Copyright Infringement Policy Statement

Headquarters Academy of Hair Design expects all members of the school community to follow prescribed procedures to determine the ownership of copyrights and manage copyrights owned by the university.
Entities Affected by this Policy: Students, Staff and Instructors

Copyright Policies and Procedures for Handling Violations

This document is intended to explain the policies and procedures Headquarters Academy of Hair Design follows in responding to notifications of alleged copyright infringements on the University network.

What is copyright?

Copyright is legal protection of intellectual property, in whatever medium, that is provided for by the laws of the United States to the owners of copyright. Copyright works include, but are not limited to, literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, pictorial, graphic and film. Many people understand that printed works, such as books and articles, are covered by copyright laws.  However, many are not aware that the protection extends to software, digital works, etc.

What is the current law concerning digital copyright?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), signed into law in 1998, and offers the HAHD some minimum protection from copyright infringement activities of staff, students and instructors.  In order obtain this protection, the HAHD must be active in taking down or otherwise blocking access to infringing material whenever it is brought to our attention.  This is the case whether or not the individual who is infringing has received notice.

DMCA infractions can result in serious consequences.  Both HAHD and individuals can be subject to the substantial damages for copyright infringement incidents relating to the use of HAHSD network services. In a civil action, the individual infringer may be liable for either actual damages or statutory damages of up to $30,000 (which may be increased to up to $150,000 if the court finds the infringement was willful). In addition, individual infringers may be subject to criminal prosecution. Criminal penalties include up to ten years imprisonment depending on the nature of the violation.

DMCA Summary:


What kinds of activities violate federal copyright law?

Following are some examples of copyright infringement that may be found in a university setting:

  • Downloading and sharing MP3 files of music, videos, and games without permission of the copyright owner
  • Photocopies, scans or other replications of copyrighted materials in books, magazines etc.
  • Using corporate logos without permission
  • Placing an electronic copy of a standardized test on a department's web site without permission of the copyright owner
  • Scanning a photograph that has been published and using it without permission or attribution
  • Downloading licensed software from non-authorized sites without the permission of the copyright or license holder
  • Sharing a movie file a web site without permission of the copyright owner

Procedures for combating Copyright infringement:Reporting Copyright Infringement:

Reports of copyright infrindgement should be directed to:

Library of Congress, Copyright Office, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20559.

The Public Information Office telephone number is (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 (toll free). To order Copyright Office publications, the number is (202) 707-9100.


Consequences of Copyright Infringement:

Students who violate this policy with respect to copyright infringement and illegal downloading will be held accountable through the HAHD student conduct process. Minor first time offenses subject students to a disciplinary reprimand. If an infraction occurs on the  campus network a student will be required to remove that device from the network until the device is cleaned and inspected. 
Repeat offenders may have their network privileges temporarily or permanently revoked; prolific or chronic offenders may face suspension from the institution, and/or permanent loss of computer privileges. As noted above, a student may face criminal or civil action in addition to any administrative response from the university.

Responsible Use and alternatives:

Official Copyright guidance:
Other Resources for clarifying copyright infringement and fair use: