THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY WEB SITE includes a variety of materials created by different members of the IU community. Although these works may be freely accessible on the World Wide Web and may not include any statement about copyright, the U.S. Copyright Act nevertheless provides that such works are protected by copyright. Users must assume that works are protected by copyright until they learn otherwise.

Indiana University would like users to make productive use of materials found on this web page, particularly if the uses are for nonprofit educational purposes. The university is currently seeking means to clarify the rights of use of many materials accessible on its Web pages. Unless rights of use are clearly stated with respect to an individual item, users must seek permission from the copyright owner for all uses that are not allowed by fair use or other provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act. If you need assistance with identifying or locating the copyright owner of a work, please contact the owner of the page from which you linked to this statement. If you believe there has been an infringement of your copyright, you can make a complaint to IU's Chief Privacy Officer and Compliance Coordinator.

Sanctions for Copyright Infringement

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material using Indiana University's information technology resources—including sharing copyrighted music, movies, and software through peer-to-peer applications like LimeWire, BitTorrent, etc. using Internet access provided by IU—is against the law and university policy. Unlawful file sharing may subject you to legal penalties, which can include any or all of the following:

  • Having to pay money to the copyright holder in a lawsuit—between $750 and $30,000 for each file, and up to $150,000 for each file if the infringement was willful
  • Having to pay the copyright holder's costs and attorney fees to bring the lawsuit
  • Criminal fines of up to $250,000, and up to five years' jail time—even if someone sharing files doesn't sell or charge for them
  • Seizure and destruction of infringing files

Additionally the university may impose sanctions, including loss of network access and disciplinary action. Visit for further information about these sanctions or to learn how to avoid copyright infringement claims from music, movie, and software copyright holders.