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Alphabet Soup: A P2P, DMCA, and HEOA FAQ

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Abstract

Colleges and universities, like all Internet service providers, may benefit from the safe harbor provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), provided that they take certain steps. They must, however, comply with the notification and written plan to reduce illegal file sharing requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). In this 60-minute session, an attorney and two college DMCA agents will discuss the requirements that the DMCA and HEOA impose on our institutions in an effort to educate DMCA agents, CIOs, networking staff, and college attorneys alike on this complex topic. Joseph Storch of SUNY, Heidi Wachs of Georgetown, and Kent Wada of UCLA will decipher this “alphabet soup,” translating the legalese requirements into accessible English while answering frequently asked questions and offering best practices for compliance.

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