Copyright Information

Auburn University at Montgomery Copyright Information

Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) is committed to upholding U.S. copyright law. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted material.  According to the law, “reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a reproduction for any purpose in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for a copyright infringement.

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject AUM community members to civil and criminal liabilities. Members should be aware, however, that not all uses of copyrighted materials are illegal. The U.S. Copyright Act allows for the copying and distribution of copyrighted materials when such use satisfies the requirements of “fair use.” More information about fair use can be found at the AUM Library site.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a provision establishing limitation of liability for infringement of copyright laws by users of computing resources at institutions of higher education. In compliance with the rules of this act, the University has designated an agent to receive statutory notices from copyright owners about infringements and to send statutory notices to affected subscribers.

AUM’s designated agent is:

Rickey Best
Collections Development Librarian
PO Box 244023
Montgomery, AL 36124-4023

The AUM Library and Information Technology Services reserve the right to refuse to accept a reproduction request if it is judged that fulfilment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

AUM Penalties for Copyright Infringement

Unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted material violates the AUM Appropriate Use Policy. This policy prohibits the unlawful downloading, uploading and/or distribution of copyrighted music, movies, images, and software on the network.

AUM’s responsibility under the law is to respond expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing. When AUM receives a DMCA notification, it is reviewed by the designated agent and forwarded to the affected subscriber who is associated with the notification.

Penalties for copyright infringement at AUM include but are not limited to temporary restriction of network privileges, permanent restriction of network privileges, and criminal prosecution (see also P2P File Sharing Policy).

Copyright Civil and Criminal Liabilities

If there is infringement, Section 504 of the U.S. Copyright Act gives the copyright holder the choice of recovering the following:

  • The copyright owner’s actual damages and any profits of the infringer;
  • Statutory damages, ranging from $750 to $30,000 for each copyrighted work that is infringed. If the copyright holder can prove that the infringement was committed “willfully,” a court has the discretion to increase statutory damages to $150,000 per copyrighted work.

Additional information regarding civil and criminal liabilities can be found in Section 504 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

Legal Sources of Online Content

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires all colleges and universities to offer legal alternatives to unauthorized downloading. The bullets below include legitimate online services that are approved by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA). No endorsement or evaluation is intended.

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