The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed into law on October 28, 1998. It provides protection to the authors of "original works of authorship" inluding literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. It is illegal for copyrighted works to be reproduced, distributed, performed, or displayed or performed publicly. Peer to peer file sharing software illegally distributes this protected copyrighted material and is therefore not allowed on OSU's network.
Copyright infringement is the act of downloading, storing, using, copying, and/or sharing something created by someone else without the permission from the person or entity who created it. Violation of a copyright is against OSU policy and Federal/State law.
An example of copyright infringement would be a user who downloaded an audio CD without proper authorization.
How can I legally obtain copyrighted works?
Users can access legal copies of copyrighted works through several different vendors and websites. The following links go to non-OSU affiliated websites and provide a list of legitimate sources.
Users seeking additional information concerning copyright law are encouraged to visit the following non-OSU affiliated websites.