U-M encourages all students, faculty, and staff to engage in safe and legally compliant sharing of copyrighted materials.
Key things to consider when sharing copyrighted materials:
- Downloading or sharing copyrighted material (such as music and videos) can be illegal if done without the permission of the copyright owner, whether one profits from it or not.
- Individuals are responsible for any digital copyright violations associated with their computer and network access if they give others permission to use them.
- If someone infringes on copyright, even unwittingly, they can be subject to civil damages, and even criminal fines and jail time.
To help the U-M community safely and legally share copyrighted materials, the Copyright Compliance page on Safe Computing provides guidance and links to resources at the university and elsewhere.