Bentley University DMCA Policy

  1. Overview and Purpose
  2. Scope
  3. Policy
  4. University DMCA Agent
  5. Exceptions
  6. Enforcement
  7. Policy Support Contact
  8. Approval and Revisions
  9. Supporting Documentation

1.0 Overview and Purpose

The distribution of copyrighted material, which includes but is not limited to music, movies, videos, software, games and other kinds of copyright-protected and non-copyright-protected information, for which you do not have the owner's permission, is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), university policy and criminal and civil laws. Moreover, using these programs may contribute to an excessive consumption of bandwidth and create a potential security risk, all of which are violations of university policy.

2.0 Scope

This policy applies to Bentley University faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and other personnel who are granted privileges to the Bentley University network and its resources.

3.0 Policy

As part of Bentley’s compliance with the DMCA and federal copyright law, the university employs network monitoring tools to combat DMCA violations. There is also a designated DMCA Agent who responds to notices of copyright violations. When the university receives a notice alleging copyright infringement, Bentley’s DMCA agent works with staff in Information Technology, Human Resources and Student Affairs to research and adequately address the infringement as follows.

  • The University DMCA Agent assesses the DMCA notice to ensure that it conforms to the statutory requirements.
  • The University DMCA Agent requests that IT staff attempt to identify the individual responsible for possible copyright infringement using the Internet location of the allegedly infringing materials supplied in the notice.
  • If IT staff members are unable to identify the responsible individual, they will send the DMCA notice back to the DMCA Agent noting that it is not possible to identify the responsible individual.
  • When IT staff members identify the responsible individual as a student, they will forward that information to the DMCA Agent and the Dean of Student Affairs. The Dean of Student Affairs will address the infringement through Bentley’s judicial process.
  • When IT staff identity the responsible individual as an employee, they will forward that information to the DMCA Agent and the Director of Human Resources. The Director of Human Resources will address the infringement in accordance with Bentley’s Human Resources policies.
  • If the file-sharing and copyright infringement has been non-intentional, for example, as the result of computer compromise or "hacking", the student or employee will be instructed to work with Bentley’s Help Desk to repair and secure the computer system.

4.0 University DMCA Agent

Phillip Knutel, Executive Director, Academic Technology, Library & Online Learning

5.0 Exceptions

Any exceptions to this policy are to be reviewed and approved by the Information Security and Privacy Administrator in consultation with the Information Privacy Committee as needed.

6.0 Enforcement

As described in Bentley University’s Acceptable Usage Policy, anyone found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination of employment, expulsion as a student, and legal action. Violations of copyright law may result in temporary or permanent loss of access rights, fines, and assignment of financial responsibility.

7.0 Policy Support Contact

8.0 Approval and Revisions

This policy is approved by the Information Privacy Committee. The policy is reviewed on an annual basis and updated as needed.

  • Revision v1 - 05/15/2010
  • Revision v2 - 09/30/2013

9.0 Supporting Documentation

This policy is supported by the following policies, procedures, and/or guidelines;