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WGTC Policy and Procedures: Copyright

It is the policy of West Georgia Technical College that all students, faculty, and staff will adhere to and respect the provisions of copyright law, Title 17, U.S. Code. Faculty, staff and students are expected to follow the law in good faith and subscribe to the spirit of protection it gives to the rights of others.

Penalties

U.S. Department of Education's 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.

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Alternatives to Illegal Downloading

Uploading or downloading copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright owner is a violation of TCL policy and U. S. law.

Legal alternatives to unauthorized downloading link:

Legal Sources of Online Content

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