What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?
In October 1998, Congress and the President signed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Of importance to universities is the provision in the DMCA which limits liability of online service providers for copyright infringement where certain preventive measures are adopted. The intent is to encourage voluntary compliance with copyright law as it applies in digital media and to discourage illegal downloads and file sharing.
East Mississippi Community College has elected to comply with the conditions and procedures set out in the DMCA for notice and take down of infringing content. Owners of copyrighted works, or persons authorized to act on their behalf, who claim copyright infringement may notify East Mississippi Community College’s designated agent of the alleged infringement.
Below are some of the most significant provisions of the DMCA relevant to college Internet Service Providers (ISP’s):
• It is a criminal offense to circumvent anti-piracy measures built into software.
• ISP’s, including universities like East Mississippi Community College, that provide bandwidth, internet, and other electronic services to their faculty, students, and staff, are not susceptible to vicarious infringement exposure due to the activity of their users simply by providing the network transmitting the illegal files, provided that the ISP complies with the requirements of the DMCA. Note that this “safe harbor” applies only to those instances where East Mississippi Community College acts solely as an ISP, and not as a content provider. If the person posting the allegedly infringing material is a college employee and the material is work-related, East Mississippi Community College would be functioning as a content provider and the “safe harbor” would not apply.
• ISP’s are liable if they have knowledge of infringing downloads and fail to remove the infringing material from users’ sites.
How do I report a copyright violation?
East Mississippi Community College’s designated agent for receiving notices of copyright infringement is:
INSERT DMCA PERSON HERE!