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The University of California is committed to upholding U.S. copyright law. As an Internet Service Provider under the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the University does not monitor its networks for the purpose of discovering illegal activity. However, the University pursues a set of ongoing initiatives to ensure that copyright, particularly as it applies to digital assets, is respected within the University community.
- Overview Presentation (powerpoint movie -- approx 5 min)
When you upload or distribute copies you make of copyrighted works, or when you download or acquire unlicensed copies of copyrighted works, you may be infringing someone else’s rights. If this is the case, you are breaking the law and could be subject to University and/or criminal sanctions.
Copyright law allows for the “fair use” of copyrighted materials for purposes of teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a complex subject; some resources for more information include:
- Using Copyrighted Works of Others
- Conditions for Use and Licensing for Electronic Resources
- Resources for Teaching Faculty
A UC systemwide Web site provides information about copyright, including appropriate vs. inappropriate uses of copyrighted material. The information includes frequently asked questions (FAQs) about copyright ownership and using copyrighted material, and links to pertinent University of California policies.
The HEOA P2P provisions require universities to develop and implement “written plans to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution’s network without unduly interfering with the educational and research use of the network.” This document is UC Santa Cruz’s plan to satisfy this HEOA requirement.
Reviewed May 2013