Copyright InfringementUW-Madison supports the rights of intellectual property owners as defined by law. This includes all forms of intellectual property regardless of how it is obtained or shared.
Illegal downloading and sharing using “peer-to-peer” file sharing software has been a chronic problem all over the world. Copyright owners of music, movies and other works are increasingly vigilant in protecting their property rights.
The UW-Madison policy on Responsible Use of Information Technology specifically prohibits illegal downloading, distribution, copying of materials or other activities that violate intellectual property laws, including copyright.
When notified of alleged copyright infringement, the university investigates, provides information, and takes corrective action as required by law.
Below are links to some resources to assist in understanding UW-Madison policies and procedures on copyright infringement, peer-to-peer file sharing, and copyright law.