Copyright Protection Policy and Illegal File Sharing

Copyright Protection Policy

It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to respect the copyright protections given to authors, owners, and publishers under federal law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). It is against University policy for any student, faculty, or staff member to copy, reproduce, or distribute any software, music, games, or movies, or any other copyrighted work, on University computing equipment except as expressly permitted by a license agreement or with the written consent of the copyright holder or as otherwise permitted under federal law. Willful infringement may subject a student, faculty, or staff member to University discipline and may impact the privilege to use information technology resources at the University. Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights of reproduction or distribution. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney’s fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce his or her rights. In addition, it is a criminal offense to violate Sections 1201 or 1202 of the DMCA willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain. Penalties range up to a $500,000 fine or up to five years imprisonment for a first offense, and up to a $1,000,000 fine or up to 10 years imprisonment for subsequent offenses.

If you believe that your intellectual property has been used in a way that constitutes copyright infringement in any materials available on the University’s network, you are entitled to submit a notification of claimed infringement (a “Takedown Notice”) to the University’s designated agent under the DMCA (the “Designated Agent”). The contact information for the University’s Designated Agent is included below. To comply with the requirements of the DMCA, your Takedown Notice must include certain required elements as set forth in the DMCA. The University will review and respond to all Takedown Notices that include the required elements and that are submitted to the University’s Designated Agent in accordance with the DMCA.

DMCA Designated Agent

Designated Agent:
John Duska
University of Pittsburgh-Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
4200 Fifth Ave.
750 Cathedral of Learning
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-4357


Service Provider:

University of Pittsburgh-Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education

4200 Fifth Ave.
750 Cathedral of Learning

Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Alternate Names for Service Provider:

“University Pittsburgh” and “Pitt”

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