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H.R 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. These provisions include requirements that:
Consistent with our educational principles, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted materials at St. John’s College. We use a wide variety of methods to inform our community about the law and St. John’s College’s response to copyright infringement claims:
We currently employ bandwidth-shaping technology (Palo Alto) to prioritize network traffic. We limit the amount of bandwidth available to P2P applications but we do not filter such applications since much of the traffic is legal.
We are investigating setting alerts to be generated by the Palo Alto should users attempt access to illegal P2P file sharing. Such users would be reminded that P2P file sharing is illegal and against St. John’s College acceptable use policies. If we observe continued high bandwidth consumption we will contact such users to ensure that their bandwidth consumption is the result of legal purposes only.
The College will use the following criteria to address copyright infringement issues:
Legal Downloading Resources. Members of the St. John’s College community are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content. For further information, please read St. John’s College IT Appropriate Use Policy and HEOA Compliance.