Peer to Peer Policy

Peer‐to‐Peer (P2P) file sharing of illegally downloaded copyrighted materials is prohibited on the computer network at Lynn University. This includes the illegal downloading of materials such as documents, software, sounds, pictures, music, games, videos, etc. Violators will experience a suspension of internet connection and the activity may be reported to appropriate authorities for disciplinary action or for criminal or civil prosecution.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) H.R. 4137 includes provision to reduce the illegal downloading and uploading of copyright works through peer‐to‐peer (P2P) file sharing. Although the HEOA makes reference only to students using Peer‐to‐Peer, this policy applies to all Lynn University network users. The University reserves the right to suspend or terminate network access to any campus user if the violation is deemed severe. Likewise, network access may be suspended if any use is impacting the operations of the network. Violations may be reported to appropriate authorities for criminal or civil prosecution. Lynn University is required by Federal Law to:

  • Make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
  • Certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to “effectively combat” the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material including "the use of one or more technology based deterrents".
  • Offer alternatives to illegal file sharing to the extent practical.
  • Identify procedures for periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

Annual Disclosure

Lynn uses a variety of methods to inform students about copyright Law:

  • Lynn computers and wireless access will require users to click okay to agreeing with our acceptable use policy which references copyright and digital media rights.
  • Each semester a reminder of these policies will be sent to students on copyright laws and campus policies related to violating this law.
  • This information is posted on the university’s website
  • This information will be referenced in post 2010 student handbook.

Plans to “Effectively Combat” the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material

Lynn uses technology‐based deterrent to combat unauthorized distribution of copyright material. The

technology will do the following:

  • Allow all legitimate traffic to flow through the network unimpeded
  • Automatically detect copyrighted works
  • Automatic notification of the campus judicial system and or end user when an infringing activity occurs
  • Graduated response levels, which may include but not limited to: user notification, filtering or blocking options which may include varying timeout durations
  • Enables unfettered communication of all legitimate traffic without violating privacy of the content

Alternatives to Illegal File Sharing

Today, many legal sources host copyrighted material and have a wide range of business models for

music and movies. Below is a list of some common legal peer‐to‐peer site:

  • iTunes Music and Movies Online
  • Pandora Music Online
  • Amazon MP3 Downloads
  • Netflix Movies Online

Reviewing Effectiveness

Twice per year, Lynn will survey its campus community to understand the reach of the anti‐piracy efforts and analyze the impact of our technical efforts.