DMCA - UNH Digital Millennium Copyright Act

This documents the University of New Hampshire's procedures for compliance with the sections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), enacted in 1998, that deals with online copyright infringement liability limitation.

DMCA Notice to Students
Under the provisions outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) enacted in 1998:
  • If you download, copy, use, or share copyrighted digital information files, including but not limited to music and movies, you are engaging in illegal activity that could result in legal action or University of New Hampshire Student Judicial System charges.
  • If you want to learn more about the provisions of the DMCA and how they apply to your use of computers at UNH, please read the following information and browse the resources available at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) website.
University DMCA Agent
The designated University Agent to receive written claims of copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is:
Stan Waddell
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology
University of New Hampshire
Rm 307, Thompson Hall
105 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824-3547

Fax: 603-862-0673
Reporting Claims of Infringement
A written notification of claimed infringement must be sent to the University Agent from the alleged copyright owner (Complaining Party) that includes substantially the following:
  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the Complaining Party. As an electronic signature we accept fax and a digitized image of the signature attached to e-mail.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or disabled, including information reasonably sufficient to permit the University to locate the material. For example, include the URL.
    • Submissions are accepted at the address in an ACNS format.  Make special note of the required fields and the Source->Protocol field.  Submissions will not be accepted without that information or at other email addresses.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the University to contact the Complaining Party, such as address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  5. A statement that the Complaining Party has a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the Complaining Party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Counter Notification of Replacement
The User (subscriber) may provide a counter notification to the University Agent, responding to the notification from the Complaining Party. A counter notification must be a written communication provided to the Agent that includes substantially the following:
  1. A physical or electronic signature of the User (subscriber).
  2. Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled.
  3. A statement under penalty of perjury that the User has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or incorrect identification of the material to be removed or disabled.
  4. The User's name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that the User consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the User's address is outside the United States, for any judicial district in which the University may be found and that the User will accept service of process from the person who provided notification or an agent of such person.
Once the complaining party receives the User's claim, the DMCA permits the University to restore materials or access within two weeks -- unless the Complaining Party serves notice that it intends to seek a court order to restrain infringement. University policy may mandate for other reasons that materials or access not be restored, and some other investigation may proceed.

The DMCA does not alter fair use provisions of U.S. copyright law.
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