While most content (information, videos, music) posted on the Internet are free for you to use, there are still copyrighted content on the Internet. The copyrighted content are restricted files, such as videos, news articles, or music, that are owned by the artist or company who created the content and are not free for you to use unless you have written authorization to use the content. The downloading and/or sharing of copyrighted content is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
UHWO network is free to everyone in the UH Community to use for their academic pursuits but users must follow the acceptable use policy found in University of Hawaiʻi EP 2.210. If there is a violation (sample), UH West Oʻahu IT will be notified by the DMCA or other parties through a violation notice. Once UHWO IT has received the notice, they will launch an investigation into the violation and notify the user of the infraction. The user’s UH Username will be blocked from the use of the UH West Oʻahu and UH networks.
The user is required to meet with the IT Director to discuss the violation notice. If this is the user’s first offense, he/she will be informed that:
- an unauthorized download and sharing of copyrighted content was detected and that it is against UH policy
- all unauthorized content must be removed immediately by UHWO IT
- any subsequent violations of EP 2.210 and/or federal copyright laws will result in the referral of the user to the appropriate University of Hawaiʻi authority for further action
At this meeting, UHWO IT Director will discuss the violation and UH policies. The user will be required to read the UH EP 2.210 and sign the University’s Copyright Notification Letter. The user will also be cautioned about the consequences of a second infraction.
Upon a second notice of copyright infringement, the incident will be referred to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for disciplinary action if the user is a student. If the user is a faculty or staff, the incident will be referred to the appropriate Chancellor or Vice Chancellor of their division.
For questions, please contact IT Director, Therese Nakadomari via phone at 808-689-2414 or email.
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