Oregon State University

Copyright Tutorial

Have you received a copyright infringement notice?

OSU does not actively search for instances of copyright infringement, however, the University does respond to complaints of illegal activity or inappropriate use taking place on the OSU network. Copyright owners and their representatives actively search for copyright infringements of their works. When a copyright holder discovers an instance of illegal file sharing originating from the OSU network they will send an official take-down notice to OSU. Upon receipt of this notice the university must take action to stop the alleged copyright infringement from continuing on its network.

All individuals implicated by a copyright infringement notice are required to complete the copyright tutorial and pass a 10-question quiz on the tutorial. The tutorial provides: (1) instructions on how to resolve the incident, (2) documentation that the complaint was forwarded to the user, and (3) and opportunity to learn about the basics of copyright law. Completing the tutorial and quiz is not an admission of guilt on the part of the user.

First-time copyright infringement notice:

The following steps are taken by University administration for a first-time copyright infringement notice:

  • A copyright infringement notice is sent to the user's ONID email address detailing the alleged copyright infringement.
  • The user is given 72 hours to participate in the copyright tutorial and pass the tutorial quiz.
  • If the user passes the tutorial quiz within 72 hours the incident is closed.
  • If the user does not pass the tutorial quiz within 72 hours, network access is disabled until the tutorial quiz is passed.
  • Once the user passes the tutorial quiz network access will be enabled within 2 business days and the incident is closed.
  • If the user does not pass the quiz there is a 4 hour delay before the quiz can be taken again.

Recurring copyright infringement notice(s):

The following steps are taken by University administration for subsequent copyright infringement notice(s):

  • A copyright infringement notice is sent to the user's ONID email address detailing the alleged copyright infringement.
  • Network access is disabled.
  • The incident is referred to the appropriate disciplinary office for a conduct meeting. For students, this is the office of Student Conduct & Community Standards; for staff, this is a department head and Human Resources; for faculty, this is a department chair and/or Dean.
  • Network access will only be restored upon recommendation by the appropriate disciplinary office.