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Compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Requirements

Introduction


H.R 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.  It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing.  These provisions include requirements that:

  • Institutions make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
  • Institutions certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to “effectively combat” the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
  • Institutions, “to the extent practicable,” offer alternatives to illegal file sharing.

This document outlines UTB/TSC's plan to comply with these requirements.

Annual Disclosure


Consistent with our educational principles, UTB/TSC views education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted materials. The letter informs our community about the law and UTB/TSC’s response to copyright infringement claims:

A Message from Office of Information Security

  • In order to use college computing resources, all members of the UTB/TSC community endorse an Acceptable Use Policy.

UTB/TSC Plans to “Effectively Combat” the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material


UTB/TSC currently blocks P2P applications. 

UTB/TSC monitors high bandwidth consumption on UTB/TSC networks. UTB/TSC will contact users of high bandwith to ensure that their bandwidth consumption is the result of legal purposes only.

Offering Alternatives to Illegal File Sharing


The UTB/TSC provides links to sites that provide numerous options for obtaining music, videos, and other digital content in a legal manner. Members of the UTB/TSC community are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content. The relevant page on the UTB/TSC web site is at:

Legal Online Sources For Copyrighted Materials


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