Unlawful Downloads

NEO Students,

Technology Services would like to inform you of an important notice regarding the Program Participation Agreement of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

In accordance to the agreement, institutions of higher education must implement plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, notify students of the penalties for violation of Federal copyright laws, and attempt to offer legal alternatives to the illegal downloading or distribution of intellectual property.

Under those requirements and those of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, technology-based solutions, such as traffic monitoring and peer-to-peer traffic blocking, have been put in place to discourage the illegal downloading or distribution of intellectual property on the NEO network.

When NEO receives a copyright complaint, the reported network connection is terminated.  Connectivity is not restored until the student reports to Technology Services.  At that time, Technology Services will explain the reason for the connection termination, including the title of the infringing work and the protocol used to obtain it.

Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine (under Title 17, Chapter 5, Sections 501-509, of the United States Code). Civil penalties for copyright infringement include a minimum of $750 for each work.

The University of Richmond Intellectual Property Institute shares a thought provoking documentary What Do You Think?.  It gives perspectives from the student body and industry.  You are encouraged to preview the film.

As an alternative to illegal downloading and distributing of copyrighted material, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America each have Web pages describing legal (and, in some cases, free) sources for music, movies, and television shows. These pages are:



Don’t let your illegal downloading and file sharing activities effect your life like Derek did.  Check out his story. If you have any questions, please contact the

Technology Services Helpdesk   

at 918.540.6253


Thank you.