Copyright Infringement

The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials is prohibited. This may include but is not limited to Internet file-to-file transfer, student-to-student transfer, photocopies, or undisclosed use of copyrighted material in essays or other works created by a student. Students using copyrighted materials are required to identify the source of the material and its copyright in all school materials. Copyrighted materials can include music, pictures, books, magazines, and newspapers in all forms, including the date obtained from the Internet. In addition to any civil or criminal liabilities, any unauthorized reproduction or use of copyrighted materials is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from school. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for Actual Damages and Profits. A copyright owner is entitled to recover the actual damages suffered by him or her as a result of the infringement and any profits of the infringer that are attributable to the infringement. Statutory damages for copyright infringement range from $750 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.