When availing June Spring Multimedia products and services you agree that all content will fully comply with our Acceptable Content Policy. June Spring Multimedia will reserve the right to decline or cease production when others intellectual property is being compromised or potentially infringed.
Consult this policy guide when you consider utilizing content with or from June Spring Multimedia to avoid potential infringement. Information, content, and design produced or submitted to June Spring Multimedia will always be subject to review by our team, regardless of past use with June Spring Multimedia or other companies. It is relevant that while maintaining artistic freedom we also respect the rights of intellectual property which may belong to others.
To help you understand the existing frame of laws when availing June Spring Multimedia products and services, information on intellectual property is provided below for your guidance. This, however, is content only. For specific advice, it’s best to seek proper legal counsel.
This is not a complete list. If in doubt, it’s best to consult with an Attorney.
Copyright is a legal and exclusive right to an originator to produce, distribute, exploit, license, and sell original works in all forms whether written, print, picture, video or audio. It is to protect the originator from others copying, reproducing or selling original work without authorization. Works granted such right by law after January 1, 1978, are protected for a lifetime of the originator and for a period of 70 years following death. Any material, may it be content or image, that is publicly available on and offline are mostly protected by copyright, so refrain from copying without asking for proper permission. To determine the duration of copyright protection consult Copyright Act Title 17 of the United States Code.
Trademark is a symbol, logo, brand and even a name or word that represents the products of an individual or company. Trademark law prevents unfair competition, it prevents you from using another’s trademark on your product/merchandise to avoid confusion on the consumer’s part. For more information on trademarks visit United States Patent and Trademark Office and the federal law on trademarks (U.S.C. Title 15).
Individuals reserve the right to privacy. Public disclosure of private information is an invasion of this right. Since a person’s identity also may create and carry a commercial advantage, it is illegal to use in most content. This right protects the person’s distinctive identity and characteristics.
Simply because an image is found on the Internet does not mean that it is in the public domain or available for commercial use on merchandise. You should assume that you cannot use the image unless the author has explicitly granted you a license to use it or it is in the public domain. Further, a person who posts an image on the Internet and claims that you are free to use it may not have had the right to post the image in the first place. Thus, your use of the image may violate the rights of the actual copyright owner.
In general sense, “fair use” is copying copyrighted materials for the purpose of criticism, commentary, reporting, teach and research. By law the term “fair” is determined by its purpose of use, amount of work used, nature of copyrighted work and effect upon the copyright holder’s potential market for the work. Fair use has its shady aspect that can present difficult circumstances even for experts, though it is still applicable in defense of many works. So it is still best to consult an attorney before using materials that you know to be copyrighted even if you believe your content to be “fair use”. If uncertain, assume any unlicensed use is not fair use to be safe. Generally speaking, a claim of fair use of image or product, especially when profiting from it may not hold up in court. For more information on “Fair Use” visit http://www.copyright.gov.