Copyright Policy

PLEASE NOTE THAT SAILOR MOON ARTISTS UNITED (SMAU) ADMINISTRATORS AND MODERATORS ARE NOT LAWYERS. WE MAKE OUR DECISIONS AFTER WEIGHING THE EVIDENCE AT HAND, OFTEN CHOOSING TO SIDE WITH CAUTION. WE DISCOURAGE THE POSTING OF ANY CONTENT THAT YOU DID NOT CREATE 100% BY YOURSELF.

SMAU COPYRIGHT POLICY.

The purpose of the SMAU COPYRIGHT POLICY is to provide a summary of U.S. copyright law as it relates to the use of text and image based copyright-protected works, and to provide guidelines and procedures for obtaining copyright permission to use these works. .

U.S. copyright law contains many gray areas, and the goal of this policy is to provide SMAU administrators, moderators, members, and others with a standard approach for addressing complex copyright issues. This policy provides practical advice and procedures on copyright-related matters; however, it is not a substitute for legal advice, and proper legal advice should be obtained when necessary. .

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?
Copyright is an area of law that provides creators and distributors of creative works with an incentive to share their works by granting them the right to be compensated when others use those works in certain ways. Specific rights are granted to the creators of creative works in the U.S. Copyright Act (title 17, U.S. Code). If you are not a copyright holder for a particular work, as determined by the law, you must obtain copyright permission prior to reusing or reproducing that work. .

WHAT IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT?
The rights granted by the Copyright Act are intended to benefit "authors" of "original works of authorship", including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural and audiovisual creations. This means that virtually any creative work that you may come across—including books, magazines, journals, newsletters, maps, charts, photographs, graphic materials, and other printed materials; unpublished materials, such as analysts' and consultants' reports; and non-print materials, including electronic content, computer programs and other software, sound recordings, motion pictures, video files, sculptures, and other artistic works—is almost certainly protected by copyright. Among the exclusive rights granted to those "authors" are the rights to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display their works. .

These rights provide copyright holders control over the use of their creations and an ability to benefit, monetarily and otherwise, from the use of their works. Copyright also protects the right to "make a derivative work," such as a movie from a book; the right to include a work in a collective work, such as publishing an article in a book or journal; and the rights of attribution and integrity for "authors" of certain works of visual art. Copyright law does not protect ideas, data or facts.

In the U.S., the general rule of copyright duration for a work created on or after January 1, 1978 is the author's life plus 70 years after the author's death. This is often referred to as "life-plus-70". Works created by companies or other types of organizations generally have a copyright term of 95 years. For more information on copyright duration, visit http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#hlc. .

FAIR USE
SMAU ADMINISTRATORS AND MODERATORS DO NOT RECOGNIZE FAIR USE. WORKS UPLOADED UNDER THE ASSUMPTION OR ASSERTION THAT THEY ARE FAIR USE WILL BE REMOVED WHEN FOUND.

COPYRIGHT AND FOREIGN WORKS
The U.S. is a member of the leading international copyright treaty, the Berne Convention. As such, the protections provided to works by U.S. copyright law automatically apply to the use of foreign works as well (assuming the use takes place in the U.S.).

THE NEED FOR PERMISSION
Permission to use copyright-protected materials, when required, should be obtained prior to using those materials. If reported for copyright infringement or abuse, you will be required to prove you have permission to use the works or pieces of the work you used.

REPORTING SUSPECTED INFRINGEMENTS
If you suspect that anyone at SMAU, including an admin or moderator, is using any copyright-protected material without the permission of the copyright holder, immediately report this using the SUPPORT CENTER at the bottom of every page. Choose COPYRIGHT. If the work is YOURS, please submit a DMCA Notice via the CONTACT link under.

This policy was most recently updated September 14, 2017.

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