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Music Download Notice

Downloading and/or Sharing Movies and Music from the Internet

(email message sent 8/31/2012 by Jonathan Enos, F&M CIO)
(links updated 5/7/2013)

Dear Franklin & Marshall Students, Faculty and Professional Staff,

One of my responsibilities is to act as the agent designated to receive and act on copyright violations under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  I would like to take this opportunity to remind each of you of your obligations while using the Franklin & Marshall data network as outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy.  To quote the acceptable use policy with regard to sharing music and/or movie files, " ...under no circumstances shall these [network] resources be used to distribute copyrighted material whether it is images, music, software, movies, or any other digital content."  In the past I have received Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Infringement Notifications that detail specific violations of music, software or movies being shared over the Internet by persons in the F&M community.  If you read no further than this, remember:  Sharing music and/or video files on the Internet from your computer is not a wise thing to do.  Not only is it usually illegal (violating copyright laws), but our network monitoring tools make it very easy to identify exactly who is on the network from what address at what time. This is critical information when we are asked by the rightful owners of the copyrighted material to stop the sharing of their files.  In other words, it is highly likely you will be caught and have to face the consequences of disciplinary action. Continued abuse will result in the suspension of your computing privileges at the College.

The College respects network users privacy and does not routinely search user files (see ITS Code of Conduct).  However, the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires the College to identify copyright violators when subpoenaed. Instead of getting yourself in this position, I would encourage you to use ways to obtain music legally from the Internet.  Information on how to do so can be found on this link.

The links at the end of each section below lead to our existing policy statement and/or further information.  I would also be happy to discuss any aspect of these issues if you have any questions.  Best wishes to all with the new semester!

Jonathan Enos, Ed.D.
Associate Provost and Chief Information Officer
Franklin & Marshall College  Lancaster, PA 17604 - 3003   717.291.3982