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Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

How could I get caught if I violate Copyright Law or Dartmouth policy?

  • Dartmouth system administrators do not routinely police our network for illegal activity, but they must respond to formal legal complaints they receive. Also, if your computer begins to consume excessive network resources, Computing Services will investigate your network activities in order to keep the network operating smoothly.
  • Organizations like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) or BayTSP (representing movie and television studios among others) frequently police file-sharing programs for copyrighted material belonging to the artists/studios they represent.
  • Some students are under the impression that their activity on the Internet is largely anonymous or untraceable, but this is untrue. In fact, almost all your activity on the Internet is logged on many of the computer systems you use, and while these logs usually are not inspected, they certainly can be used to confirm or implicate you in illegal activity.

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Last Updated: 9/10/08