Privacy and Terms
Our Commitment To Privacy
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.
Collection of Information
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:
- The IP address from which you access the web site;
- The type of browser and operating system you use to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit; and
- The addresses of pages from where you followed a link to our site.
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.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Copyright and File Sharing
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.
Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws
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 .
Core Values and Ethical Conduct Reporting
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.