DMCA Notice Resource

This page contains procedures and documents regarding how Chico State handles DMCA Violation Notices, the most common document served to universities by copyright holders in response to illegal sharing of copyrighted material. For information on other possible consequences of illegal file sharing, please see the DMCA Consequences page. Email with any questions.

The process, in general

  1. The university receives a notice from a copyright holder (e.g. The MPAA, the RIAA, Sony/Columbia).
  2. IT Support Services determines the owner of the computer that was sharing the files and the following actions are taken:
    • The computer is temporarily removed from the network.
    • An email is sent to the student's WildcatMail account.
    • A copy of the notice is sent to University Housing and Food Services
  3. At this point, if the resident tries to navigate to any web page from his/her computer he/she will be presented with a page warning that the computer has been blocked from the network due to illegal file-sharing. A copy of the original notice is displayed on this page. In order for the resident's computer to be reconnected to the network, the resident must:
    1. Read the contents of the warning page.
    2. Acknowledge that he/she has read and understands the contents of the page by clicking a button at the bottom of the page.
  4. The computer will then be allowed back on to ResNet, and an email confirming that the resident has read the page will be sent to the resident's Wildcat Mail account and the ResNet coordinator.

Repeat Offenders

If the university receives a notice for a resident that has already gone through the above process, that resident will face disciplinary action with Student Judicial Affairs, and could have his or her connection to ResNet suspended indefinitely.

Related documents

  • Reminder Mailer/Email (PDF):
    The reminder mailer and email that is sent to all residents when they move in and periodically during the school year.
  • File Sharing Advisory (PDF):
    This is mailed to each resident before they move in.
  • Violation Notice Email (PDF):
    The email sent to a student when their computer is taken offline.
  • Example DMCA Notice (PDF):
    An example of the notices that the university receives from copyright holders. IT Support Services uses the IP address and timestamp in the notice to determine which computer was sharing the files.