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Digital Millennium Copyright Act

DMCA Violation

A DMCA Violation occurs when a Copyright holder sends the University of Wyoming a complaint or a Cease and Desist notice.  Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act the university or Internet service provider must take action to resolve this issue, the University of Wyoming does this by disabling the wired port or the wireless account depending on the source of the infringement.  If we can we will notify you by email that your account or your port has been disabled.  In any case the port will remain disabled until the matter is resolved.

In order to resolve a disabled port of this fashion, you must remove all offending content that may have been download and then bring in the computer(s) that may have caused the complaint to the ResNet office so that we can verify that the content has been removed.  ResNet takes the following step when dealing with DMCA complaints.

First offense:

The client must remove all offending content from the computer and bring the computer down to the ResNet office so that we can verify that the content has been deleted.  After the content has been removed along with the file sharing software and usually a rundown and virus cleaning.  We will send up a release to have the port reactivated, this may take up to two business days to complete.

Second offense:

If a second offense occurs, ResNet will go through the same procedure as the first offense.  In addition ResNet will require the offender to sign a document stating that a second offense has occurred.  After the document is signed ResNet will once again send up the request for the port or wireless account to be reactivated, network access may be blocked for a period of up to 30 days.

Third offense:

If a third offense occurs, your network access may be revoked permanently.  ResNet will now refer the case to the Dean of students for an academic disciplinary hearing.  At this point you may face civil and criminal penalties as well as academic discipline which could involve expulsion.

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