Purdue University respects the intellectual property rights of others seriously and expects students, faculty, and staff to do so as well. It is the responsibility of all members of the Purdue University community to make a good faith determination that their use of copyrighted materials complies with the United States Copyright Law and the Purdue University Copyright Policy.
Proper use of copyright materials also extends to electronic resources available on the internet. Anyone using Purdue computing and network resources consents to the University's IT Resource Acceptable Use Policy (VII.A.2). The policy outlines the responsible use of all Purdue computing and network resources. It states users are expected to abide by guidelines, including: "Respect the intellectual property rights of others. Making unauthorized copies of licensed software or copyrighted material is prohibited. Persons who violate the IT Acceptable Resource Policy, as well as other policies regarding the use of copyrighted materials, may be subject to revocation or limitation of their computer and network privileges, other disciplinary actions, or may be referred to appropriate external authorities.
Under federal law, a person found to have infringed upon a copyrighted work may be liable for actual damages and lost profits attributable to the infringement, and statutory damages from $200 up to $150,000. The copyright owner also has the right to permanently enjoin an infringer from further infringing activities, and the infringing copies and equipment used in the infringement can be impounded and destroyed. If a copyright owner hired an attorney to enforce his or her rights, the infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney's fees as well as court costs. Finally, criminal penalties may also be assessed against the infringer and could include jail time depending upon the nature of the violation.
Students are also responsible for observing the policies, rules, and regulations of Purdue University. Failure to show respect for duly established laws or University regulations will be handled by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in conformance with the various policies and regulations. University Regulations addresses the Use of Copyright Materials.