Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice and Take Down Procedures
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows Internet Service Providers such as the College to
avoid liability for material posted on the ISP's site which infringes someone's copyright. In
order to qualify for this protection, the College must designate an agent for notification of
infringing material. The College must have no actual knowledge of the infringement or of circumstances
that would make the infringement apparent, and must act expeditiously after notification of possible
infringement remove or disable access to the alleged infringing material. Further the College must
not interfere with technical measures taken by owners of copyrights to protect their material.
There are technical requirements for the notification of infringement, and there are specified actions
the College must take in response, including immediately removing or disabling access to the material.
There are also procedures through which the person who posted the material may dispute the copyright
owner's allegation and have the material reposted. There are also specified penalties for copyright
owners who falsely allege infringement.
All of these procedures are set out in
Section 512 of the DMCA. A more user-friendly explanation
and application of these measures is provided on the
The WCC Policy designates the Dean of Learning Resources as the agent to receive notice from
copyright owners alleging infringement. The Dean, in consultation with counsel, will determine whether
to take advantage of the DMCA's protective procedures and what steps will be taken to handle the
Dean of Learning Resources
Phone: (734) 973-3427