Harvard University is committed to maintaining the integrity and availability of the Harvard
network for the vital educational and research purposes for which it was designed and
prohibits the use of its network to violate the law, including the U.S. Copyright Act. The
unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file
sharing, violates the Copyright Act and may subject you to civil and criminal liabilities.
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 ten years and a fine of $250,000 for an
individual. For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at
www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ's at
Harvard complies fully with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). Users of the
Harvard network found to have engaged in repeated infringement of copyright are subject to
termination of their network access and may be reported to the appropriate Dean or Human
Resources officer for disciplinary action. For more information on Harvard's policy, process
and peer-to-peer file-sharing see http://www.dmca.harvard.edu/copyright_policy.php and
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