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DMCA Compliance Policy
DMCA Compliance Policy

It is the policy of Wartburg College to promptly process and investigate notices of alleged copyright infringement, and take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, Section 512 ("DMCA").

Contents of Notice
The DMCA requires that all notices of alleged copyright infringement must be in writing. When informing the designated agent of an alleged copyright infringement, the complainant must:

(1) Identify the copyrighted work that allegedly has been infringed. If multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are involved, please provide a list of the works on that site.

(2) Describe the material that is claimed to be infringing and provide sufficient information to permit Wartburg College to locate that material.

(3) Provide your contact information, including an address, telephone number, and, if available, an e-mail address.

(4) Certify or include a statement that the complainant has a good faith belief that the use of the copyright-protected material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, the owner's agent, or law.

(5) Certify that the information that you have provided Wartburg College is accurate. The complainant should attest under penalty of perjury that s/he is authorized to enforce the copyrights that have allegedly have been infringed.

(6) Include a physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or person authorized to act on behalf of the owner.

Before the complainants allege an infringement, s/he should consult copyright materials to confirm that the use is, in fact, infringing. The United States Copyright Office provides basic information, online, at http://www.copyright.gov/, which can assist one in determining whether an exception or defense, such as fair use, may apply to the use of your copyrighted work.

Notice, Takedown, and Put back Procedure
Wartburg College expects all users of its system to comply with applicable copyright laws. However, if Wartburg College is notified of a claimed copyright infringement, or otherwise becomes aware of facts and circumstances from which infringement is apparent, it will respond appropriately, which may include removing or disabling access to the material that is claimed to be infringing. Wartburg College will follow the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act with regard to appropriate notifications of the user and the complaining party, acceptance of counter notifications, and, where indicated, "put back" of the alleged infringing material. Refer to the United States Copyright Office for the provisions of the DMCA at http://www.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/dmca.pdf.

Repeat Infringers
Where it has been clearly established that a Wartburg College user is a repeat offender, Wartburg College may terminate that person's account.

Notification Agent
Pursuant to the DMCA, Wartburg College has designated an agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement occurring on Web pages or computer servers. If you believe that your copyrighted work is being infringed on a Wartburg College site, please notify our designated agent, preferably by email, at:

Administrator: Gary Wipperman
Director of Information Technology Services
E-Mail: gary.wipperman@wartburg.edu
Phone: (319) 352-8353
Fax: (319) 352-8253
U.S. Mail: 100 Wartburg Blvd.
Wartburg College
Waverly, IA 50677

US Copyright Law and Wartburg College Computing Resource Policy
Individuals who infringe copyright-protected materials on Wartburg College network may be subject to discipline. In appropriate circumstances, penalties for violations of Wartburg College Computing Resources Policy [http://www.wartburg.edu/its/policy.html] may include, but are not limited to, termination of all computing privileges.

Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law and subject to severe civil penalties and sanctions. Copyright infringement can also be a violation of federal criminal law. Thus, every user of Wartburg College network and Web must maintain a basic understanding of copyright law and must comply with the Wartburg College Computing Resources Policy.

For more information on U.S. copyright law and the DMCA, consult the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office. The U.S. Copyright office has a variety of circulars and forms, available online or printed, which can provide answers and guidance to many copyright questions and issues. The Copyright Office's Circular 1, has simple, concise, explanations and descriptions of what one must do to keep from infringing copyrights of others, as well as protecting one's own creative works. In addition, there are resources available through the library or through a simple Web search on copyright.