Digital Millennium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is legislation enacted by the United States Congress in October 1998 that made major changes to the US Copyright Act. These changes were necessary in part to bring US Copyright law into compliance with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances Phonograms Treaty. The DMCA also strengthened the legal protection of intellectual property rights in the wake of emerging new information communication technologies.

Agnes Scott College complies with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Distribution of copyrighted materials without permission can be a violation of federal law. Music, movies, video, or games that are downloaded via file sharing networks like KaZaA, Gnutella, Napster, Blubster, and eDonkey, are typically distributed without the permission of the copyright owner, and thus these downloads are illegal. The federal government and various organizations are very serious about enforcing the DMCA legislation and provisions. Violations of DMCA provisions can carry stiff fines and potential jail sentences. Agnes Scott College neither condones nor supports in any way the use of copyrighted material in ways in which it was not intended.

What should Agnes Scott faculty, staff and students do?
Very simply, do not download or distribute copyrighted materials without appropriate permissions. If you wish to download copyrighted material, find out how to acquire it legally and take appropriate steps to ensure your computer is not used for illegal file sharing.


This policy is made part of Agnes Scott College’s Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources

The designated agent to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II of the DMCA for Agnes Scott College is:

LaNeta M. Counts
Associate Vice President for Technology
141 E. College Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
Telephone: 404 471-6483