Johnson & Wales University's ("JWU") policy regarding copyright infringement and JWU's designated agent for receipt of copyright infringement claims pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 USC § 512) is incorporated herein and follows below. JWU respects the intellectual property rights of others and requires those that visit our website located at www.jwu.edu (the "Site") and use our network to do the same. JWU may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, remove or disable access to material on its Site or its network that infringes upon the copyright rights of others. JWU also may, at its discretion, remove or disable links or references to an online location that contains infringing material or infringing activity. In the event that any visitors to our Site or users of our network repeatedly infringe on others' copyrights, we may in our sole discretion terminate those individuals' rights to use our Site or network. If you believe that your work has been used on our Site or network in any manner that constitutes copyright infringement, please notify JWU's copyright agent by written notice. The notice should include the following information:
JWU's copyright agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on our Site and our network is John Smithers, who can be reached at following: By mail: Johnson & Wales University, 8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI 02903 By email: firstname.lastname@example.org By telephone: 401-598-1509 By facsimile: 401-598-1588
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement. Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at www.copyright.gov/help/faq.
A list of sources for legal downloading and legal alternatives to downloading is available at http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent.