Copyright violations can put you at risk for hefty fines, suspension from the University, even criminal charges. You should assume that any piece of content you come across is copyright-protected unless you created it or you have received the author's explicit permission to distribute it. There are...
For more information about copyright and file-sharing, including legal alternatives to peer-to-peer software and terms you should know, download our Copyright & File-Sharing F.A.Q. (pdf, 80K) brochure.
How do I know a file is copyright protected?
With software, copyright is usually outlined...
This document outlines the steps that UMass Amherst IT will take when notified of alleged copyright violations on the campus network. These procedures satisfy the university's legal obligations under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Copyright holders or their designated agents...
The following list of resources has been compiled from the federal government, media organizations which protect copyright holders' interests, and several universities. These Web sites offer useful information regarding copyright violations, consequences, and the types of software that put you in...
Learn to stay on the safe side of copyright laws when producing film projects.
Note: This handout is an overview and not a substitute for legal advice. For help with a specific situation, consult an attorney.
If you want to play it safe – film it yourself or get permission
If you want to be sure...