Digital Copyright Safeguards - Response

The following resources are in place to address issues surrounding DMCA at the University of Denver. These resources provide education and awareness, alternatives for obtaining digital resources, and technical safeguards that are used at DU.

Education / Awareness

All new and transfer students are required to attend a DU Discoveries orientation session on current technology issues. This session addresses copyright infringement and other common policy violations that result through technology.

File Sharing and Copyright Infringement are discussed in the "Keeping your Computer Safe" class that is offered quarterly to all Staff and Faculty members.

For additional educational material regarding P2P file-sharing and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), please refer to P2P Educational Resources

Legal Alternatives

Legal Sources of Online Content is a list maintained by Educause of legal sources that offer music & other forms of digital media. Note that several offer free or low cost content.

Technical Safeguards

The University of Denver uses an Anagran device to help manage bandwidth utilization on campus.

Reacting to DMCA Cease and Desist Notices

First and Second Complaints

When practical, Network Security will notify the person responsible for the possible infringement at his or her @du.edu e-mail address and ask that the person either stop distributing the contested material or submit a counter notification.

When it is impractical to notify the person responsible via e-mail or when a reasonable time has passed without a receiving a satisfactory reply to an e-mail notification, Network Security will block Internet access to the contested material. The blocking method may vary from case to case. Some commonly employed methods are listed below. Other blocking methods may also be used.
  • If the material resides on a server managed by the University of Denver, the material may be moved to an inaccessible location or removed from the server.
  • If the material resides on a device not managed by the University of Denver, Internet access to that device may be blocked.
  • If the material resides on a device that must be "logged on" in order to connect to the University of Denver network, "log on" privileges for the person responsible may be suspended.
The complaint will be considered resolved when the person responsible for the possible infringement notifies Network Security that distribution of the contested material has stopped or a counter notification has been approved.

Subsequent Complaints

Network Security will block Internet access to the contested material.

If the person responsible is a student, the case history will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards. Internet blocks will remain in effect until the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards informs Network Security that the matter has been resolved and Internet access can be restored.

If the person responsible is an employee, the case history will be forwarded to the employee's supervisor, the employee's division supervisor or another office appropriate for dealing with complaints about the employee's behavior. Internet blocks will remain in effect until that office informs Network Security that the matter has been resolved and Internet access can be restored.

Periodic Review

Network Security will review the effectiveness of these steps on a quarterly basis.