[Faccus] Memo to Campus Community re the Copyright Act's Notice and Notice Regime

Bruce Campbell bruce at uwaterloo.ca
Wed Oct 12 15:37:25 EDT 2016

We had an item in todays DB re the 'Notice and Notice' regime https://uwaterloo.ca/daily-bulletin/2016-10-12#the-copyright-act-s-notice-and-notice-regime-an-explainer
And within the next week or so, the memo below will be emailed to all students and employees.


519-888-4567, ext. 44357


University of Waterloo Campus Community


Bruce Campbell, Chief Information Officer


October 12, 2016


The Copyright Act's Notice and Notice Regime

On January 2, 2015, the Notice and Notice regime of the Copyright Modernization Act came into force. The goal of the Notice and Notice regime is to discourage online copyright infringement.

What is the Notice and Notice regime ?

When a copyright owner thinks that an Internet user might be infringing their copyright, they can send a notice of alleged infringement to the user's Internet service provider (ISP). Under the Notice and Notice regime, the University is considered an ISP. The Notice and Notice regime requires that the University forward notices of alleged infringement to users, and then inform the copyright owners once this has been done.

If you receive a notice

Receiving a notice does not necessarily mean that you have in fact infringed copyright or that you will be sued for copyright infringement. The Notice and Notice regime does not impose any obligations on someone who receives a notice and it does not require you to contact the copyright owner or the intermediary. The information provided by the copyright owner should help you understand the details of the alleged infringement. The IST Service Desk<https://uwaterloo.ca/information-systems-technology/services/ist-service-desks> can also help in terms of understanding the reasons why you were forwarded a notice.

Does the University take any action beyond what is required under the Notice and Notice regime ?

In addition to being contrary to the Copyright Act, illegal sharing of copyrighted materials is also misuse of University resources, being contrary to the Residence Terms and Conditions<https://uwaterloo.ca/housing/fees-contracts/terms-conditions> , and the Guidelines on use of Waterloo computing and network resources<https://uwaterloo.ca/information-systems-technology/about/policies-standards-and-guidelines/campus-network/guidelines-use-waterloo-computing-and-network-resources>.

The University may take steps to protect resources from misuse, and protect the rights of copyright owners, independently from any action required under the Notice and Notice regime.

Additional information

For additional information, see https://uwaterloo.ca/information-systems-technology/notice-and-notice or the Government of Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs site at https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/oca-bc.nsf/eng/ca02920.html

The University of Waterloo's Copyright Guidelines site at https://uwaterloo.ca/copyright-guidelines includes our Fair Dealing Advisory regarding provisions in the Copyright Act that permit use of a copyright-protected work without permission from the copyright owner or the payment of copyright royalties.

Bruce Campbell
Chief Information Officer
EC2 2116
(519)888-4567 x84800
bruce.campbell at uwaterloo.ca<mailto:bruce.campbell at uwaterloo.ca>
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
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