Pittsburg State University acknowledges and upholds federal and state copyright laws. Copyright protection exist for documents and information distributed and shared via the Internet. Pittsburg State University accepts the copyright guidelines outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). PSU is an "online service provider" to the campus community and takes these responsibilities seriously. Pittsburg State University's students, faculty and staff must adhere to ethical copyright practices.
Termination Policy for Violation of Copyright
Pittsburg State University is an "online service provider" as defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) [Public Law 105-304].
Responsibility: Users of the Internet services of Pittsburg State University are responsible for compliance with all copyright laws pertaining to information and files they place, distribute, and receive on the Internet using University facilities.
Termination of privileges: Use of the University's online services will be terminated for anyone who violates the copyright provisions of the United States Code on the third notice of violation by the University when the University is able to discern the identity of the person who committed the violations.
Designated Agent: The Pittsburg State University "Designated Agent", as provided for by the DMCA, for notification of possible violations of copyright is:
Jamie L. Brooksher General Counsel Pittsburg State University 1701 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762-5880 Voice: 620-235-4136 Fax: 620-235-4080 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elements of Notification: A notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following:
Take Down: To the extent reasonably possible, Pittsburg State University will expeditiously remove and/or block access to material posted by a user upon notice of infringement of copyright provided to the Designated Agent by the United States Copyright Office.
Notice: If Pittsburg State University can reasonably discern the identity of the person responsible for the violation, that person will be promptly notified by the Designated Agent and will be provided with the following information:
Put Back: If the individual receiving notice of improper use believes that the material in question is being used lawfully, a "counter notice" should be provided to the Designated Agent and Pittsburg State University will restore access within 14 days of the counter notice, unless the matter has been referred to a court. The Counter Notice must contain the following:
Privacy Rules: Under the DMCA, Pittsburg State University may be obligated to provide names of individuals using its online services upon the order of a Federal court. The University will safeguard the privacy of a user's identity on the Internet to the full extent of the law.
Circumvention of Protection Technologies: The DMCA prohibits the "circumvention" of any effective "technological protection measure" (e.g., a password or a form of encryption) used by a copyright holder to restrict access to its material.
Further Information: Questions about compliance with the DMCA at Pittsburg State University may be addressed to the Designated Agent listed above.