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Copyright owners or their agents send violation notices directly to SU upon discovering illegal sharing of their material via the SU network. Upon receipt of a complaint, Information Technology and Services (ITS) will actively investigate the allegation(s) and enact its three-strike policy as described below:


SU does not offer an on-campus source for the legal download of music or videos. However, the RIAA provides a list of legal music sites at the following URL: 

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)


Will I be responsible for the DMCA copyright violation if someone else commits the violation using my assigned SU NetID?
Yes, if you allow another individual to use your assigned SU NetID. Each user must comply with the Institutional Appropriate Information Technology Resources Acceptable Use Policy.

How do I know what is legal and what is not when it comes to copying music?
Here is the bottom line: If you distribute copyrighted music without authorization from the copyright owner, you are breaking the law. Distribution can mean anything from "sharing" music files on the Internet to burning multiple copies of copyrighted music onto blank CD-Rs.

Is it illegal to upload music onto the Internet even if I don’t charge for it?
Yes, if the music is protected by copyright and you do not have the copyright holder’s permission. U.S. copyright law prohibits the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted creative work whether or not you charge money for it.

If all I do is download music files, am I still breaking the law?
Yes, if the person or network you are downloading from does not have the copyright holder’s permission. 

What if I upload or download music to or from a server that is based outside of the U.S.?
If you are in the United States, U.S. law applies to you regardless of where the server may be located.

What if I download or upload poor-quality recordings?
The law prohibits unauthorized copying and/or distribution of digital recordings that are recognizable copies of copyrighted work. The quality of the recordings does not matter.

If I bought the CD, is it okay to make copies of it?
It is illegal to copy a CD for use by someone other than the original purchaser. This means it is illegal to loan a friend a CD for them to copy, and it is illegal for you to make mixed CDs and distribute them to your friends as well.

How do I know if something is copyrighted?
When you buy music legally, there is usually a copyright mark somewhere on the product. Stolen music generally doesn’t bear a copyright mark or warning. Either way, the copyright law still applies. A copyrighted creative work does not have to be marked as such to be protected by law.