Copyright & HEOA Guidelines

Higher Education Opportunity Act

H.R 4137 the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reducethe illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. These provisions include requirements that:

  • Institutions make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
  • Institutions certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to "effectively combat" the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
  • Institutions, "to the extent practicable," offer alternatives to illegal file sharing.
  • Institutions identify procedures for periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

Annual Disclosure

Consistent with our educational principles, we view education as the most important element in combating illegal sharing of copyrighted materials at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. We use a wide variety of methods to inform our community about the law and University of Wisconsin-Platteville's response to copyright infringement claims:

  • In order to use college computing resources, all students agree to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus. The AUP can be viewed here
  • During New Student Registration the new incoming class, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville ResNet Office provides a staffed table and information about copyright and piracy. The handout that is provided can be viewed here.
  • In order to gain access to the network in the residence halls on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus, students need to register their computer through NetReg. In this process, students will be asked 5 questions related to copyright and copyright law. Their computer is not active on the network until all 5 questions are answered correctly. If a question is answered wrong, the system will pick another 5 questions.
  • If the University of Wisconsin-Platteville receives a take-down notice from any copyright holder, the networking information (IP and MAC Address) will be tracked in the logs by our Information Technology Services (ITS) Department. An issue will be created in FootPrints, and the ResNet Manager will be notified along with the Electronic Communications Coordinator. Actions and sanctions will be followed in accordance with the copyright handbook, located here.

Plans to Effectively Combat the Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Material

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville currently deploys a Packeteer PacketShaper, more information can be located here.
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville also responds/acts upon all Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices according to policies within the "Copyright and You" handbook, located here.

Offering Alternatives to Illegal File-Sharing

  • The University of Wisconsin-Platteville website provides links to sites that provide legal options for obtaining music, videos, and other digital content. Members of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville are encouraged to take advantage of these legitimate sources of digital content. The page can be located here.

Reviewing Effectiveness

  • Beginning in Fall 2010-11 and periodically thereafter, we will review the number of DMCA/take down notices received and adjust the Packeteer definitions. We will also review our training and education material to keep it up-to-date.

Adopted June 2010, Modified November 2011

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