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Copyright Infringement Policy

Copyright Infringement Policy

Individuals using computers and networks at Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology are responsible for complying with copyright laws and the institute's policy and procedures for computer use. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 amends the federal copyright law to provide certain liability protections for online service providers when their computer systems or networks carry material that violates (infringe) copyright law.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing (either electronic mail or paper letter) and must include all the following elements:

  • A physical or electronic signature;
  • Identification of the infringed work;
  • Identification of the infringed material;
  • Contact information for the complainant, e.g. address, telephone number, electronic mail address;
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner or the law;
  • A statement that the information contained in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
Infringement claims should be sent to the College’s Designated Agent:

Julia Dunn.;, SPA
5620 Nolensville Pike;
Nashville TN, 37211
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 615.672.7800 ext. 700

The Institute's users should not download, upload, transmit, make available, or otherwise distribute copyrighted material without authorization using the institute's computer systems, networks, Internet access or storage media. This is inclusive of utilizing unlicensed/unauthorized peer-to-peer file services that would promote copyright infringement. Users who violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action as appropriate under the circumstances. Such disciplinary action may include suspension, dismissal, and other legal actions.

In addition to the complaint being handled by Shear Perfection Academy of Cosmetology, copyright owners may also take direct legal action against alleged infringers and subpoena the Institute for information about people sharing files. The No Electronic Theft (NET) Act provides for serious criminal penalties, including a fine of up to $250,000 and a potential jail sentence. Lack of knowledge about copyright infringement laws will not excuse one from legal consequences, or from action by the Institute. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the legality of their actions.

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