Printfection Developer Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Policy
Effective August 9, 2008
If your application permits users to download, view, share, or otherwise access third party content provided by other users, in order to help protect yourself and your users, you must take the following steps to ensure your application is not being used for improper or unauthorized purposes:
Post and implement a copyright policy that complies with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act;
Register an agent for notices of copyright infringements with the US Copyright Office; and
Include the following statement on any page of your application (or other user interface element) through which users can upload or otherwise make third party content available:
“By making any content available through this application, you represent and warrant that you own all rights necessary to properly do so.”
More details about each of these steps are provided below.
We have a policy for applications that allow sharing of third party content. This policy is part of our Developer Terms of Service. Our policy is that you have to have your own copyright policy. An approved sample copyright policy acceptable to us can be found here. You should fill out the sample policy (or another policy we approve in writing) and post it on a page within your application. After the policy has been posted, you must link to the policy (with a name like “Report Infringing Content”) from every page of your application (or other user interface element) where users can download, view, share, or otherwise access third party content.
Your copyright policy requires you to do some things. Some of the most important things are:
you commit to blocking access to infringing content promptly (within 48 hours) after you receive a notice of infringement that has all of the information described in the policy;
if you receive a notice of infringement that doesn’t have all of that information, you promptly contact the person (within 48 hours) who submitted the notice to try to get the missing information;
if any users of your application turn out to be repeat infringers, you must terminate their access to your application.
You should read the entire policy carefully to make sure you understand what you’re committing to do. If you don’t think you can comply with the terms of the policy, you should not launch your application until you can do so. We may have no choice but to shut down your application if you’re not following the policy.
Register an Agent with the US Copyright Office
Our policy requires that you have a “designated agent” for notices of infringement. As described in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, you must register a designated agent to receive notices of claimed infringement with the US Copyright Office. To do this, fill out this form and mail it (along with a check made out to “Register of Copyrights”) to the following address: Copyright GC/I&R, PO Box 70400, Washington, DC 20024. You can either print out the blank form and fill it in by hand, or fill out the form online and print it out (but don’t forget to sign the form).
Post a Notice to Users
To make sure users know what is expected of them when they’re using your application, you need to notify them that they should not make any content available they don’t have the rights for. Therefore, our policy requires you to post the statement above (“By making any content available through this application, you represent and warrant that you own all rights necessary to properly do so.”) on any page or other user interface element of your application through which users can upload third party content, provide links to third party content, or otherwise make third party content available through your application. “Content”, in this context, includes any images, designs, graphics, text or other content.
Please note that these requirements are in addition to the all of the requirements in our Developer Terms of Service. If anything on this page conflicts with anything in the Developer Terms of Service, the Developer Terms of Service will control, so please read them carefully.