De Anza College students are prohibited from using the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s information network to illegally download or share music, video and all other copyrighted intellectual property.

Illegal Distribution of Copyrighted Materials

De Anza College supports the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act including efforts to eliminate the illegal distribution of copyrighted material. Under the law, college administrators may be obligated to provide copyright holders with information about users of the district network who have violated the law.

Unauthorized downloading, file sharing or other distribution of copyrighted materials (including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing), may constitute a violation of the law. These violations may lead to academic academic, criminal and civil penalties, including

  • Legal penalties for infringing on smaller-value copyrighted works under the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020
  • A civil lawsuit by the Recording Industry Association of America

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In addition to being illegal, file sharing can degrade the district network’s performance and ultimately cost the college money, while slowing computer connections for students and employees who are using the network for legitimate academic purposes.

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