Copyright Annual Notification and Violation Prevention

Copyright Annual Notification to Students

Each year, Maryville is required by the U.S. Department of Education to inform you about our policies regarding responsible use of Maryville’s technology resources, and in particular, the risks of acquiring and sharing copyrighted materials without the appropriate permissions.

“Copyrighted materials” is the U.S. Department of Education’s official term for music, video, and other media files.

We are required to tell you that:

  1. Unauthorized acquisition and distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized file sharing and attempts to modify University systems to permit such activities, are considered a violation of University’s IT Policy. If it has been determined that you have acquired or distributed copyrighted music, video or other media files, or tampered with or modified University systems to do so or attempt to do so, you will be subject to University disciplinary procedures and sanctions. In addition, such unauthorized acquisition and distribution of copyrighted materials may subject you to civil and criminal liabilities; and that
  2. Possible University sanctions include, but are not limited to: loss of access to University technology services, including network and Internet access; conduct probation; community service; restitution; limitations on University activities and access; administrative hold; postponement of activity participation and conferring of honors and degrees; University housing sanctions; suspension; or expulsion from the University. Students who work within the Information Technology division may be terminated from their positions; and that
  3. The U.S. Department of Education has advised colleges and universities that 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.

We encourage you to review the  IT Policy and the University Technology and Network Violations Policy.

If you are seeking to access and download media files, there are legal alternatives for doing so. A list of resources may be found on the Educause website, at

Copyright Violation Prevention Plan

Maryville University performs the following regular activities to help guard against and prevent the illegal downloading of copyrighted materials:

  • Maryville uses bandwidth shaping on an ongoing basis.
  • Maryville monitors traffic to identify largest bandwidth users. A search, monitoring and reporting tool is also utilized for logging network traffic.


Maryville monitors the network and utilizes software designed to detect, identify and prevent the illegal downloading or sharing of copyrighted materials in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.