Digital Millennium Copyright Act Compliance

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), enacted in 1998, updated copyright law to encompass the growing use of computers and the Internet.

Goucher College DMCA Agent for Notification

Pursuant to the Act, Goucher College has designated the following agent for notification of copyright infringement claims:

Hugh Dennis
Director of Risk Management & Contracts
Dorsey Center, Room 107C
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
Phone: 410-337-6325

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires the complainant to include certain information in the complaint. It specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing (either electronic mail or paper letter) and must include the following elements:

  • A physical or electronic signature
  • Identification of the infringed work
  • Identification of the infringed material
  • Contact information for the complainant (e.g., address, telephone number, electronic mail address)
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner or the law
  • A statement that the information contained in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Goucher College Copyright Policy

The college has developed a Copyright Policy for the campus.

Violations and Enforcement

Goucher College may terminate the computer rights and services of users who violate laws concerning computer usage or the College’s computer policies.

DMCA Information

A summary of the DMCA is available at the following web sites:

United States Copyright Office: Library of Congress

University of Texas System, Office of General Counsel: Complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act