Copyright Infringement Policy at New Paltz

Federal copyright law (Digital Millennium Copyright Act – DMCA) mandates that internet providers respond to all copyright infringements reported to them.

Copyrighted material includes: music, movies, software, books and other intellectual property.

SUNY New Paltz has a three (3) strike policy for students who violate the DMCA policy:

Strike One:

  • The user’s internet connection will be immediately shut down and he or she will be sent a violation notice identifying the copyrighted material in question.
  • The student must respond to all notifications in writing.  All users identified as violators will be forwarded automatically to a web page that contains required information and procedures.
  • A notice will be emailed to the user’s New Paltz email account with a copy of the original copyright infringement report attached.
  • Once the issue is resolved, the student’s internet connection will be unblocked.

Strike Two:

  • The student’s internet connection will be immediately shut down, a second violation notice will be sent to the user’s New Paltz email account, and the matter will be referred to the Student Affairs office for disciplinary action.
  • Depending on the circumstance and nature of the violation, possible disciplinary actions could range from penalties and probation to possible separation from the institution.
  • Once the issue has been resolved by Student Affairs, the student’s internet connection may be unblocked.

Strike Three:

  • The student’s internet connection will be permanently terminated and the third violation notice will be sent to the student’s New Paltz email account.
  • The matter will then be referred to Student Affairs for a final judicial hearing. Some violations may constitute criminal offenses, as defined by local, state, and federal laws.
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