Higher Education Opportunity Act Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Requirements
H.R 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. These provisions include requirements that:
- Institutions make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
- Institutions certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to “effectively combat” the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
- Institutions, “to the extent practicable,” offer alternatives to illegal file sharing.
- Institutions identify procedures for periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.
- This document outlines Pace University’s plan to comply with these requirements.
- In order to use university computing resources, all members of the Pace University Community agree to the provisions of the Appropriate Use Policy that includes a section on copyright compliance.
- Posters are mounted in student computer labs and elsewhere to discourage illegal file sharing.
- Every fall we send an email to all students regarding illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
- Computing support staff, including student Help Desk workers, are trained on the university’s position with respect to copyright issues. Student workers provide an important channel for communicating with the student community.
- Pace University policies and procedures concerning the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and our response to infringement claims are published on our web site.