National Cybersecurity Awareness Month -- Copyright

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month -- Copyright

Downloading and Copyright Infringement

We've heard all of the excuses – "Everyone is doing it so the authorities will never single me out for prosecution." "I didn't know I was doing anything wrong!" "I'm not hurting anyone." "My roommate said making a backup was okay." "There wouldn't be a place on the web to download it if it wasn't okay."

The bottom line is unless you own the copyright; you can't copy or share it without permission.  That includes music, videos, software or textbooks from the Web.  If you do it, it is stealing and it is just as illegal as shoplifting.   It is against the law and against the Appropriate Use of Information Technology Policy and the Copyright Regulation Policy .

It's just not the Auburn way.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men...

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all...

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.

- George Petrie (1945)
(excerpts from The Auburn Creed)

What's all the fuss about?

Auburn University is obligated to enforce the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – and it's the right thing to do.  To protect you and Auburn University, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is not accessible via our wireless network, AU_WiFi. File sharing web sites and applications, including those that share illegal audio and video files, are blocked to prevent copyright violations. Legal methods to download music on the Internet will continue to be accessible.

Auburn University has received complaints from the owners of copyrighted works being pirated by users in the on-campus residential community and AU is held accountable for the actions of these students. The University and the employees or students committing the violations could be held liable for damages.  When accessing download-able digital resources off-campus you'll have to let your conscience be your guide.  So, no excuses – don't download copyrighted material without permission!

​For more information like additional resources, what to do if you lose your phone, and safety tips for working in public wireless spots, go to Auburn University's Office of Information Technology's 2013 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month site.

Content release date: Friday, October 11, 2013