The Academy of Art University provides that all copyrighted materials "must be used in conformance with applicable copyright and other laws." Downloading or distributing copyrighted material, e.g. documents, books, programs, music, movies, videos, text, etc., without permission from the rightful owner violates the United States Copyright Act. Further, the copying of digital copyrighted materials, such as third-party software, without the express written permission of the owner of the proper license is illegal. Consequently, the Academy of Art Wi-Fi network is configured to block the use of Peer-to-Peer file sharing networks that are used to share copyrighted materials. These include and are not limited to music, software, movies and television programs that are in violation of the Federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other Federal Copyright laws. Students are prohibited from using these file-sharing networks on any Academy of Art University, provided network, including the Wi-Fi network.
Infringement of Copyright Laws
Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of copyrighted materials. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The penalties may depend upon the amount and the willfulness of the infringing activity and can range from civil liability, criminal liability, money damages, including reimbursement of attorneys' fees and costs. In a civil lawsuit, the penalty for copyright infringement can range from $1,000 to $30,000 per copyrighted work infringed. This penalty can be increased to $150,000 per infringed work in cases of particularly flagrant infringement. In the most serious and widespread cases of copyright infringement, criminal prosecution is possible.
Investigation of Infringement Complaints
Allegations of copyright infringement by Academy students, that violate the DCMA, will be investigated. The infringement will be reported to the Education Office for appropriate action. If the Academy determines that any users have violated any copyright laws, the offending user's access to online services may be terminated or the student may be dismissed. The Academy reserves the right to choose how to address or respond to any allegation of copyright infringement received.