It is the policy of Central Michigan University to promptly process
and investigate notices of alleged copyright infringement and take
appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,
Title 17, United States Code, Section 512 ("DMCA"). Pursuant to the
DMCA, Central Michigan University has designated an agent to receive
notification of alleged copyright infringement occurring on Web pages or
computer servers. If you believe that your copyrighted work is being
infringed on a Central Michigan University site, please notify our
designated agent, preferably by email, at:
Central Michigan University
||Central Michigan University
||Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Contents of Notice
The DMCA requires that all notices of alleged copyright infringement
must be in writing. When informing the designated agent of an alleged
copyright infringement, you should:
- Identify the copyrighted work that allegedly has been infringed.
If multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are involved,
please provide a list of the works on that site.
- Describe the material that is claimed to be infringing and provide
sufficient information to permit Central Michigan University to locate
- Provide your contact information, including an address, telephone number, and, if available, an e-mail address.
- Certify or include a statement that you have a good faith belief
that the use of the copyright-protected material in the manner
complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, the owner’s
agent, or law.
- Certify that the information that you have provided Central
Michigan University is accurate. You should attest under penalty of
perjury that you are authorized to enforce the copyrights that you
allege have been infringed.
- Include a physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or person authorized to act on behalf of the owner.
Central Michigan University may not be able to act on your complaint
promptly or at all if you do not provide the information required in the
“Contents of Notice.”
Before you allege an infringement, you should consult copyright materials to confirm that the use is, in fact, infringing. The United States Copyright Office
provides basic information that can help you determine whether an
exception or defense, such as fair use, may apply to the use of your
Notice and Takedown Procedure
Central Michigan University expects all users of its system to comply
with applicable copyright laws. However, if the university is notified
of a claimed copyright infringement, or otherwise becomes aware of facts
and circumstances from which infringement is apparent, it will respond
appropriately, which may include removing or disabling access to the
material that is claimed to be infringing. Central Michigan University
will follow the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright
Act with regard to appropriate notifications of the user and the
complaining party, acceptance of counter notifications, and, where
indicated, putback of the alleged infringing material. Refer to the
United States Copyright Office for a summary of the provisions of the DMCA.
Where it has been clearly established that a Central Michigan
University user is a repeat offender, the University may terminate that
US Copyright Law and Central Michigan University Policy
Individuals who infringe copyright-protected materials on Central
Michigan University networks are subject to discipline under Central
Michigan University’s Web Policy and other University policies. In
appropriate circumstances, penalties for violations of the Policy
include, but are not limited to, termination of all computing
Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law and subject to
severe civil penalties and sanctions. Copyright infringement can also be
a violation of federal criminal law. Thus, every user of the Central
Michigan University networks and Web must maintain a basic understanding
of copyright law and must comply with Central Michigan University
For more information on U.S. copyright law and the DMCA, consult the web site of the United States Copyright Office.
The U.S. Copyright office has a variety of circulars and forms,
available online or printed, which can provide answers and guidance to
many copyright questions and issues. Circular 1
has simple, concise explanations and descriptions of what you must do
to keep from infringing copyrights of others, as well as protecting your
own creative works. In addition, there are resources available through
the library or through a simple Web search.
For More Information
Text of the DMCA
Overview of the DMCA