Building Better Digital Citizens
If you are one of the more than 5,000 colleges or universities that receive Federal funding, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) applies to you. Passed by Congress on August 14, 2008, one of the policies of the Act requires colleges and universities to mitigate the use of P2P networks to illegally upload or download copyrighted materials across campus networks.
Just What Exactly Must Be Done?
All federally funded institutions of higher learning must:
- - Annually inform students that illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to institutional, civil and criminal penalties.
- - Certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed and implemented plans to "effectively combat" the use of their networks for illegal uploads and downloads of copyrighted material.
- - Encourage the use of legal alternatives.
- - Implement the use of technology-based deterrents that detect and prevent the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works over P2P networks.
Defining Effective, Measurable and Affordable Compliance
While many of the components of an effective plan are left up to the discretion of each institution, some things are certain. Your technology solution must reduce unauthorized P2P traffic on your network. It must include an education component that communicates the proper use of the Internet in respect to the rights of copyright and other intellectual property owners. Your institution's judicial procedures regarding unauthorized downloads of copyright material must also be communicated. Finally, you must provide a periodic review that includes measure criteria to document the effectiveness of your solution.
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