Information Security acts as a steward for the university when responding to reports of copyright infringement. As a team dedicated to maintaining the integrity and survivability of the university’s network, we will act on each notice and investigate each incident to validate reports. When the report of copyright violation is found to be valid, we will act to disable the offending host on our network. We will also send a report of the incident to the Dean of Students (in the event that a student is the offending party) or to the Employee Relations Director (in the case of a staff member).
Reports of copyright infringement violations should be submitted to the Academic Dean at JohnEdmonds@vbc.edu. We require a digitally signed message that allows us to verify your identity.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) focuses on the protection of an authors’ rights to intellectual property in a digital age. The Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into in 1998. DMCA highlights include the following:
- Outlaws the circumvention of anti-piracy techniques employed by software creators while outlawing the creation, distribution and deployment of “code-cracking” devices built specifically for the circumvention of anti-piracy measures.
- Permits the research and testing of such copyright protection devices to assess their encryption measures, interoperability and security integrity.
- Limits the distribution of unauthorized or unlicensed copyrighted material including provisions for service providers to limit copyright infringement liability through preventing further spread of copyrighted material and removing such material from hosts, where necessary. Further, limits the liability of higher education institutions in the event they provide connectivity services for faculty and graduate level students.
- Requires specific licensing fees to be properly distributed towards artists and authors during Internet broadcasts.
Virginia Baptist College, as a service provider for students, faculty and staff, must honor the DMCA in accordance with applicable laws.