IT Services, first floor
60 William Street
Worcester, MA 01609
There are several key policies that students must adhere to when using technology at Becker, some of which are required by federal laws. Please take a moment to read all of these policies.
At Becker College, illegally downloading or sharing copyright materials, including music, games, and videos is prohibited. Becker’s internet services are set to deter such use.
Both the U.S. Copyright Act, and the more recent Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, prohibits the distribution or sharing of copyrighted works without the copyright owner’s permission.
The “peer-to-peer” software that is used for file sharing may bypass your computer’s operating system security and open your entire computer, including your personal information, to anyone on the Internet. Programs such as KaZaA, Morpheus, Filetopia, Bit Torrent and others may affect your computer’s performance and can cause system crashes or loss of your data.
It is the nature of these programs to share your files with as many computers as possible; the resulting volume of network traffic can slow down or disable our entire network.
Artists, writers, musicians, and other creators of intellectual property rely upon copyright to protect their works. Without copyright, there would be no way to protect their income and no incentive to make their works available to us through books, CDs, videos, etc. When you violate copyright by downloading and sharing these works, you are depriving the artist of real income, and that is simply wrong.