Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

On October 28, 1998, Congress signed into law the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which provides certain limitations of copyright infringement liability for Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as a computer server in the northwestern.edu domain. In order to take advantage of certain protections from liability, ISP must designate an agent. The agent must be registered with the United States Copyright Office, and the agent contact information must be posted on a Web page accessible to the public. The designated DMCA Agent receives and investigates alleged copyright infringements. Roger Safian is the DMCA Agent for Northwestern University. Northwestern University Associate General Counsel, John Calkins, also represents the University when investigating an alleged copyright infringement.

Why could my port be turned off?

Administrators of computers, systems and networks have the responsibility to protect the rights of users, to set policies, consistent with those rights, and to publicize those policies to those users. Violation of these policies may result in action by NUIT, which could include turning off your port. Reasons your port could be turned off:

  • Operation of a network-intensive application or a defective computer, either of which overloads networks (bandwidth management)
  • An imminent hazard, such as a computer virus, that disrupts the activities of others (get control)
  • Repeat infringers of third-party copyrights are subject to termination of computer privileges in appropriate circumstances

What could happen to me if my port is turned off?

We may notify you by e-mail stating that your University network has been disabled for security reasons. You can call the Network Operations Center (847/467-6662) to speak with the Information Security Coordinator. If you move the network connection to other Ethernet ports, those ports may be disabled as well and may affect many other persons connected to the network.

Policies and Guidelines