CopySense Network Appliance

Educate Digital Citizens & Reduce DMCA Workload

on Campus IT Networks


The key to successfully managing media piracy on an educational institution’s IT network resides in education – the exact thing you do best. Your best tool for educating good digital citizens and reducing your DMCA takedown workload is Audible Magic’s CopySense® Network Appliance. The CopySense Appliance is a simple automated solution that plugs into your existing network. It distinguishes between legal and illegal file sharing, and it automatically responds to violators with direct messages reminding them of campus network usage policies. It also allows you to implement increasing levels of restriction for repeat offenders.

The CopySense® Appliance balances an educational institution’s need to manage their network against copyright infringement and other illegitimate uses while still offering unfettered network access for legitimate peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing for research and education purposes. The appliance uses Audible Magic’s patented content recognition technology to accurately identify the transfers of commercially registered audio or video files. The flexibility of Audible Magic’s technology enables a university to match product capabilities with their own unique set of network use policies and disciplinary actions.

The CopySense Appliance includes Audible Magic’s unique Graduated Response system, which is an automated way to educate users on network policies. At the time of an infraction, Graduated Response immediately and automatically responds with messaging to the user. With your users’ attention focused on the just attempted event, you take full advantage of the teachable moment. The result is a new generation of educated and law-abiding digital citizens and a subsequent reduction in DMCA take-down notices. Graduated Response is fully customizable so you can communicate specific campus network use policies, provide information on the appropriate use of copyrighted intellectual property and/or apply appropriate sanctions.

Graduated Response is completely automated, saving you save time, staffing and money. The CopySense Appliance promotes academic freedom by enabling educational institutions to allow unrestricted and uninterrupted network access to P2P networks for legitimate file sharing as opposed to completely blocking P2P networks.

The CopySense Appliance also allows educational institutions to remain compliant with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, which requires compliance with and control/education of any students involved with the illegal sharing of commercially registered copyright content.

The CopySense® Appliance functions as a passive network device that works in a “pass-by” mode, monitoring mirrored traffic from your firewall. It performs a “fingerprint-matching” function on publicly shared P2P traffic to compare characteristic “fingerprints” of audio and video content against a database of commercially registered media content. No action is performed on shared content unless it matches a fingerprint registered by a copyright owner. A match indicates copyrighted material that is being shared illegally.

Using matching information and the context of the violation (1st infraction, 2nd infraction, etc.) the CopySense Appliance invokes a TCP redirect to focus user attention to an educational page warning them of their action and requiring them to read about and accept campus policy, thus employing a teachable moment. Using this process, called Graduated Response, the appliance is able to respond to repeat offenders by raising the sanction level including stopping network access unless the user speaks to Student Services.

Since the appliance is not an in-line device, it does not introduce any latency in the network. Any potential device failure will have no effect on normal network operations.

The CopySense Appliance is not an eavesdropping device. It contains no voice recognition or video image recognition. The CopySense Appliance respects user privacy by only responding when media content matching a registered fingerprint is being shared publicly across the Internet. On all other content, no action is taken.


Easy Installation, Setup and Management
The CopySense® Appliance comes pre-configured in a 1-U rack system. Simply connect to your network via two LAN connections – one listening to network traffic via a mirror port or a passive tap, and the other to provide control information back to the network.

Easy Report Generation
A variety of report formats have been designed to inform you about file sharing activity on your network. These reports show P2P bandwidth utilization versus your total bandwidth over time, number of infringing transfers over time, and more detailed reports containing a list of copyrighted files uploaded from or downloaded to your network. These reports can also be exported in csv, xml, or html formats.

Automate management and administration of campus network usage policies
The CopySense Appliance automates the management and administration of your campus wide network usage policies by communicating and educating users who violate these policies by sharing content illegally via peer-to-peer networks. No additional steps have to be taken by Campus IT staff or network administrators unless a sanction is issued or a user continues to violate campus policies.

Integration with your Radius and DHCP Servers
By integrating with your Radius and DHCP servers, the CopySense Appliance is able to identify users and continue to manage them through the different Graduated Response levels that increase in severity with every continued infraction. Only when the users hit the highest tier do Campus IT or Student Services need be involved.

Customize rules to identify illegal sharing of confidential material
Network administrators can add additional rules to either capture additional transfers or to allow for the unsanctioned sharing of certain types of content. This is done in accordance with campus network policies to suit every university’s unique needs.

Automatic Signature Updates via a subscription service
The AutoUpdate Subscription Service provides each CopySense Appliance with daily downloaded updates including newly registered copyright information and new detection methods to tackle countermeasures from third parties. This is similar to how antivirus and antispam software keep current with the latest detection methods

Physical Dimensions
Form Factor 1U Rackmount
Height 1.7″ (43mm)
Width 17.2″ (437mm)
Depth 14.5″ (369mm)
Weight Gross Weight: 16.2 lbs (7.4kg)
Net Weight: 12 lbs (5.3kg)
Power & Cooling
Power Supply 350W AC power supply w/PFC
AC Voltage 100-240 V, 50-60 Hz, 4.2-1.8 Amp
Fans 2x 4cm 4-pin PWM fans
Operating Environment / Compliance
Operating Temperature 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F)
Non-operating Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Operating Relative Humidity 8% to 90% (non-condensing)
Non-operating Relative Humidity 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
RoHS RoHS2 (2011/65/EU) Compliant

The CopySense® Appliance gives you the flexibility to best meet the unique needs for your campus and your budget. Pricing is based on the number of users on the campus network and the network bandwidth to be monitored.

If you would like to talk about purchasing this product or if you have any additional questions, we invite you to contact Audible Magic

What Our Customers Are Saying
Northern Michigan University

“When we made the list of top university downloaders, we knew things needed to change. We turned to Audible Magic for help.”
-David Maki, IT Director
University Of Florida“This is a population that comes to school accustomed to the illegal sharing of files across P2P networks. Our aim is to provide open but secure access – it’s a balancing act. Audible Magic’s CopySense appliance gives us that balance. Great company. Great product. We are very pleased.”
-Charles Benjamin, Senior IT Specialist