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Copyright and File Sharing Policy at UVa

UVa Policies on Copyright and Intellectual Property

If you are interested in the topic of the Digtial Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), look here for sources for broader research.

Simply stated, the University's policy is to respect copyright laws. The people who create and own digital materials are afforded certain copyright protections by federal law. If you compromise those protections by using copyrighted materials in an unlawful way, you are also violating UVa policy.

What is the DMCA?

"DMCA" is the acronym for the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998. This legislation was enacted by the U.S. Congress in order to meet the unique challenges to traditional copyright law that were posed by digital media. UVa's policies with regard to notification of digital copyright violators and sanctions on abuse are based on the provisions of the DMCA. You can read more about the DMCA at Wikipedia.

You can find the U.S. Copyright Office's summary of the DMCA at

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