Digital Copyright Restrictions

It is the policy of Carroll College to respect copyright law. Materials that are distributed digitally, either on media or via download, including, but not limited to, software, music, books, movies and/or images are subject to copyright. The College will not tolerate copyright infringement that occurs on the Carroll College network.

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties.

For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ’s at

Carroll College reserves the rights to block sites and applications that allow for file sharing or downloading that constitutes copyright infringement. Numerous websites exist that allow for legal downloads for software, music, books, movies and images. Contact Campus Computing and Information Technology at (406) 447-4357 for more information.