Take-Down Policy: Addressing Copyright Concerns

The UW–Madison Libraries make every effort to ensure that it has appropriate rights to ingest and provide access to content, including those granted under sections 107 (“Fair Use”) and 108 (preservation) of the U.S. Copyright Law. In some cases where the rights are unclear (e.g., when we encounter copyright information that, relative to the work in hand, is ambiguous or contradictory), we archive but do not provide access to the work. When necessary, the UW–Madison Libraries secure permission to use works that are in copyright. Parties who have questions or who wish to contest the use of specific works may contact the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center or General Library System Administration

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With all such communications, please include:

  • A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner. NOTE: If an agent is providing the notification, also include a statement that the agent is authorized to act on behalf of the owner.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Library to locate the material.
  • Contact information for the copyright owner or authorized agent.

The Library will respond to all correspondence in a timely fashion. If the Library is unable to determine in a timely fashion whether or not the use in question is in compliance with copyright law, the Library will cease providing access while further deliberations are undertaken. Depending on these determinations, the Library may restrict access to the work(s) in question, and may also cease providing long-term preservation resources to the digitized content.

The Library may work with the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Office of Legal Affairs to make determinations about appropriate use. Parties who wish to contest the Library’s uses of specific works may, at their discretion, issue a DMCA take-down notice. For further information on the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s DMCA compliance process, please see:


Approved by the GLS Executive Group
September 19, 2016