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Copyright @ Fontbonne University: Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Questions about Copyright and Fair Use at Fontbonne? Here you can get an overview of the basics and find out where to go to learn more. Also covers public domain, the TEACH Act, peer-to-peer file sharing, and University policy information.

What is Peer-to-Peer File Sharing?

Peer-to-peer applications include programs used to share large files, such as music and movies. While these programs can be used for legitimate purposes that do not violate copyright laws, they can also be used to transmit copyrighted works without the consent of the copyright owner. This page explains Fontbonne University's policies.


Downloading, copying and sharing material (i.e., music, movies, games, and software applications) for which the copyright holder has not given you permission is against the law and in violation of Fontbonne University's Acceptable Use Policy for computing resources. (See document in column to the right.)

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, also referred to as H.R.4137, was signed into law on August 14, 2008. The HEOA primarily addresses obstacles that make it difficult for qualified students to obtain a college education, but is also includes specific statements requiring colleges and universities to comply with digital copyright laws.

Beginning in 2009, Fontbonne University has instituted the following:

  • Distribution of an annual announcement to all faculty, staff and students that the distribution of copyrighted materials without proper permissions is subject to both civil and criminal penalties
  • Implementation of a bandwidth shaping device to deter unlawful file sharing
  • Distribution of information on legal alternatives for file sharing

The University reserves the right to initiate penalties for violations as listed in its Acceptable Use Policy.

The Policy will be reviewed regularly by Fontbonne University's Vice President for Information Technology and updated as appropriate.

Fontbonne University's Acceptable Use Policy

Fontbonne's Technology Acceptable Use Policy is maintained by Information Technology and can be found in Section 2.4 in Volume II of the University Policy Manual.


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