What are the penalties for downloading copyrighted material?

Northeastern users engaging in downloading and distributing copyrighted material may be subject to severe penalties, including but not limited to impoundment of computer equipment, substantial fines, and orders to cease activities. Students may also be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) for additional administrative discipline as stated in the Code of Student Conduct.

In addition the copyright holder and the Federal Government may seek civil or criminal restitution.  Justice.gov states that copyright infringement penalties range from $100,000 – $250,000 in fines for each violation and up to 10 years in prison.

Community members (students, faculty, and/or staff) engaging in illegal downloading or file sharing using Northeastern networks and/or systems are doing so at their direct, personal risk and are solely responsible for any and all potential consequences of their actions.