ResNet: DMCA Policy

“Distributing copyrighted materials without the consent of the owner is against federal law. Students found offering such services are subject to termination of ResNet services.”

The Law

Though file sharing through various methods has become commonplace their use is a violation of Federal Law. You may be familiar with Peer-to-Peer sharing programs, DC++, FTP servers, IRC/DCC transfers, or Instant Messenger file transfers but their use for sharing copyrighted materials is illegal.

Facts you should know

  • Penalties for violating the DMCA (the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) can be severe. In June 2009, a federal jury found a defendent liable in the nation’s only Recording Industry Association of America file-sharing case to go to trial, costing $1.92 million for 24 songs shared using Kazaa.
  • Visit and watch the video for more information on filesharing.
  • Many legal filesharing services exist, including those listed on the Filesharing Information Page.

UCSB and the DMCA

To Protect itself and its students UCSB has adopted the following DMCA violation policy:

  • First Violation: students involved in a DMCA violation (the DMCA pertains to ANY copyrighted material, from music and movies, to software and books) immediately suffer a 30-day disconnection from ResNet.
    • Appeal leads to serious legal procedures (in the past four years, no one at UCSB has ever filed 'counter-notice', the procedure with which people can appeal with a fair-use claim.)
  • Second Violation: Internet access terminated for duration of stay in the Residence Halls; case referred to the Campus Judicial Officer, and eligibility for University Housing jeopardized.

What can I do as a ResNet Student?