Copyright Education

Copyright Education



DMCA Agent



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.

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. 

UCSC Copy Center has a Copyright Clearance service available for all faculty and staff on campus to assist with ensuring couse materials follow copyright laws.

Also see Filesharing and Copyright and What can I use?.

Appropriate and Inappropriate Uses of Copyrighted Materials

Copyright law allows for the “fair use” of copyrighted materials for purposes of teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a complex subject. Please see UCSC's Library site on Fair Use and Copyright for information.

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.

Course Materials and Lecture Notes

Course Materials:
Instructors own the copyright to their course materials under UC's Policy on Ownership of Course Materials. UCLA has developed a simple template (Word doc) for instructors if a company has posted and is distributing Course Materials without permission. The letter should be sent to the DMCA Registered Agent for the company - search their directory.

Lecture Notes:
Please note that students may be disciplined for selling, preparing, or distributing course lecture notes for any commercial purpose, whether or not the student himself or herself took the notes. The unauthorized sale of lecture notes (and handouts, readers or other course materials) is a violation of campus policies, state law and may also constitute copyright infringement subject to legal action.

UCSC Plan for Combating Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Materials - Compliance with the P2P Provisions of the HEOA

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.

UCSC Plan for Combating Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Materials