Combating Copyright Infringement

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At the College of Coastal Georgia, the use of all information technology resources shall be in compliance with Federal and State copyright law and in full conformance with the Board of Regents' Copyright and Fair Use Policies.

Accordingly, it shall be impermissible to use any technology resource, including e-mail systems and services, to facilitate in any way the unauthorized installation, copying, infringing or distribution of any software, data files, images, text or other materials in violation of copyrights, trademarks, service marks patents, other intellectual property rights, contracts or license agreements.

To ensure compliance with this policy, the College uses a two-pronged approach: First, the College uses the Barracuda Web Filter to enforce its Internet usage policies. Through this web filter, the College is able to:
  • Block access to Web sites based on domain, URL pattern, or content category;
  • Block downloads based on file type; and
  • Block applications that access the Internet, including IM, music services, and software update utilities.
Second, the College responds quickly to legitimate and properly formed notices of copyright infringement. Upon receipt of such notice, the College reviews its network activity records to independently validate the notice's legitimacy. If the notice appears valid, the College suspends the offending computer's network access until the infringing material is removed or justification for a counter notice is provided. Where violations are discovered, those responsible are subject to prompt administrative and / or disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or expulsion, in accordance with College employee or student disciplinary policies, as applicable.

To ensure these techniques are effectively combating copyright infringement, the College routinely monitors the total number of infringement notices and reports as they are received. Through consideration of the following information sources, the College determines whether the methods currently being utilized are effective:
  • The total number of Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices received annually;
  • The number of open "peer-to-peer" shares discovered through internal network scans; and
  • Any verifiable reports from credible sources.
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