Music and Movie Download Policy

Your responsibilities at Franklin & Marshall College with respect to copyright law:

COPYRIGHT LAW: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making  reproductions of copyrighted material regardless of the format of that material. Copyright law can be complicated and requires interpretation. The College has Copyright & Fair Use Policy to help F&M make well informed interpretations in keeping with the requirements of the law.

PEER-TO-PEER PROGRAMS (P2P):  Franklin & Marshall invests significant resources to provide a robust, redundant and secure network infrastructure.  We provide this access, and the associated computing resources, in full compliance with all local, state and federal laws that pertain to copyright, security and intellectual property (see the Acceptable Use Policy at Franklin & Marshall).  Because P2P utilization has historically been overwhelmingly illegal music and video file sharing, since 2007 F&M has not permitted P2P traffic on its network.  If you feel you have a legitimate need to use P2P file sharing programs in order to complete your academic responsibilities or successfully do your job at the College, contact the Associate Vice President for ITS and CIO.

When F&M receives a notice of copyright infringement claims (for example from a movie or cable network), we make a best effort to identify the individual whose network and internet activity prompted the claim and refer that claim to the individual.  These claims and the identified parties are also referred to College disciplinary channels for review.

THE DIGITAL MILLENIUM COPYRIGHT ACT (DMCA): The DMCA specifies procedures that Franklin & Marshall must follow when notified an individual using our network is violating copyright laws. If the copyright holder contacts Franklin & Marshall's DMCA Agent  about a violation we will notify him/her of the notice we have received, and require removal of the offending material from his/her computer and acknowledgement of compliance. The individual has the right to claim that the material is not protected by copyright and personally challenge the copyright claim. To date, every notice we have received has resulted in the offending material being removed.


Policy Maintained by: Information Technology Services, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Last Reviewed: 9 August 2018