We believe in copyright. It is our policy to block access to, or remove entirely, copyrighted material that we believe has been illegally copied and distributed by anyone on hamel (from companies to individual users). It is also our policy to discontinue the hamel account(s) and services of repeat offenders.
Our copyright policy is in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), details of which can be found at the United States Copyright Office: www.copyright.gov/legislation/dmca.pdf.
All correspondance regarding copyright should be sent for the attention of Paul Oliver, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to report a copyright infringement
If you believe that material or content residing on or accessible through hamel infringes a copyright, please send a notice of copyright infringement to us at the email address above, containing the all of the following information:
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorised to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed.
- Identification of the works or materials being infringed.
Identification of the material on hamel that is claimed to be infringing, including information regarding the location of the infringing materials that the copyright owner seeks to have removed, with sufficient detail so that we are capable of finding and verifying its existence.
If the material is a document in a library, state the title of the document, the name of the library and of the account, and the date, time and country of access (if you are on a corporate network, tell us from what country the network is connecting to the internet, which might not be the country you are physically sitting in). If the material is for sale, state the pricing (amount(s) and currency) that you can see.
- Contact information for yourself: a physical address, telephone number and email address.
- A statement that you believe, in good faith, that the material identified is not authorised by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided by you is accurate, and that you are authorised to make the complaint on behalf of the copyright owner.
What happens next
When we receive a proper Infringement Notification, as detailed above, it is our policy:
- To remove or disable access to the infringing material, and to notify any subscribers to that material that the content is no longer available (we'll also tell them why).
- To notify the person who put up the content that it has been removed, or access has been disabled. If they are not a repeat offender, we will also send them the Infringement Notification concerning the disputed content.
- In the case of repeat offenders, we will remove the material entirely from our system and then close the account(s) and stop access to hamel of the person or company that put up the infringing material.
What to do if we've disabled your content and you think we shouldn't
If you provided disputed content that we removed (or disabled access to) and you believe it is not copyright-infringing, or believe you have the right from the copyright owner to post and use such material, then you must send us a counter-notice containing the following information
- A physical or electronic signature of the person who is responsible for the material being posted, and if it is a group account with multiple users, a signature of an administrator of the account where the material was posted.
- Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or disabled.
- A statement that you believe in good faith that the material was removed or access disabled because of a mistake or misidentification of the material.
- Contact information for yourself: a physical address, telephone number and email address
- A statement that you, or your company if the content was posted through a group account, consent to:
- either the jurisdiction of the Her Majesty's Courts of Justice of England and Wales if your address is in the United Kingdom, or
- any judicial district in which hamel is located if your address is located outside the United Kingdom, and also
- that you will accept service of process from the organisation or person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.
What happens next
When we receive a counter-notice, we may send a copy to the original complaining party informing them that hamel might replace the removed material or cease disabling it after 10 business days.
If the copyright owner files a legal action seeking a court order against you, we will not restore the content. If they do not, we reserve the right to restore the content within 14 business days at our discretion.