7. Copyright violations

OxCERT, in conjunction with ITS3, are responsible for dealing with notices of copyright infringements, received from agents acting on behalf of the copyright holder.

Upon receipt of the infringement notification, we will take measures to ensure that the infringing content is no longer served from the University network. Generally such measures take the form of a network block, or in the case of an infringement affecting a user of the OUCS VPN service, the appropriate remote access account will be disabled.

ITS3 will then promptly notify the the IT staff of the network on which the abuse was detected. In the case of VPN users, the user's college (in the case of students) or department (in the case of staff) will be notified. The unit should not make any contact with, or reply to, the complainant directly.

OUCS expect the unit to take appropriate disciplinary action, as it is important to make it very clear that this will not be tolerated. Following ICTC's recommendation and agreement from the Conference of Colleges, such infringements will incur an administrative charge from OUCS of £50 (plus VAT where appropriate).

Blocks will not be removed until ITS3 are satisfied that:
  • the system in question has been inspected by a member of the local IT staff, and cleared of any suspect material
  • the user responsible has been reminded of, and understands, the University network rules. It should be stressed that repeat offenders will be dealt with more severely, as should users taking deliberate measures to evade network blocks such as using unauthorised IP or MAC addresses.
To avoid any confusion, please state explicitly that such action has been undertaken when requesting that a block be removed. Please correspond with ITS3 as a reply to the initial notification. Do not contact OxCERT directly as we are not in a position to help, other than to pass your request back to ITS3.

Users should also be made aware that if they use the VPN from networks external to the University (for instance residential broadband), they are regarded just the same as any other user of the University network.

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