When Missouri Western State University, as an ISP provider, receives a takedown DMCA notice regarding a particular user, the notice provides the user’s external IP address, infringement details, the date and time of the infringement. The user’s external IP is then traced to the internal IP, the MAC address, and finally to the user’s ID.
The user is then notified by email that their personal computer was used to reproduce and/or distribute unauthorized copies of one or more copyrighted recordings. The Director of IT Services and the System Administrator are also notified of the infringement.
The email states that this is a violation of federal copyright laws and the MWSU Computing Guidelines.
The email includes instructions for obtaining assistance in properly removing any illegal file(s) and the elimination of the file sharing capability within the file sharing application (e.g. Limewire, Gnutella, Frostwire, Napster, BitTorrent, etc.) used to distribute the file(s) from your computer.
The user is required to provide written confirmation of compliance, by emailing the ITS System Administrator by the date indicated in the original email.
A second violation results in the offender’s access to the campus network being deactivated. The offender must contact the ITS department and arrange to meet with an ITS staff member to discuss the reason for a second violation and to educate the offender regarding their illegal activities. The violation may be forwarded to the Computer Usage Hearing Panel. A third violation results in the offender’s access being deactivated and a hearing is scheduled with the Computer Usage Hearing Panel to determine disciplinary measures. The violation may be forwarded to the Dean of Students.