The University of Michigan Plan for Compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act
Overview of DMCA/HEOA requirements
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) was designed to combat the web-centered file sharing of digital copyrighted materials, at the time mainly MP3 recordings. The initial requirements for institutional compliance included:
In 2008 Congress passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) that included additional requirements designed to deter file sharing of copyrighted digital media (music, movies, games, etc.) via the peer-to-peer (P2P) protocols that did not exist at the time of the passage of the DMCA. The specific HEOA requirements include:
University of Michigan Digital Copyright Compliance Program Components
During the fall trimester, the University sends disclosure notices to all students, faculty, and staff. These notices serve to: remind the university population of their compliance obligations with university-wide Information Technology Proper Use guidelines and the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities; educate and raise awareness regarding the potential illegality of the distribution of copyrighted materials; and underscore the University's commitment to enforce all copyright laws, including the DMCA, and the DMCA-related provisions of the HEOA.
The Information and Infrastructure Assurance (IIA) division of Information and Technology Services (ITS) develops and maintains the text of the annual disclosure. The disclosure is vetted and approved by the Offices of the General Counsel, the Provost, and the Vice President for Student Affairs; the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs disseminate the disclosure.
ITS-IIA engages in campus-wide education and awareness activities highlighting the consequences of illegally accessing or distributing unauthorized copyrighted material, as well as provides resources for the legal file sharing of copyrighted materials. This education and awareness is accomplished through a DMCA/HEOA copyright compliance web site that is part of the Safe Computing website, myriad forms of publicity (posters, news articles, YouTube videos), and through presence at campus-wide events (e.g., "FestiFall", "WinterFest".)
IIA staff operate a vigorous digital copyright compliance response program for complaints sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This program includes escalation procedures for repeat offenses, including referral to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution, and potential restrictions of computing accounts.
ITS maintains a copyright compliance web page that provides access to alternative sources of authorized copyrighted digital materials; notifications of copyright infringement will include a link to this web site and to additional resources, such as the EDUCAUSE "Legal Alternatives" web site (http://www.educause.edu/legalcontent).
IIA regularly compiles and reviews metrics regarding number of complaints received, complainant statistics, complaints per network location (Mwireless, Residence Hall Ethernet, et al.), and tracking or alleged repeat offenders. Metrics and analysis will be reviewed by the official University DMCA agent, and other university staff as appropriate.
Last modified: January 17 2013.