Section 512(c) of the DMCA specifically limits the liability of the University, as the ISP for our community, for copyright infringements made by students, faculty, and staff. This protection is granted as long as the University:
- has no knowledge of the infringing activity,
- does not receive a financial benefit directly connected to infringing activity over which it has control,
- removes or blocks access to material, upon receipt of a notice claiming copyright infringement,
- has a written copyright policy, and
- has a designated agent, registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, to whom DMCA notices may be sent.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act – full text (PDF)
Cease-and-desist notices received by the Copyright Resources Office initiate the Stop It process at Mason, if an individual user is linked with a claimed copyright infringement.
Directory of Service Provider Agents maintained by the U.S. Copyright Office.
Bogus copyright complaints stifle creative expression on the Internet, as illustrated by Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Takedown Hall of Shame. See these examples of lame DMCA notices for situations in which a DMCA notice should not have been sent.
Individuals may report cease-and-desist notices sent or received to the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse.
What are the required elements for composing a legitimate DMCA cease-and-desist notice or counter notice? Here are a couple of examples of websites–Automattic and YouTube–that provide directions to a purported copyright holder who is submitting a cease-and-desist notice.