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Copyright Violation Process

Actions taken by UMC for Copyright violations:

Why:
The University of Minnesota takes a strong stand against unlawful distribution of copyrighted materials (music, movies, software, etc). We respond to copyright infringement notices from copyright owners (i.e. RIAA, Sony Pictures) who actively search for such violations on the network. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requires UMC to take action against anyone illegally distributing copyrighted materials.

Actions Taken:
If an individual is found to be distributing copyrighted material using any university computing resources the following action(s) will be taken:

1st Offense: User's access is disabled. Incident is logged at the UMC Help Desk. Users who have lost access must visit the Help Desk (Kiehle 131) and must complete these steps to regain access:

Step 1: Hard drive will be reloaded to original state. Students computer will be held for 24 hours at the UMC Help Desk. User is responsible for backing up all files.

Step 2: Student must complete the Copyright/High Bandwidth form. Once these steps are completed, access will be enabled within one business day.

Individuals failing or refusing to complete the above steps will be referred to the Student Conduct Code Coordinator for further disciplinary action. Student access will remain disabled until authorization by Student Conduct Code Coordinator is provided to Technology Support Services.

2nd Offense: All access is disabled. Individual is referred to the Student Conduct Code Coordinator for further disciplinary action. Student access will remain disabled until authorization by Student Conduct Code Coordinator is provided to Technology Support Services.

 

3rd Offense: All access is disabled. UMC issued laptop must be returned for remainder of the academic year. Individual is referred to the Student Conduct Code Coordinator for further disciplinary action.

By taking these actions UMC is complying with the DMCA. Individuals who violate copyright laws also risk having lawsuits brought against them. Copyright infringement can result in piracy convictions, fines, or prison sentences.

NOTE: Individual arrangements will be made with policy violators whose access has been disabled in order to accommodate instructional related computing activities. It shall be the responsibility of the student to request this accommodation from UMC Technology Support Services.