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Digital Copyright Compliance
Do not share copyrighted files (such as music and videos) without authorization. It harms the artist who created the work, is illegal, and may carry financial and other penalties.
The University of Michigan encourages all students, faculty and staff to engage in safe and legally compliant sharing of copyrighted materials.
Over the past couple of years, copyright compliance enforcement agencies have been increasingly aggressive in pursuing infringers. If you are infringing, even unwittingly, you can be subject to civil damages of between $750 and $150,000 per infringement and even criminal fines of up to $250,000 and jail time.
In addition to violating federal law, you might also be violating university policies:
Click the links on the right side of this page to educate yourself about the appropriate use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technologies and how to avoid unlawful uses.
The University of Michigan Library's Copyright Office is the authoritative source for a comprehensive description of copyright law, U-M copyright policy, and resources related to academic and scholarly copyright issues.
Last modified: September 10 2014.