The University of Illinois is committed to respecting U.S. copyright law. In accordance with campus policy, the University does not inspect the contents of digital media traversing the campus network. However the campus has articulated a rigorous program designed to discourage illegal peer-to-peer file sharing (such as movies and music), to respond to copyright infringement notices when these are sent to the campus, and to educate the campus community about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to copyright. This website documents the elements of this program as described by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).
The Department of Education has identified four acceptable "technology-based" deterrents. The University of Illinois uses two of these reduce the amount copyright infringement over Peer-To-Peer (P2P) networks.
The University of Illinois uses a variety of techniques to educate the campus community about copyright and their responsibilities to respect copyright. These education components are created and presented by a variety of units on campus, including, but not limited to, the Lbrary, the Dean of Students office, and campus information technology organizations. Some of the specific programs used by the University of Illinois to educate the campus community about copyright are:
The University of Illinois does not have any agreements with outside content providers to provide legal downloads to students. Copyright education web sites at the University of Illinois do provide information about legal download resources, including a link to EduCause's updated list of legal download sites.