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This guide contains information (but not legal advice) about aspects of copyright most commonly encountered by the students, faculty, or staff of institutions of higher education.

Resources for Keeping It Legal

UC Merced Copyright Policies and Guidance

The University of California, Merced is committed to upholding U.S. copyright law. The information on the page linked to here summarizes various laws, policies, procedures and guidance for faculty, staff and students.

Peer-to-Peer Sharing

Peer-to-peer sharing of copyrighted materials is illegal. 

These short videos (though specifically created for the UCLA campus) provide a good legal overview of peer-to-peer sharing:

Legal Sources of Online Content

Looking for legal alternatives for downloading online content? The non-profit organization Educause provides a list: 

Legal Alternatives for Downloading