Campus Technology


Holloway Hall

Plan to deter Peer-to-Peer File Sharing of Copyrighted Material

In response to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Salisbury University (SU) has developed the following plan to deter illegal file sharing.


Technology-based deterrents

Salisbury University utilizes bandwidth shaping technology to deter illegal file sharing. Specifically, SU uses two Blue Coat’s model “Packet Shaper 10000” devices, to severely limit bandwidth available to peer to peer application. In the residence halls we use a Network Access Controller (NAC) drop connections of all recognized peer to peer applications.

        Semi-annual disclosure and Education Program

SU utilizes a three pronged approach to educating students in this area.

1.      The university has developed a web site which explains the university’s position on illegal file sharing and the unauthorized use of all copyrighted material. This web site also notes legal alternatives and explains the possible penalties.

2.      SU will produce an educational video which address the issue. The video will be played over the campus cable television channels several days per year. This will be ready for use in September 2010.

3.      SU will distribute an email during the first week of each semester to all students noting the campus policy and directing them to the related web site. SU will also post posters regarding illegal downloading at key locations on campus at the start of each semester.

Reviewing Effectiveness

        The effectiveness of the SU plan to combat illegal file sharing will be measured by the number if Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) or Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) infringement notifications received each year.

        SU asks students to complete an annual technology survey. Two questions will be added to focus on the extent students are engaged in illegal file sharing and which legal music/video services they use. Comparative statistics will be analyzed annually to guide future efforts to combat illegal filing sharing.

Alternative Online Sources for Copyrighted materials

Music services

  • Pandora

  • Apple iTunes

  • Rhapsody

  • eMusic


Video Services

  • Atomfilms
  • CinemaNow
  • MovieFlix
  • Movielink
  • Netflix


Statement regarding civil and criminal liabilities

Violating copyright law is a serious offense. If you use a university computer, or even your own computer on campus, to download copyrighted materials you have violated the university computer acceptable use policy and the student code of conduct. These offenses will be referred to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Illegal downloading of copyrighted materials is punishable by the revoking of network use privileges and/or additional action by the University Judicial Board.

The RIAA or the MPAA SU may contact the university receive two different types of notices, a "take down" and "preservation". SU receives about 1-2 notices a year. A take down notice is a communication that asks the university to notify an individual to stop sharing copyrighted materials.

A preservation notice alerts the university to a forthcoming subpoena that may be served. The subpoena asks the university to provide identifying information about a user of our network who has infringed copyrighted materials. Sometimes, following the preservation notice and prior to the subpoena, an early settlement letter is sent to the university from the copyright holder asking that it be forwarded to the individual infringing on the copyright. This allows the individual to work with the copyright holder to resolve the dispute before going through the legal system. In some cases settlements have been as much as $3000. In some cases the RIAA or MPAA will take additional legal action against offenders and the fines can be considerably more.



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