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Florida Computer Crimes Act

Unauthorized use of computing facilities is a crime under the Florida Computer Crimes Act (Chapter 815, Florida Statutes). Any suspected misuse of UNF's Computer facilities should be reported to the Director of Information Technology Services. The following are all violations of the Computer Crimes Act:

  • Unauthorized access of another user's account is a felony
  • Unauthorized modification, deletion, copying of files, or programs is a felony
  • Unauthorized modification or damage of computer equipment is a misdemeanor unless the damage exceeds $200, and then it is a felony

Any of the above activities will result in the cancellation of your computer account, and all relevant information will be turned over to the University Police Department.


Florida Computer Crimes Act (Full Text)

All computer users are reminded of the following:

On August 1, 1979, Chapter 815 of the Florida Statutes, The Florida Computer Crimes Act went into effect. This act describes the circumstances under which the unauthorized use of computer equipment, services, or accounts may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor of the first degree, felony of the third degree, or felony of the second degree with penalties ranging from 1 to 15 years of imprisonment and fines of $1,000 to $10,000.

All computer users should refrain from using another person's computer access permissions, making their own computer passwords available to anyone else, accessing another user's files without authorization, and from using their access privileges for other than the intended purposes. Persons apprehended for unauthorized use may be turned over to the State Attorney's Office for prosecution.

It must be emphasized that misuse of the computer has, by this law, become a very serious crime. Stealing a password, for example, may be judged a felony offense.


Warning of Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the reproduction, distribution, adaptation, public performance, and public display of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in law, nonprofit libraries are authorized to lend, lease, or rent copies of computer programs to patrons on a nonprofit basis and for nonprofit purposes. Any person who makes an unauthorized copy or adaptation, of the computer program, or redistributes the loan copy, or publicly performs or displays the computer program, except as permitted by title 17 of the United States Code, may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to fulfill a loan request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would lead to violation of the copyright law.

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