DMCA Agent and Copyright Infringement Complaints

Congress passed The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 to protect the rights of copyright holders. The University of Michigan enforces copyright law and protects its own as well as the rights of others. If you have a concern regarding the unauthorized use of copyrighted material on any site on the network, contact the agent designated to respond to reports alleging copyright infringement.

Designated Agent

The designated agent for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II of the DMCA is:

Sol Bermann
Executive Director of Information Assurance and Chief Information Security Officer
University of Michigan
950 Victors Way, Suite 10
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-5218
Email (address registered with U.S. Copyright Office): [email protected]

U-M will only process complaints from copyright holders that are sent to the email address registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Infringement Claims

The DMCA specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing (either electronic mail or paper letter) and must include the following:

  • A physical or electronic signature of the copyright holder or a person authorized to act on his or her behalf;
  • Description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, including URL of any web site;
  • Description of the material that is claimed to be infringed with information sufficient to permit the university to locate the material;
  • Contact information for the owner or agent, including name, address, telephone number, and email address;
  • A statement that the copyright holder or authorized agent has a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, agent or the law; and
  • A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information in the notification is accurate.

HEOA Compliance

In addition to the DMCA, the University of Michigan complies with the peer-to-peer file sharing provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.