This page outlines Millsaps College's plan to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), 2008. HEOA includes provisions designed to reduce illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing on college campuses. These provisions include requirements that institutions:
Consistent with our educational principles, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted materials at Millsaps. We will use a variety of methods to inform our community about the law and Millsaps' response to copyright infringement claims:
Use one or more technology-based deterrents
Millsaps currently employs bandwidth shaping to limit P2P traffic and can employ other limits as needed. Students and employees found to be using excessive bandwith are contacted to insure bandwidth consumption is for legal purposes and that the user is aware of the College's policies concerning illegal file sharing.
The College investigates all Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices from copyright holders.
Offering Alternatives to Illegal File Sharing
The Millsaps web site provides links to sites that provide numerous options for obtaining music, videos, and other digital content in a legal manner. Members of the Millsaps community are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content.
Beginning in 2012-13 and periodically thereafter we will examine how well the college community is informed about illegal file sharing and other copyright regulations; the extent to which community members are taking advantage of legal alternatives to file sharing; the impact of our technical efforts to combat illegal file sharing; and other aspects of our plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.