This is an especially important stop. Please, pay close attention to avoid potentially serious legal complications.
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States, 17 U.S.C., to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works.
Copyright infringement means unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates the copyright owner’s exclusive rights, as provided by law. This includes distributing, reproducing, performing or displaying protected pieces of work. A person found guilty of copyright infringement stands to face a steep fine for damages and profits, as well as potential jail time, depending on the severity of the infraction. The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment.
Bottom Line: Anyone who makes unauthorized use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates the copyright owner’s exclusive rights (except for the limitations and exemptions described in the UNT policy) is committing copyright infringement and may be subject to civil and criminal penalties as well as disciplinary action by UNT.
Unsure? If you are unsure whether something is protected by a copyright, chances are it probably is. With the help of some simple principles, and a bit of responsible research, you will be able to save yourself from breaching copyright law. Err on the side of caution.
Know the policies, the law and fair use.
- Policy: Copyright compliance policy at UNT, Policy Manual #08.001, Copyright Compliance.
- UNT System Resource: Extensive information about general and UNT-specific policies about this subject are located at security.untsystem.edu.
- UNT Copyright Website: The UNT Copyright Resources website provides the UNT community with information about copyright law and resources to help people make good decisions when using copyrighted material. More copyright resources.
- External Resource: An excellent online resource for federal copyright law and advice on ‘fair use’ and educational copyright practices can be found at: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/, The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center. Make sure to check out the Charts and Tools area.
- Fair Use: The Center for Media and Social Impact maintains a page addressing questions with regard to Fair Use and Copyright law.
Legal Entertainment Sources
Trying to stay up-to-date on the availability of music and video resources online and otherwise is often a challenge. The list of websites and resources below is only a jumping-off point. Remember, Google (or insert your favorite search engine name here) is your friend. Looking for something? Search the World Wide Web; it is probably out there! Whatever you do, always stay on the legal side of finding your entertainment. The Recording Industry Association of America®, RIAA, and/or the Motion Picture Association of America, MPAA, may be watching. Seriously.
UNT takes a hard stance against the illegal sharing of copyright-protected material; for more information please read UNT's Approach to Addressing Copyright Infringement.
ResNet and the Residence Halls
The University of North Texas has partnered with Apogee in order to provide Residential Network, called ResNet, service. You can view Apogee’s end-user agreement at https://www.myresnet.com/pdf/eua.pdf. Additionally, EDUCAUSE, A nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, has created a page that provides resources for legal campus downloading.
Below are just some of the places you can go to stream music for free or subscription-based, and purchase music. Some of these services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, offer a student discount if you sign up with your UNT e-mail. Be sure to check if there's any student discounts on the platforms you choose to save money!
You can check out more resources from About.com, including Watch Free Music Videos From MTV .
Movie & T.V. Resources
Below are just some of the places you can visit to stream movies and television shows for free or subscription-based, or to rent them.
On Campus Sources
- A great source of free music, videos, and games on campus is the University of North Texas Libraries. Specifically, the Media Library and the Music Library. Also worth noting is the Media Library's Film Series. More sources for movies, both on-campus and for download can be found at the Libraries' Online Media page. You can read more about the UNT Libraries and their assets here.