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Responsibilities for Copyrighted Media

You are responsible for any violation that occurs using network devices registered to your NetID regardless of who downloaded it, or how it got there. This includes any downloading that:

  • Occurs on on any device registered by you on the Cornell network (computers, mobile phones, tablet, wireless routers, gaming consoles, etc.).  
  • Occurs on a wireless router that you have registered on the University network, whether or not the device using the wireless router was yours.  
  • Occurs while using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to the Cornell network.

Even if you have legally purchased a copyrighted work, it is still a violation of copyright law to distribute it to others without the content owner's permission. If you are making the works available for downloading (whether knowingly or not), you may receive a DMCA notice or be subject to other legal action based on the copyright holder's claims that you are allowing other people to download their material.


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