DMCA Avoid Copyright Violations

Peer-to-peer filesharing networks are monitored by copyright holders of digital materials and their representatives. If you are caught on campus violating copyright by sharing digital materials without authorization, you should expect to be served with a notice that reads in part:

The University of Texas at Austin has received legal notification alleging that a computer resource for which you are responsible has been used for **sharing** copyrighted material. A copy of the notice is attached.

You must contact <> concerning this matter within 24 hours to avoid having your Internet access via the University disabled. Your response should specifically address the following:

  1. Your acknowledgment of university policy and the fact copyright infringement is a violation of federal law:
  2. The actions you have taken to eliminate the specific copyright infringement (e.g., deleting the file).
  3. If you plan to continue to use P2P software, please ensure your client is no longer configured to share copyrighted material. 


If you believe this notification was sent in error, your response should explain why. Otherwise your response should indicate what  actions you have taken to eliminate the copyright infringement.

The University is transmitting this notification to you under the terms of the Federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  

Consequences of copyright infringement include disciplinary actions by the University. In addition, persons who infringe on another's copyright may be sued in federal courts by copyright owners or their representatives. 

The University reserves the right to terminate network services of users who repeatedly infringe upon the rights of copyright owners

Please note that more information about legal media sharing alternatives is available at:

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.



As the copyright poster that comes attached to the notice makes clear, this is a violation of University policy and federal law, and can lead to your computer's being disconnected from the University network, as well as your being sued in federal courts by the copyright owners.

Here are some links for more information:
Dangers of Peer-to-Peer Networking

 Written by CNS OIT staff
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