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HEOA and Copyright

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 was signed into law by President George W. Bush in August 2008, proposed regulations were issued by the Department of Education in August 2009, and final regulations were issued in October 2009. Several sections of the HEOA deal with unauthorized file sharing on campus networks, imposing three general requirements on all U.S. colleges and universities:

  • An annual disclosure to students describing copyright law and campus policies related to violating copyright law.
  • A plan to "effectively combat" copyright abuse on the campus network using a "variety of technology-based deterrents."
  • Agreement to "offer alternatives to illegal downloading."

CSUDH is taking these steps to comply with HEOA:

  • A statement explicitly informing students that unauthorized distribution of copyright material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities is sent to all student e-mail accounts annually on September 1;
  • Copyright training is offered to students, faculty, and staff each semester; see Training.

To read about technology-based deterrents at CSUDH, see File Sharing.

To view alternatives to illegal downloading, see Legal Downloading - 57 Resources, provided by EDUCAUSE. [Note: The number "57" may have increased by the time you visit the site.]

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