Copyright Infringement (DMCA)

Interim Designated DMCA Agent

DMCA Agent Vanderbilt University 1231 18th Avenue South 143 Hill Center / PD Box 34 Nashville, Tennessee 37212

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a 1998 United States copyright law that criminalizes the unauthorized use and duplication of copyrighted material. 

"protects the original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device".

  • Copyright material examples

    Examples of materials that may be copyrighted may include, but are not limited to:

    • digital images
    • music
    • movies
    • video games
    • software
  • Infringement examples

    Downloading or sharing of copyrighted materials without appropriate permission, attribution, or license is considered a DMCA infringement. Engaging in such activities using Vanderbilt technology, including the Vanderbilt network, additionally violates institutional policy.

A copyright holder with an infringement claim may submit a take down notice to Vanderbilt University's Interim Designated DMCA Agent. All notices must be in writing with the following information included:

  1. Identify the copyrighted work that has been allegedly infringed. If multiple works at a single online site are involved, provide a list.
  2. Describe the material and provide sufficient information to permit Vanderbilt to locate that material.
  3. Provide your contact information, including an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email.
  4. Certify or include a statement that you have a good faith belief that the material's use is not authorized by the copyright owner, the owner’ agent, or law.
  5. Certify that the information provided is accurate. You should attest under penalty of perjury that you are authorized to enforce the copyrights that you allege have been infringed.
  6. Include your physical or electronic signature.

The University may not be able to act on your complaint promptly or at all if you do not provide this information.

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