Unauthorized or unlicensed copying of copyrighted materials (books, periodicals, audio or video programs, or software of any type) is prohibited by federal and international law. Persons conducting such copying or using improperly acquired materials are subject to disciplinary procedures. Questions about the use of copyrighted materials should be directed to the C. Louis Shields Learning Resources Center librarian or media staff.
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.