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Copyright infringement IT and Library Services

Under English Law, unapproved downloading and sharing of Copyright Material is theft and as such is an Illegal Act under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The illegal downloading and swapping of copyright material such as Films, Television Shows, Music files and Software using the University network and systems is a breach of the Rules & Regulations for the Use of Information and Communications Technology.

This activity is usually carried out using software which remains active after the downloading is complete. Each time the machine is started, the software offers any material downloaded to others on the internet that may in turn may download it. Even though this software is on your private computer, as soon as it connects to University network you may be committing an offence.

By means of its connection to the UK private data network, JANET, the University works closely with the National Monitoring Authorities so that the use of the University network is always monitored on the Internet by those whose copyright material is being illegally shared and the perpetrators are traced back to their home networks. The University receives daily reports of such activity and those responsible are identified and their network access blocked. They are reported to their Faculties or Offices for disciplinary action. This could have a grave effect causing study or work obligations and deadlines to be missed.

Do not abuse your use of computers at the University and do not use University facilities to break the Law and bring its reputation into disrepute.

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2017