Copyright Policy

The University of Mount Union Library makes every effort to comply with copyright laws of the United States.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires us to inform students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the students to 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. 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.

In order to facilitate understanding of current copyright laws and interpretations, please review the information provided below: 

 Revised 10/13/17

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