TO COMBAT UNAUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTION OF COPYRIGHT
MATERIAL BY USERS OF UNC-CHAPEL HILL NETWORK
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) (Pub. L. 110‐315) added provisions to the
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, (HEA) requiring institutions, including the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to take steps to combat the unauthorized distribution of
copyrighted materials through illegal downloading or peer‐to‐peer distribution of intellectual
property. On October 29, 2009, the Department published final regulations implementing the
statutory requirements (74 FR 55902). These regulations go into effect July 1, 2010. Under 34
CFR 668.14(b)(30), an institution, as a condition of participation in any Title IV, HEA program,
must have developed and implemented written plans to effectively combat the unauthorized
distribution of copyrighted material by users of the institution's network without unduly
interfering with the educational and research use of the network.
The following is the Institutional Plan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will
be reviewed and updated periodically.
Part 1: The plan to effectively combat copyright infringement
1-1.What is the primary link to the University’s relevant infringement Web page(s)?
UNC-Chapel Hill website on filesharing (http://security.unc.edu/filesharing)
1-2. Which technology-based deterrent(s) are in place at UNC-Chapel Hill?
UNC-Chapel Hill employs bandwidth throttling across the campus network and blocks
filesharing protocols such as LimeWire in student dormitories via in-line IPS devices.
Also, as part of its procedures for handling unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, the
University’s Information Security Office (ISO) identifies the responsible computer owner
through review of the network usage logs and disables the relevant computer hardware address.
1-3. What mechanism(s) are you using to educate your community?
The University maintains a filesharing websi