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Copyright Protection Policy

It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to respect the copyright protections given to authors, owners, and publishers under Federal law including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It is against policy for any student, faculty, or staff member to copy, reproduce, or distribute any software, music, games, or movies on University computing equipment except as expressly permitted by a software license or with the written consent of the copyright holder or as otherwise permitted under Federal law. Willful infringement may subject a student or employee to University discipline and can impact the privilege to use information technology resources at the University. Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner's exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney's fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce his or her rights.

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