing resources.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), also referred to as H.R. 4137, was signed into law on August 14, 2008. The HEOA primarily addresses obstacles that make it difficult for qualified students to obtain a college education, but it also includes specific statements requiring colleges and universities to comply with digital copyright laws.
This law requires us to take the following steps to deter illegal downloading:
- An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law.
- A plan to "effectively combat" copyright abuse on the campus network using a "variety of technology-based deterrents"
- Provide access to and offer alternatives to illegal downloading
West Virginia Wesleyan uses the following methods to inform the university community about the law and Wesleyan's response to copyright infringement claims:
- In order to use college computing resources, all members of the Wesleyan Community must agree to an Accetable Use Policy that includes a section on copyright compliance.
- All incoming students are required to participate in a "Technology Orienation" session where they recieve information regarding the use of technology on campus including copyright policy and procedures. These sessions have been in place since the fall of 2008.
- Beginning fall 2010 and every semester thereafter, Wesleyan's IT Services will send an email to all students regarding illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
- Computing support staff, including student employees, are made aware of legalities associated with peer to peer file sharing during annual orientation.
- Wesleyan's policies concerning the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and our response to infringement claims are published on the web site.
Technology Based Deterrents
We currently employ bandwidth-shaping technology to prioritize network traffic. We limit the amount of bandwidth available to P2P applications but we do not filter such applications since some of the traffic is legal.
Offer alternatives to illegal file sharing
Copyright Violation Notice
If the College receives an infringment notice from the The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) or the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) the individual(s) will be contacted and steps will be taken to address the issue. These steps could result in the loss of network access and/or disciplinary action according to the Student Handbook.