Material Protection & Copyright
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Procedures:
When we receive proper notice that your website infringes the copyrights of another, we have a legal obligation, per Title 17 United States Code, Section 512, to "respond expeditiously to take the material down or block access to it."
The procedure we follow, given our reading the DMCA [Title 17 United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)], is as follows:
If we receive "proper notification" of an infringing website (or court order), we "deactivate" the website and send an email notice to both our customer and the individual or organization issuing the "proper notification." If we receive "notification," but it is not proper, we will use our best judgment to ascertain whether the website does indeed infringe on the copyrights asserted by the notification. If we deem the website to infringe, we follow the activities in Step 1 above.
If we cannot validate infringing activity, we will not "deactivate" the website, but instead send an email notice to both Customer and the individual or organization issuing the "notification" (hereinafter "Complaining Party") with a statement that we opted to not "deactivate" the website because notice was not proper, and we could not determine copyright infringement; and we then request either proper notification or a court order.
If we do "deactivate" your website because of "proper notification" (not court order), you can submit a "proper counter notification" to us indicating that "the material was removed or disabled through mistake or misidentification," we have 10-14 business days (legally, although we will attempt to do this in 24 hours or less) to reactivate your website after receiving proper counter notification, assuming you (or we) have not received a court order to the contrary.
Proper Notice of Copyright Infringement: [Title 17 United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)(A)].
For "proper notice," we require (1) a physical or electronic signature of copyright holder or authorization to act on behalf the copyright holder; (2) Identification of the copyright work alleged to be infringed on the website; (3) Identification of the material that is infringing or the subject of infringing activity; (4) Information necessary for us to contact the Complaining Party; (5) A statement that the Complaining Party has a good-faith belief that material alleged to be infringing is not authorized by the copyright holder; and (6) A statement that "the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the Complaining Party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed."
Proper Counter Notification: [Title 17 United States Code, Section 512(g)(3)].
For "proper counter notification," we require (1) Your physical or electronic signature; (2) Identification of the material which has been removed, disabled or deactivated; (3) A statement "under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;" and (4) Your name, address, telephone number and a statement that you "consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for the United States District Court, District of New Mexico, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person."
Deactivation does not necessarily mean deletion. Unless under court order, or if we judge your website content to contain prohibited content, we will not delete your website content when deactivated because of "proper notification" of copyright infringement. Your website content will remain on our servers for as long as your account remains in good standing with Company.
Trademark Infringement is any use of a trademark, service mark, trade dress or other identifying mark, word, phrase, color, picture or layout that could lead to a likelihood of confusion between you and the legitimate holder of a valid trade or service mark. For the purposes of this AUP, a "valid trade or service mark" is defined as another entity that either has a registered mark in a WTO signatory country (http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/tif_e/org6_e.htm), or can prove prior use.
There are relatively few "safe harbor" provisions or exceptions in United States Trademark law that limit our liability to a Customer's infringing activity of a trademark. Therefore, we take notices of alleged trademark infringement seriously, and with few exceptions, will require Customers to quickly comply.
There are fair use exceptions to trademark protections. We will allow Customer to use another's trademark in fair use situations, but we apply a rather restrictive view on the meaning of fair use. If there is any possibility of a likelihood of confusion as to the originator of the offerings (product, service or information) on your website, we will side with the complaining party.
Alleged Trademark Infringement Procedure:
When our Company receives notice of alleged trademark infringement activity, we will act as follows:
Submit a notice to the Customer.
If we believe there is any merit to the notice, we will give the Customer a predetermined amount of time (usually 48 hours) to take corrective action or provide unequivocal proof of either (a) permission to use trademark, or (b) that the Customer's use of trademark is superior to complaining party.
If the Customer fails to take corrective action, or fails to respond with unequivocal proof as required above, we will deactivate the account.
Under no circumstances will we provide a backup of an account terminated or suspended for violations.
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