Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

(HEA Title IV, Section 485(a)(1)(P) & Section 487(a)(29))


Quick Take: The new law requires institutions to make disclosures to students about institutional policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement.  In addition, an institution must certify it has developed plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material (including the use of technology-based deterrents) and will, to the extent practicable, offer alternatives to illegal downloading. 
When Will This
Take Effect?
This provision went into effect when the bill was signed into law on August 14, 2008.  It is subject to negotiated rulemaking, so specific regulatory guidance may be provided in the future.  In the meantime, institutions must make a Agood faith@ effort to comply with the law.
Who on Campus May Need to Be Involved?  President; chief information officer; legal counsel
Additional Resources Statuatory Language

HEA101 Web Keyword for More Information: PeertoPeer