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Intellectual Property Rights
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Policy and Procedure for Claims of Copyright Infringement
PBSA expects all subscribers and users of its systems and Web site to comply with United States Copyright Laws. Under appropriate circumstances, repeat infringers will have their access to our systems and Web site terminated. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on this site in a way that constitutes a copyright infringement, you may notify us by providing our copyright agent with the following information, consistent with the requirements of 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3):
- The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright and the person authorized to act on the owner's behalf.
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed and a description of the infringing activity.
- Identification of the location where the original or authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists, for the example the URL on the Web site where it is posted or the name of the book or publication in which it has been published.
- Identification of the URL or other specific location on this site where the material that you claim is infringing is located; you must include enough information to allow us to locate the material.
- Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- A statement by you under penalty of perjury that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
Our agent for notice of claim of copyright infringement on this site can be reached as follows: email@example.com.
User Content and Submissions
You are solely responsible for the personal information, content (including, without limitation, works in any form, media, or technology whether now known or later developed), messages, audio, video, photos, text, images, compilations or other information (“User Content”) that you post on this Site. You agree that in submitting User Content or otherwise using this Site, you will not impersonate any person, or submit any materials to PBSA that are false, inaccurate, misleading, unlawful, or are otherwise in violation of your obligations under these terms and conditions.
PBSA may review and remove any User Content that, in its sole judgment, violates these terms and conditions, violates applicable laws, rules or regulations, is abusive, disruptive, offensive or illegal, or violates the rights of, or harms or threatens the safety of, users of this Site. PBSA reserves the right to expel users and prevent their further access to this Site for violating the terms and conditions set forth herein or applicable laws, rules or regulations. PBSA may take any action with respect to User Content that it deems necessary or appropriate in its sole discretion if it believes that such User Content could create liability for PBSA, damage PBSA’ brand or public image, or cause PBSA to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its ISPs or other suppliers.
The following is a partial list of User Content that is prohibited on this Site. The list below is for illustration only and is not a complete list of all prohibited User Content.
- is implicitly or explicitly offensive, such as User Content that engages in, endorses or promotes racism, bigotry, discrimination, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
- harasses, incites harassment or advocates harassment of any group or individual;
- involves the transmission of “junk mail,” “chain letters,” or unsolicited mass mailing or “spamming”;
- promotes or endorses false or misleading information or illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
- promotes or endorses an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person’s copyrighted work, such as providing or making available pirated computer programs or links to them, providing or making available information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing or making available pirated music or other media or links to pirated music or other media files;
- contains restricted or password only access pages, or hidden pages or images;
- displays or links to pornographic, indecent or sexually explicit material of any kind;
- provides or links to material that exploits people under the age of 18 in a sexual, violent or other manner, or solicits personal information from anyone under 18;
- provides instructional information about illegal activities or other activities prohibited by these terms and conditions, including without limitation, making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone’s privacy, providing or creating computer viruses or pirating any media; and/or
- solicits passwords or personal identifying information from other users of this Site.
We appreciate hearing from our users and welcome your comments regarding our services and this Site. Please be advised, however, that our policy does not permit us to accept or consider creative ideas, suggestions, inventions or materials other than those which we have specifically requested. While we do value your feedback on our services, please be specific in your comments regarding our services and do not submit creative ideas, inventions, suggestions, or materials. If, despite our request, you send us creative suggestions, ideas, drawings, concepts, inventions, or other information (collectively the "Submissions"), the Submissions shall be the property of PBSA. None of the Submissions shall be subject to any obligation of confidentiality on our part and we shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Submissions. PBSA shall own exclusively all now known or later discovered rights to the Submissions and shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Submissions for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you or any other person.
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PBSA respects the intellectual property rights of others, and requires users of the Site to do the same. If appropriate, PBSA reserves the right to terminate the registration of any user of an interactive feature of the Site who is responsible for copyright infringement.
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Limitation of Liability
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No Unlawful of Prohibited Use
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