Do you want to use a digital image, song, or video, but aren't sure if it is copyright protected? Do you use peer-to-peer file sharing software to download or share music and videos? Have you received a notice telling you to remove copyrighted files because of alleged infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), but you don’t know what that means? These pages can help you get answers to these and similar questions about digital copyright, file sharing, DMCA notification procedures at Texas State, and what you should do to remain in compliance with copyright laws.
Texas State’s Appropriate Use and Software Copyright policies prohibit the use of the Texas State network for the unauthorized duplication, use, or distribution of copyrighted digital materials, regardless of the method employed (e.g., web pages, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, email, etc.). You must have fair use rights or authorization from the copyright holder for any material you use, make available, or share over the campus network. These and other university policies (see complete list below) demonstrate the University’s commitment to compliance with the requirements of various federal copyright laws and the associated legal responsibilities of the University in this regard.
Please read on to learn more about Texas State’s position on unauthorized file sharing, copyright infringement notification processes, protocols followed by the University in addressing and deterring copyright infringement, and legal options for obtaining music and videos via the Internet.
Visit the web sites of your favorite artists as many offer free downloads of their music. Note, however, that while it’s OK for you to distribute the site links, it’s generally not OK to distribute or make the music itself available to others through your own site.