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DMCA Violations

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1999, it is illegal to distribute copyrighted material without the express consent of the copyright owner. Most material that is available through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing software, such as movies, television shows, and music, is illegal to download and distribute.


If ResNet is notified of a copyright violation against a device registered or authenticated under your username, ResNet will take the following actions for the violation. The actions taken vary for first, second, and third violations.

First Violation

  • Your connection is blocked from accessing the network until your computer is brought into ResNet for a security scan and meets the UCSD Minimum Network Connection Standards. You are given the option to be unblocked at this time.
  • You are required to complete a Copyright Violation Presentation course on Canvas within 7 days of completing the security scan. You are allowed to complete the course before doing the security scan. Failure to complete the course within 7 days of the scan will result in the suspension of your network connection.

Second Violation 

  • All actions from the first violation will apply.
  • You will be required to meet with a ResNet supervisor to discuss the violation.
  • Your case is referred to the Office of Student Conduct, who will institute the following:
    • The Officer of Student Conduct (i.e. your college Dean, Assistant Dean, Director of Student Conduct) overseeing your case will determine when your network connection is restored.
    • You may be subject to sanctions as laid out in the UCSD Student Conduct Code. These may include fines, disciplinary probation, essay, and/or ethics class.
    • A disciplinary record is created and added to your permanent student record.

Third Violation

  • All actions from the second violation will apply.
  • An Officer of Student Conduct will determine if additional sanctions are required. These may include extended disciplinary probation, additional fines, and/or suspension from the university.
  • Your network connection is blocked permanently, unless extreme circumstances exist. These are handled on a case-by-case basis and you are given no guarantee as to the restoration of your network connection.

If your network connection has been blocked for a copyright violation, please reach out to the ITS Service Desk. A technician will be able to assist you with next steps to resolve your violation.


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