Receiving Copyright Infringement Notices

If you receive a copyright infringement complaint, it is because a copyright holder or an agent for a copyright holder has filed a written complaint with the University. Once notified, you have 96 hours to respond. If you do not respond, your Internet access will be stopped and will not be reinstated until the complaint against you is resolved. If you are a repeat offender, your Internet access is stopped and your case is refereed to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.  

FIRST COMPLAINT: If you have received a copyright infringement notice and it is your first complaint, you will be given 3 options:

  • OPTION 1 allows you to simply delete the infringing files and respond to the University’s copyright agent (via email) that you have done so. You must do this within 96 hours of receiving the notice. This will resolve your case. The University’s copyright agent will notify the complainant that the case has been resolved and the case is closed.
  • Option 2 allows you to challenge the complainant in federal court. The University will not be involved; the University will direct you to a website that provides you with the steps you’ll need to take.
  • Option 3 allows you to do nothing, in which case your Internet access will be removed.

SECOND COMPLAINT: If you receive a complaint and it is your second notice, your Internet access will be stopped and your case is automatically referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs.

THIRD COMPLAINT: If you receive a third complaint, you will be suspended from the University.

For more information about violating federal copyright laws, please visit http://www.copyright.gov/laws/ .

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