Digital Copyright and DMCA
The University of North Florida (UNF) takes copyright
violation seriously. As an online service provider, it is UNF's responsibility
to respond quickly and effectively to all reports of copyright infringement by
our users, on our networks, or on web sites hosted by our system. UNF has designated an agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement. Please forward any
claims of copyright infringement on our UNF computer networks or on web sites
hosted by our UNF system to email@example.com
DMCA Takedown Notice
A DMCA Takedown Notice is a legal notification from a
copyright holder or their representatives instructing the recipient to remove
or make unavailable the copyright protected work cited. UNF typically receives
DMCA Takedown Notices through email. Notifications must contain the following
elements to be valid:
- A physical or electronic signature of an
authorized representative of the copyright holder of the allegedly infringed
- Identification of the specific copyrighted work
claimed to have been infringed
- Identification of the material that is claimed
to be infringing with sufficient detail to allow the service provider to locate
the material that is to be removed or made inaccessible
- Information sufficient to allow the service
provider to contact the complaining party
- A statement that the complaining party has a
good faith belief that the use of the material is not authorized by the
- A statement that the information provided is
accurate, and that under the penalty of perjury that the complaining party is
authorized to act on behalf of the copyright protected materials owner.
In most cases, the key identifier of the alleged infringer
is a combination of IP address, timestamp, and a description of the copyrighted
material found including any evidence.
- IT Security receives the DMCA takedown notice
from the agent mailbox.
- IT Security then verifies and validates the
claimed infringement. If the request is missing information or full details, additional
details from the complainant are gathered.
- Evidence is logged in a local DMCA tracking application
and a UNF incident is created.
The reported device is blocked from the network
until the user responds to the agent with evidence of full removal of the
content. If no user can be identified on the reported device, the device will
- Repeat offenders are reported to student conduct
(student) or human resources (employee/staff) for further disciplinary action
including termination and other legal action.
- The DMCA agent responds to the complainant to
close out the incident.
- Do not publish any copyrighted material without
obtaining permission from the copyright holder or their representative.
- Disable peer-to-peer (p2p) software on all
devices before connecting to the university network.
- Adhere to all policies found on https://www.unf.edu/its/polproc/
before connecting to the university network.