UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff received over 300 copyright violations last year.
Get the facts about the most common misconceptions about copyright violations, according to the campus Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) Help Desk.
Only students can get a copyright violation
UC San Diego received over 100 violations for staff and faculty members during the 2014-2015 school year. In fact, staff and faculty violations have been increasing over the past few years. Copyright agencies treat all university Internet connections the same, regardless of whether they come from a residence hall, an office, or the wireless network. Even UC San Diego VPN connections can be monitored by a copyright agency.
I don’t live in a residence hall, so I can’t get a copyright violation
Anyone who accesses the UC San Diego network, including the UCSD-PROTECTED wireless network, is at risk of being noticed by a copyright agency—even if they use their own device. For the first time since UC San Diego has received copyright violations, the majority of violations last year (around 60%) came from users who live outside the residence halls.
I closed my file-sharing program at home before I brought my computer to campus, so no one will ever know
Many file-sharing programs continue running in the background, even after you think you’ve closed them. If you bring your device while it is still running a file-sharing program, to UC San Diego and it automatically connects to the network, you could receive a copyright violation.
They’ll never notice I’m running a file-sharing program
Agencies aggressively target university Internet connections, including UC San Diego’s, to find devices running file-sharing programs. They frequently scan university networks to detect file sharing activity. One user was even detected by copyright agencies 15 seconds after connecting to the UC San Diego network.
Copyrighted content can be used in certain ways. US copyright law allows what is known as “fair use” of copyrighted materials for academic purposes. While there is no definitive answer about what constitutes fair use, the University of California Office of the President maintains a website with information about copyright issues, including guidelines on how to use copyrighted content fairly.
Information and resources about file sharing for UC San Diego are available at p2p.ucsd.edu, including:
- More information about file sharing and what it is