As required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Shepherd University
has put together these web pages to inform current and prospective students about copyright laws and the
unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, commonly referred to as illegal downloading or copyright
infringement, and frequently facilitated via peer-to-peer file sharing networks. This information is
permanently available at
and is available in printed form upon request.
Once per year, students will be given appropriate notice of this information via electronic mail
at their Shepherd University email addresses. In each of the following sections, there is an
easier-to-read summary followed by the exacting details. Please be sure you understand this
information fully, and contact us if you have specific questions.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Summary: How to contact I. T. Services if you think the DMCA was violated.
Civil and criminal penalties
Summary: You could owe as much as $150,000 for each song or music download,
and maybe end up in prison.
Summary: Buy your music and movies, or find artists who are cool with giving
away their art.
Shepherd's Copyright Policies
Summary: These are the rules we all follow to ensure ethical and legal
use of network resources.
Summary: We use network tools to ensure illegal downloading gets the lowest
priority, while legitimate academic purposes get high priority.
Summary: We check back each year to see if our plans are working. So far,
they have been.