Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.
Information about your use of this web site is collected using server access logs and a tracking cookie. The collected information consists of the following:
We use the gathered information to help us make our site more useful to visitors and to better understand how and when our site is used.
By using this web site, you consent to the collection of this data in the manner and for the purpose described above.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is an equal educational and employment opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, family medical history, or genetic information. Further, we vigilantly prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, military service, or any other non-merit based factor.
We support the right of authors and creators to enjoy the benefits of their work, and as an institution we take copyright law and the legal distribution of copyrighted material very seriously.
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office, especially their FAQ's. For KCTCS policy regarding these issues, please see Policy 4.2.5 (PDF). For a list of sources for legal downloading, please see http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent .
KCTCS has a duty to adhere to high ethical standards and principles. All members of the KCTCS community are expected to report potential legal, procedural, and ethical violations. Find out more.