UMKC respects and works to protect the Copyrights of others.

The UMKC Student Conduct Code prohibits the violation of copyright.  This includes the unauthorized copying of Copyrighted files when using file sharing networks.  Violations are subject to the UMKC Student Discipline Process and also subject to loss of University network access and computing privileges.

From the Department of Education, they also have provided this information related to Copyright:

Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

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. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ's at


We refer you to services which allow you to legally obtain copyrighted materials.  Educause maintains a list of legal content services.