The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) details three requirements by Higher Education institutions regarding copyrighted materials:
WVSOM adheres to this requirement by posting to the public web site the Acceptable Use Policy GA-31 Section 13.11 regarding unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing and Copyright Policy E-40 . The WVSOM Information Technology Department provides information on both policies during student orientation each year. Additionally, the Library Director directs patrons on appropriate copyright compliance.
WVSOM requires that all campus constituents comply with federal copyright law. Institutional Policy E-40 specifically addresses this. WVSOM has provided Copyright Guidelines that summarize United States Copyright laws and provides guidance for the standardized use of copyrighted works by WVSOM faculty, students, staff, and administrators in a manner compliant with Title 17 U.S. Code, the United States Copyright Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and the TEACH Act.
For more information, please see the web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at , especially their FAQ's.
Unauthorized use of copyright protected material may include but is not limited to: software, written word, graphic images, music or audio files, movies, and other digitized material. The IT Department combats unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials on the WVSOM network by
WVSOM’s Library web page where terms of licensing for resources and royalty-free materials are posted for use by the WVSOM community.
WVSOM encourages the use of legitimate download services by directing network users to legal alternatives that may be accessed from the EDUCAUSE website.
WVSOM’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act process can be utilized to report and respond to any possible violation or infringement of copyright law. WVSOM has registered its designated agent with the U.S. Copyright Office for the DMCA process. In coordination with WVSOM’s agent and the Office of General Counsel, a response to the copyright allegations will be reviewed in accordance with the law. Allegations submitted for review must include:
After the review, the DMCA agent acting on behalf of WVSOM will seek the appropriate resolution and resolve the matter with the complainant. During the process the web pages that are being reviewed will be taken down until the web master has been instructed regarding the permanent resolution to the complaint.
WVSOM will assess the effectiveness of compliance to DMCA and the HEOA through the annual reviews of the DMCA process to resolve complaints and the statistical analysis of software/hardware related deterrents used by the Information Technology Department’s network infrastructure.