FAQ - Movie and Music Piracy - Warning - DMCA notices

Many people on campus believe that because they are affiliated with a university, it automatically grants them the right to download any copyrighted material; movies, music, etc., for 'educational purposes' or for their own use without notification or payment to the owner of the copyrighted material.

This is incorrect.

If you engage in copyright infringement activity when using the ISU network, ISU will turn over its log files when there is an official request from authorities.

As a university, we do not censor or monitor the content of materials crossing the network. It is up to the user to determine the legality of their work. All persons with computer accounts on campus are required to read and sign the computer user agreement when they first opened the account.

If you download movie or music files illegally, Systems Administrators at ISU will receive an official notification requesting information about the person who did it. We must turn over our records. Here is an example of a typical DMCA notice.

DMCA Notification Sample:


Subject: DMCA Notification [Notice ID: 1234567]
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 10:27:10 -0800
From: antipiracy@nbcuni.com
To: abuse@isu.edu
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Hash: SHA1

Re: Unauthorized Use of Universal Motion Pictures
Notice ID: 1234567
8 Nov 2004 19:24:52 GMT

Dear Sir or Madam:

Universal City Studios Productions LLLP and its affiliated companies (collectively, "Universal") are the exclusive owners of copyrights in many motion pictures, including the motion pictures listed below.

It has come to our attention that Idaho State University is the service provider for the IP address listed below, from which unauthorized copying and distribution (downloading, uploading, file serving, file "swapping" or other similar activities) of Universal's motion picture(s) listed below is taking place. We believe that the Internet access of the user engaging in this infringement is provided by Idaho State University or a downstream service provider who purchases this connectivity from Idaho State University.

This unauthorized copying and distribution constitutes copyright infringement under Section 106 of the U.S. Copyright Act . Depending upon the type of service Idaho State University is providing to this IP address, it may have legal and/or equitable liability if it does not expeditiously remove or disable access to the motion picture(s) listed below, or if it fails to implement a policy that provides for termination of subscribers who are repeat infringers (see, 17 U.S.C. 512).

Despite the above, Universal believes that the entire Internet community benefits when these matters are resolved cooperatively. We urge you to take immediate action to stop this infringing activity and inform us of the results of your actions. We appreciate your efforts toward this common goal.

The undersigned has a good faith belief that use of the motion pictures in the manner described herein is not authorized by Universal, its agent or the law. The information contained in this notification is accurate. Under penalty of perjury, the undersigned is authorized to act on behalf of Universal with respect to this matter.

Please be advised that this letter is not and is not intended to be a complete statement of the facts or law as they may pertain to this matter or of Universal's positions, rights or remedies, legal or equitable, all of which are specifically reserved.

Very truly yours,

Complainant's signature, company name, address and contact information goes here.

*pgp public key is available on the key server at ldap://keyserver.pgp.com
** For any correspondence regarding this case, please send your emails to antipiracy@unistudios.com and refer to Notice ID: 1234567. If you need immediate assistance or if you have general questions please call the number listed above.

Title: (name of movie appears here.)
Infringement Source: BitTorrent
Initial Infringement Timestamp: (Date and timestamp appear here)
Recent Infringment Timestamp: (Date and timestamp appear here)
Infringer Username:
Infringing Filename: (name of movie appears here).DVDRip.XviD-DMT_[bt-gm]_[EFnet]
Infringing Filesize: 744961367
Infringers IP Address: (IP address of offender appears here.)
Infringers DNS Name:
Infringing URL: (IP address of offender appears here.)/(name of movie appears here).DVDRip.XviD-DMT_[bt-gm]_[EFnet]

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8398727
New


Universal Studios
Complainant's Name goes here
address goes here (1280/6)
Phone goes here
Email - antipiracy1@unistudios.com

Idaho State University
Computer Service Center,Campus Box 8037
abuse@isu.edu
(time of offense appears here)
(Offenders IP address appears here)
DNS Name
BitTorrent
Username
1
No
(Title of movie appears here)
(Title of movie appears here).DVDRip.XviD-DMT_[bt-gm]_[EFnet]
744961367
(Offenders IP address appears here)/(Title of movie appears here).DVDRip.XviD-DMT_[bt-gm]_[EFnet
Video
- ---End ACNS XML
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Version: 8.0

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Document #: 892     Author: Cynthia Senicka    
Last Modified by: Cynthia Senicka on 07/14/2008