UNCP prohibits any unauthorized or illegal use of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file-sharing and file-downloading software. DoIT will take necessary steps to eliminate unlawful use of file sharing.
Procedures for violations of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
United State Copyright Office
Various entities work to protect copyrighted materials by notifying UNCP of infringements detected on the campus network. The notification includes the work that was downloaded, when the violation occurred, and the IP address of the device that was used for the download. An IP address is the unique number a computer uses to identify itself on a network. The IP address is specific to a computer and a username is unique to an individual.
When DoIT receives a notice of violation the user of the IP address at the time of the violation is easily identified. If the offender is a resident student the Department of Housing and Residential Life is notified. If the offender is a non-resident student Student Affairs is notified. If the offender is not a student, the appropriate department head is notified.
The offender is then notified by the appropriate department as to the seriousness of the issue. Offenders may have their network access terminated.
Students who commit a second offense have the copyright violation addressed by the judiciary branch of Student Affairs.
Examples of a violation notification
- Violation notice sent from the UNCP Office of Student Affairs (pdf)
- Formal notification sent by the Office of Student Conduct (pdf)
READ ABOUT UNCP'S STANCE
DoIT 01 03 - Appropriate Use Policy (AUP)
Conduct which violates this policy includes, but is not limited to:
9. Making or using illegal copies of copyrighted software, storing such copies on UNCP systems, or transmitting them over university networks.
10. Using UNCP’s technology infrastructure for the sharing or downloading of copyrighted materials in violation of applicable copyright laws or local, state or federal regulations.
2011-2012 Student handbook
IV. Rights and Responsibilities
Code of Conduct Page 66
... A UNCP student shall refrain from engaging in behaviors that violate the Code of Conduct listed below, which reflect conduct unbecoming of a student at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke:
7. Computing Appropriate Use Policy
Violating the UNCP appropriate use policy for computers, networks and federal copyright law. See Division of Information Technology Policy 0103 Appropriate Use Policy found online at http://www.uncp.edu/doit/policies/policy0103.html
UNCP Faculty Handbook, 2011-2012
UNCP Copyright Policy
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Use of Copyrighted Works by Faculty, Staff and Students
Except as allowed by law, it is a violation of this Policy and law for University faculty, staff, or students to reproduce, distribute, display publicly, perform, digitally transmit, or prepare derivative works based upon a copyrighted work without permission of the copyright owner.