West Texas A&M University

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Copyright Information

  • West Texas A&M University is committed to protecting copyrighted material.
  • The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing may subject you to civil and/or criminal penalties.
  • The Division of Information Technology at WTAMU has developed plans to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material through the use of technology-based deterrents.
  • For more information on copyright laws and how they may affect you, please visit http://www.copyright.gov.

 Technologies in Use

  • Copysense network appliance that automatically detects peer-to-peer traffic on the network and effectively identifies the source of the network connection.
  • Packet shaping devices that reside between university networks and commodity Internet connections, including wireless networks. 
  • NetScout traffic analysis appliance that provides always-on intelligent network packet inspection, high-speed traffic capture for storage, back-in-time forensic analysis, as well as real-time monitoring, reporting, and alerting.


  • The first violation involving copyrighted material will include 15 minutes of blocked Internet access.
  • The second violation involving copyrighted material will include 60 minutes of blocked Internet access.
  • The third violation involving copyrighted material will include 120 minutes of blocked Internet access.
  • A fourth violation would include a complete loss of all network access and notification to student judicial affairs.  Network access would continue to be disabled until clearance has been granted by student affairs and the university's information security officer.



 Copyright file sharing art
University SAP Related to P2P Legal Sources for Downloading Rules for Responsible IT Usage
Texas Governor Executive Order Digital Millennium Copyright Act TAMU Release on P2P
Respect Copyrights Website Copyright FAQ'S Code of Student Life