Computer Software (Unauthorized Copying)

Kenyon College does not condone the illegal duplication of software. The copyright law is clear. The copyright holder is given certain exclusive rights, including the right to make and distribute copies. Title 17 of the U.S. Code states that "it is illegal to make or distribute copies of copyrighted material without authorization" (Section 106). The only exception is the users' right to make a backup copy for archival purposes (Section 117).

The law protects the exclusive rights of the copyright holder and does not give users the right to copy software unless a backup copy is not provided by the manufacturer. Unauthorized duplication of software is a Federal crime. Penalties include fines of as much as $250,000, and jail terms of up to five years.

Even the users of unlawful copies suffer from their own illegal actions. They receive no documentation, no customer support and no information about product updates.

1. Kenyon licenses the use of computer software from a variety of outside companies. Kenyon does not own this software or its related documentation and, unless authorized by the software manufacturer, does not have the right to reproduce it.

2. With regard to use on local area networks or on multiple machines, Kenyon employees shall use the software only in accordance with the license agreement.

3. Kenyon employees learning of any misuse of software or related documentation within the college shall notify the Library and Information Services or the Information Resources Council.

4. According to the U.S. Copyright Law, illegal reproduction of software can be subject to civil damages and criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Kenyon employees who make, acquire or use unauthorized copies of computer software shall be disciplined as appropriate under the circumstances. Such discipline may include dismissal.