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The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material (including but not limited to music, movies, and games), including peer-to-peer file sharing, is unethical and illegal and may subject a student to civil and criminal liabilities. As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), which enforces the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) at educational institutions, Syracuse University (SU) addresses and resolves issues of electronic copyright infringement by implementing preventative measures and policies to ensure compliance with federal laws.

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  • Strike 1: The offending computer is quarantined from the network. The user who has registered that computer is contacted via e-mail and directed to SU’s Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy regarding the sharing of electronic copyrighted material. The user is required to assert that they have read and understood the policy. Once this is done, the quarantine is lifted.
  • Strike 2: The offending computer is quarantined from the network. The user who has registered that computer is contacted via e-mail and required to make an appointment with the Director of Information Security for a counseling session. During this session, the user is instructed on SU’s Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy regarding the sharing of electronic copyrighted material. Once this is done, the quarantine is lifted.
  • Strike 3: The offending computer is quarantined from the network. The user who has registered that computer is referred to Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities, OSRR (if a student) or Human Resources (if faculty or staff) for disciplinary action which may include loss of all network privileges at SU.

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