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Copyright Notification Procedures


Copyright violation notifications come from a variety of copyright holders in the form of DMCA violation complaint, Preservation Notice or Early Settlement Letter . The most common copyright complaints are sent by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), but are also received from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Upon receipt of any copyright infringement notification, Computing and Communications (C&C) reviews the document as well as appropriate guidelines and associated information (e.g. The Copyright Law of the United States of America, Title 17 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 5, section 512c3). Network logs are examined to substantiate whether or not the Internet traffic in question originated from UCR.Contents of the traffic are not examined. Finally, the network address (the IP address) is analyzed to determine if it belongs to a campus or residence hall computer. All these actions are documented and stored for three years. The following links describe the processes implemented for handling of the types of copyright infringement notifications below:

DMCA Notifications

DMCA Violation

  • DMCA Notification Process: DMCA violation notifications to date have been the number one method used to identify potential network misuse.

Due to the recent increase in DMCA violations (see the table below) over UCR’s wireless and wired networks, Computing & Communications (C&C) has been forced to shut down the peer-to-peer traffic protocol on the wireless network in the hopes of reducing the number of DMCA complaints. However, this is not an optimal solution as there are several “legal” sites that use peer-to-peer protocols to share both copyrighted and non-copyrighted material. Thus, in order to reactivate the peer-to-peer protocol on the wireless network and deal with the fact that neither C&C nor the Student Conduct & Academic Integrity Office (SCAIO) have the human resources to deal with the increased number of DMCA violations, C&C has developed an automated DMCA remediation process for wireless users.

Academic Year# of DMCA ViolationsAnnual % Increase/(Decrease)

TOTAL

1,054

 
2004-05

143

N/A

2005-06

55

(62%)

2006-07

85

55%

2007-08

243

186%

2008-09

104

(57%)

2009-10

123

18%

2010-11

301

145%

Preservation Notifcation

The RIAA has begun a new copyright deterrence campaign, sending Preservation Letters and Early Settlement Letters. As a pre-court action, the RIAA is sending Preservation Letters requesting preservation of evidence and then offering Early Settlement opportunities to the accused copyright violator. It is important to know, UCR does not provide any information to the RIAA without a subpoena.


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DMCA Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: 951-827-4741
Fax: 951-827-4541
E-mail: dmca@ucr.edu

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