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DMCA Response Policy

Claims of Copyright Infringement and RIAA Pre-Litigation Letters

If Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) receives a copyright infringement letter for music, video, software or other digital media, the following steps will be followed, per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA):

  • Syslog and gateway authentication logs will be used to identify the person infringing copyright
  • The user’s network access will be suspended
  • We will notify MOREnet or the copyright holder that the claim is being investigated and handled under the guidelines of the DMCA
  • We will not disclose the identity of the user
  • We will inform the user that an infringement claim has made and ask the user if they have shared or downloaded the material without permission from the copyright holder

First Offense

If the user admits to using the material(s) without permission, we will:

  • Require the user to read the MSSU Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and to review information concerning the DMCA and copyright laws and regulations
  • Require the user to submit a statement:
    • Confirming infringement
    • Acknowledge violation of the AUP
    • Agreeing never to repeat the behavior
  • Suspend user’s network access for three (3) days
  • Inform the claimant that the violation has been resolved

If the user denies copyright infringement, we will:

  • Require the user to submit a statement denying infringement
  • Inform the claimant that the claim has been denied
  • Under the DMCA, the claimant may obtain a subpoena for the identity of the user and may file suit against the user

Second Offense

If the user admits to a second, separate offense, we will refer the student and details of the complaint to the Vice President of Student Affairs for appropriate disciplinary actions.

If the user denies copyright infringement, we will:

  • Require the user to submit a statement denying infringement
  • Inform the claimant that the claim has been denied
  • Under the DMCA, the claimant may obtain a subpoena for the identity of the user and may file suit against the user

RIAA Pre-Litiagation Letters

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) may send a pre-litigation letter to a user suspected of copyright infringement. If MSSU receives a pre-litigation letter, we will:

  • Act as if the letter is a DMCA complaint, and act according to the DMCA Response policy
  • Forward the letter to the user
  • MSSU will follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in providing the identity of the user to any party without a subpoena or other legally valid writ
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