BHSU Copyright Compliance Plan


           Every year, the U.S. loses billions in revenue due to piracy. A vast amount of these loses are owed to students downloading music and movies for free from several websites that are at fault themselves.   Just think of the hundreds and thousands of jobs that could have been created by the money lost and how many raises could have been given.

            Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing is the primary way students are pirating music and movies.  With the newer generations becoming more and more technology savvy, this form of P2P file sharing has become an overwhelming problem.
            The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) is requiring that universities put together a plan to inform and/or educate their faculty, staff and students on the laws of copyright infringement and how to use P2P file sharing properly. Listed below, are our plans to assist in the effort against copyright infringement.


1.0 The plan to effectively combat copyright infringement


1.2.  What technology-based deterrent(s) have you decided to use?

We have a NetEnforcer (traffic shaper) in place, which is signature based.


1.3.  What mechanism(s) are you using to educate your community?

Resident hall training will be provided every semester addressing "safe internet practices" (i.e., avoiding viruses, illegal downloading, etc.)

Information on copyright infringement will be e-mailed to all students at the beginning of each school year.


1.4.  What procedures are you using for handling unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material (e.g., monitoring, sanctions, etc.)?

Our procedures for handling such cases can be found in the following locations:

For Students:   P2P Policy

1.5.  How are you periodically reviewing the plan? What criteria are you using to determine if it is effectively combating copyright infringement?


 We will review it every year and based on our evaluation and any DCMA or RIAA complaints, will adjust the plan accordingly.


2.0.  Offering Alternatives


2.1.  Have you made any special arrangements with one or more content providers to obtain content through legal methods?



3.0.  Informing Community


3.1.  Link to relevant web page(s)

Information Technology Appropriate Use Policy

P2P Policy


3.2.  Have you developed your own statement regarding copyright and copyright law in general or are you linking to such statement(s) maintained by others? If the latter, which statement(s)? 


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