Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Information
Part 1: The plan to effectively combat
1-1. Link to relevant Web page(s)
Missouri Western State University Computing Policies
1-2. What technology-based deterrent(s) have you decided to
Presently, we are using a vigorous program of accepting and
responding to Recording Industry Artists Association (RIAA) and
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (MDCA) notices and we have the
capability to monitor the largest bandwidth users.
1-3. What mechanism(s) are you using to educate your
A web site has been created and a link to that site has been placed
on the Information Technology Services web page. Information about
file sharing with a reference to this website is sent to all new
students. A statement regarding illegal downloads is also included
in the Student Handbook. An e-mail message is sent at the beginning
of each semester that addresses the issue of copyright and file
sharing and reminds students to refer to our
File Sharing and
Computing Policies websites.
1-4. What procedures are you using for handling unauthorized
distribution of copyrighted material (e.g., monitoring, sanctions,
The Information Technology Services (ITS) department receives the
violation document from RIAA or DCMA. The student is notified by
e-mail of the violation. The student is required to remove all
illegal files and to deactivate the file sharing permission within
the respective peer-to-peer application. The student must respond in
writing that both requirements have been fulfilled. A second
violation results in the offender’s access to the campus network
being deactivated. The offender must contact the ITS department and
arrange to meet with an ITS staff member to discuss the reason for a
second violation and to educate the offender regarding their illegal
activities. The violation may be forwarded to the Computer Usage
Hearing Panel. A third violation results in the offender’s access
being deactivated and a hearing is scheduled with the Computer Usage
Hearing Panel to determine disciplinary measures. The violation may
be forwarded to the Dean of Students.
1-5. How are you periodically reviewing the plan? What
criteria are you using to determine if it is effectively combating
The plan is reviewed annually. The effectiveness of the plan is
measured by comparing the number of violations and number of repeat
violations to previous years.
Part 2: Offering Alternatives
2-1. Link to relevant Web page(s)
MWSU Legal Media Downloads
2-2. Are you carrying out your own survey of alternatives or
linking to one or more lists maintained by others? If the latter,
We are linking to the list provided by EDUCAUSE.
2-3. Have you made any special arrangements with one or more
content providers to obtain content through legal methods?
Missouri Western has no special arrangements with content providers to obtain
content through legal methods.
Part 3: Informing the Community
3-1. Link to relevant Web page(s)
Recording Industry Association of
MWSU Computing Policies
Top Three Ways to Ensure Compliance with the Law
Frequently Asked Questions
How You Can Be Identified as Sharing Files
Legal Sources for Online Music and Videos
VIDEO – Campus Downloading,
Protect Yourself, Do It Legally
3-2. Have you developed your own statement regarding copyright
and copyright law in general or are you linking to such statement(s)
maintained by others? If the latter, which statement(s)?
Missouri Western uses excerpts of the U.S Copyright Law and the State of
Missouri Law RSMO 1988 569.094-569.099.