Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Amherst Telephone Company Policy and Procedures for Compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Public Law 105-304)

Amherst Telephone Company, in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

(http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/legislation/hr2281.pdf) has adopted the following policy toward copyright infringements:

"Amherst Telephone Company will block access to and/or remove any material that it believes in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our users. And furthermore will permanently remove and discontinue service to any repeat offender."

This policy shall cover all aspects of network services provided by Amherst Telephone Company, including but not limited to Internet Access, Web Pages and News Groups.

Procedure for Reporting Copyright Infringements:

A formal notice of Copyright Infringement containing the following information:

A) Identification of what is being infringed B)Where the infringements are located C) Who is complaining D) How he or she may be contacted E) A statement of good faith belief that the material is infringing F) A statement made under threat of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the complaint is authorized by the copyright holder.

The notice must be sent to the following Designated Copyright Infringement Agent for Amherst Telephone Company:

Matt Yach

Amherst Telephone Company c/o Airstream Communications, LLC

800 Wisconsin Street, Mailbox 107

Building D02 Suite 219

Eau Claire, WI 54703

715-832-3732

Or via E-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Once this information is received:

  • The infringing user will be notified of the situation as soon as possible.

  • The infringing material or site will be blocked if the user takes no action.

  • First time offenders will have the infringing material removed.

  • Repeat offenders may be removed permanently from the system.

  • The infringing user is responsible for all monthly recurring charges to Amherst Telephone Company even though their service (s) may be blocked up until the time that they disconnect service.

The user may supply a counter-notice that must include the following:

  • A statement that the user has a good faith belief that the removal was a result of a misidentification on our part

  • A complete listing of the user's contact information

  • A consent to jurisdiction in Federal Court

If this counter-notice is received by the Amherst Telephone Company Copyright Agent:

  • A copy of the counter-notice will be sent to the original complaining party.

  • The user's material and access will be restored in 10 to 14 days unless the Amherst Telephone Company Copyright

  • Agent is informed that a lawsuit has been filed over the infringing material.

Notice: Amherst Telephone Company will look into any complaints it receives pertaining to material that may be in violation of any of the following Federal Acts:

  • The Sexual Predators Act

  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

  • The Child Online Protection Act

  • The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

If any material is believed in good faith by Amherst Telephone Company to be in violation of any these acts, it will be blocked or removed, and the proper authorities will be notified of this action. Amherst Telephone Company reserves the right to revise this policy at any time it deems appropriate.

Revised 8/20/2009

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