The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame Copyright and Reprint Policy
Copyright and Violations
The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame policy prohibits the use of copyrighted material in a manner that violates the copyright owner’s rights. In general, this means that writers should only submit their own original written work to which they have natural copyright. In cases where copyright is disputed – usually as a result of plagiarism or unauthorized copying – articles will be immediately removed without recourse or discussion, regardless of the arguments presented by the disputing parties.
Actions to Take in the Event of Copyright Violation
Copyright resides with the authors who submit to our membership sites, not with us. Therefore, The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame have no legal standing to enforce copyright on behalf of the writers inside the community.
In the event of copyright violation, we advise authors to exercise their rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 by taking the following steps:
1. Contact the offending party directly, asking them to rectify the copyright violation.
2. If the above fails, contact the ISP that hosts the offending website and the domain registrar that holds the registration for the website domain.
3. Information for the domain registrar and hosting service can generally be obtained by doing a look-up using any ‘Who Is’ service such as http://www.whois.net or http://www.networksolutions.com
4. Most Domain Registrars and ISPs will respond to a copyright enforcement request by warning or suspending the offending party. If they fail to do so, have a lawyer make the same request in writing. This last action rarely fails to produce results.
Commercial publication and reprint of material on this website for distribution are strictly prohibited without written permission. Written permission is not required for personal use printouts.
Original material generated by columnists is copyrighted in the authors' names, and commercial publication and reprint of material for distribution are strictly prohibited without written permission from the author.
Non-commercial Electronic Distribution
We Understand A non-commercial electronic distribution such as sharing as a bulletin over a social network is allowed under the following conditions:
1. The reprinted article must include the name of the author.
2. Please place the following at the bottom of the reprinted article:
a. A line stating: This article is reprinted from The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame © [insert year of publication here] and is available at https://www.ommie.com
b. Please link the above URL text to our site address at https://www.Ommie.com
3. Forwarding of The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame Newsletter is allowed provided it is forwarded in its entirety, without any modification whatsoever.
Commercial Electronic Distribution
Commercial Electronic Distribution, such as bulk reposting of articles from on a commercialized website (a website where goods or services are sold, or an ad server, such as Google Ads, is found) is prohibited except as follows:
1. Use of The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame feed is allowed, provided it is identified as an RSS feed, and there is a link to the website.
2. The first page of the article may be published with credit to the original author and a link to the article for the balance of the article.
1. Linking to The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame
a. No permission is required to link from your website to The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame website.
2. When Linking to an Article on The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame:
a. No permission is required to link from a free area of your website to an article on The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame website, provided you do not frame our web page. A frame means putting additional graphics or text above or next to our web page.
b. If you wish to use a framed link, please contact us for permission.
3. To reprint an Article on Your Website:
a. Prior permission is required to put the text of any article from The Ommie Awards and Ommiewood Hall of Fame, or OMTimes Magazine, iSpirit Magazine on your own website, intranet, database, discussion board, or any other system.
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