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May 25th, 2012
DMCA, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in a nutshell protects the copyright of digital assets such as music and movies.
HLS fully supports compliance with the DMCA and will respond to all notifications of copyright infringement.
Using Harvard’s network to download or share copyrighted material (music, movies, TV shows etc) without the owner’s permission may result in legal sanctions, network termination or both.
BitTorrent, Limewire, Gnutella, and other file sharing (P2P) applications can transmit files with or without your permission.
If you have one of these types of programs on your computer you will be held responsible for any copyright violations you commit.
Once HLS is notified of a DMCA violation the person identified as the offender will be instructed to contact the HLS Help Desk so that they can determine if there is a violation. If there is they will work with you to clean up the necessary files.
They will also have you sign an acknowledgment of the violation and if it is the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd violation and the consequences.
Consequences range from warnings to termination of network use. They also escalate for repeat offenders.
It can be very difficult to do school work or your job without network access.