1001.4 Unauthorized Copying & Use of Computer Software
Effective: January 26, 1986
Revised: February 2007
Review Date: February 2009
Responsible Party: Chancellor
Software is generally purchased for and licensed to a single processing unit (ie. computer). Reproducing (copying) any software may violate MSU-Northern's license agreements or may be in violation of the copyright laws of the United States or both.
- Individuals apprehended copying or in possession of copied MSU-Northern's software or software licensed to Montana State University-Northern without the knowledge and permission of MSU-Northern's Information Technology Services will be treated as stated under "Unauthorized Use." In addition, such individuals may be prosecuted under the federal laws. MSU-Northern will not accept responsibility for students or employees that may be in violation of license agreements or federal laws.
- Individuals may not charge nor destroy software nor data that is not their own possession. Such action will be considered as "Improper Use" and dealt with as "Unauthorized Use."
- Individuals that use software from other computers on MSU-Northern's computers do so at their own risk.
- Individuals contemplating using borrowed software on MSU-Northern's computers are urged to contact Information Technology Services to assure themselves that they are not in violation of MSU-Northern's policies or the law.
- Unauthorized Use: Unauthorized use of services (accounts, data, programs, equipment etc.) is not allowed. Any individual or organization apprehended for unauthorized use will be reported to the appropriate official. MSU-Northern reserves the right to initiate civil and criminal action against offenders. In addition, employees are subject to discharge and students may be suspended.
- Improper Use: Deliberate improper use of services including equipment will be treated as unauthorized use.
Note: The Regents of the Montana University System have issued a general policy item covering unauthorized use and copying of computer software. See 1901.1 Regents Policy and Procedures Manual - November 18, 1999.Top