Illegal sharing of files or software puts you at risk of fines, disciplinary action, and even imprisonment.
It is illegal to distribute commercial works electronically, specifically recordings or audiovisual works per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
A "commercial" work is one whose copyright owner or authorized representative intends to or already does sell, rent, perform, or exhibit under license.
- All UC networks are monitored.
Federal laws allow for fines up to $250,000 and imprisonment up to five years.
Over half of illegal downloads include malware.
Free and/or low cost safe alternatives to piracy do exist.
Sites with lists of links to where students can download digital works legally or at low cost:
Additional information regarding copyright, including UC policies and legal issues, may be found at: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/copyright/
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