Copyright, Fair Use and File Sharing

Among the stated objectives of Alvernia University is the preparation of its students for social responsibility and moral integrity. One area in which society has been challenging these values is that of file sharing on the Internet.

Recent developments regarding the issue of file sharing on the Internet, including lawsuits directed toward college students by the Recording Industry Association of America, are forcing university administrations to take a more active role.

This includes educating the university community on the legal issues involved, controlling the opportunities for copyright violation (including illegal file sharing), and responding to discipline individuals discovered to be in violation of the law.

To this end, Alvernia University has set up this Web site to publicize its policies and provide informational and educational links to other Web sites of value.

Alvernia University Policy

Copyright & Fair Use Policy

Copyright Infringement Disclosure

Annual Copyright Infringement Disclosure to Students
Syllabi Copyright Infringement Disclosure

Copyright Primers

U.S. Copyright Office
Copyright Crash Course (prepared by the University of Texas)

Other Links

Copyright Law for Student Press (prepared by the Student Press Law Center)
Fair Use Evaluator Tool (created by the American Library Association)

Copyright Complaints

Any alleged copyright infringements at Alvernia University can be reported to the university's designated agent.