Technology Policies

Federal Law

The federal laws governing copyright protection include, but are not limited to, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the Teach Act of 2002 and all subsequent amendments. Updated information about such laws can be found at

University Policies

  • Copyrighted Materials Policy:
  • Use of Computing Resources Policy:
  • CSUN Student Code of Conduct: 
    Section (15) Misuse of computer facilities or resources, including:
    G. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
  • Housing Rules and Regulations
    Section: III The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has subpoenaed information about individuals believed to have engaged in unauthorized peer-to-peer file-sharing of copyrighted music and other works. Unauthorized downloading and uploading of copyrighted music, movies, and software constitute illegal copyright infringement. Students should be aware that the unauthorized sharing of peer-to-peer file copyrighted works, including music, pictures, movies, and software is a violation of campus computer use policy. It is also illegal and may carry significant monetary and/or criminal sanctions. It is the responsibility of students who are downloading or uploading documents to make certain that they are not copyrighted works, or that the student has the permission of the copyright holder. Please refer to the Residential Computing Resources policy for further explanation. 

Your computer's access to the University's internet resources will be reinstated with your agreement to take the following steps to avoid future violations:

  1. Allow a cleaning of your machine by University personnel to remove programs and files that facilitate illegal file-sharing.
  2. Be careful choosing to install or use any file-sharing software such as LimeWire or Bit Torrent which allow illegal file sharing. Once your machine has been cleaned, it will be your responsibility if these programs are used illegally.
  3. Obtain your copyrighted material online legally by using software like iTunes, Napster or Pandora which let you purchase copyrighted content and download it to your computer.

The legal consequences of future violations of these laws include:

  • Prosecution by Authorities in Federal Criminal Court
  • Sued by private companies and organizations in the Civil Court
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