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Sanctions


The sanctions for copyright infringement vary based on the specifics of the infringement and what entity imposes the sanction.

For example:

  1. Depending on the circumstances the University may impose disciplinary measures, up to and including termination from employment or student disenrollment.
  2. Depending on the circumstances the University may have to provide the copyright owner with your name if you are caught making unauthorized use of copyrighted material.

In addition according to US Copyright Law:

  1. Copyright infringement can result in court-ordered damages ranging from $250 to $150,000, plus attorney's fees, for each act of infringement.
  2. If the infringement is considered "criminal copyright infringement," it can result in fines and jail time.
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