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Copyright and Your Ambient Dimension Submissions

Here at Ambient Dimension we respect the rights of all artists and creative people worldwide and we expect our members to demonstrate an equal amount of respect and assist us in creating a beneficial and positive atmosphere for all Ambient Dimension visitors and members.

Here's a simple fact: Just about anything that is on this site, on the internet, television, CD's, DVD's, andin print is probably copyrighted by someone.

Copyright can be a confusing thing for many people. Sadly, some groups of lobbyists, and uninformed government officials have made it even more confusing by spreading their own agenda to try and make it harder for individual copyright owners to protect themselves. The truth is, copyright is quite simple if you know your rights.

On this page we will attempt to eliminate some of the confusion and counter much of the propoganda surrounding copyright. Understand that the following page is provided for informational purposes only and is intended to be used as a guide only. The availability of this page should not be construed as rendering legal or other professional advice, and this page is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you require legal advice, you should seek the services of a qualified attorney.

Copyright Infringement Defined

To simplify this question, copyright infringement occurs when you do certain things with a creative work which someone else produced without first getting the proper permission.

Some examples of copyright infringement (this is only a partial listing) can include:

  • Placing a photograph or creative work online without proper permission, either from the original photographer or all those in the photograph
  • Using a creative work owned by someone else commercially.
  • Adapting a creative work of one medium to another, such as making a book into a movie or a photograph into a painting.
  • Modifying or editing a creative work without proper permission.

Avoiding Infringing on Someone's Copyright

The best way to avoid infringing on the rights of another creative person is to use your own skills, talent and imagination to create your own completely original work. Obviously, since there is very little in the world that is completely original (as we all know, most stories are just variations of other stories) it is difficult to do. In copyright terminalogy in regards to digitally rendered art, this means you aren't using another's work without permission. As many bits of rendered art consist of elements from the work of others, this can be very sticky ground. For example, some artsts use poses for figures which they purchased, and most of them allow for free and public use of them in renderings. This means that while copying the pose files and giving them to someone else would be considered copyright infringement, but using them if you purchased them in a render is legal.

Ensure that all parts of your work, are your own original creations. If you have used materials which are owned by other people or companies make certain that you have obtained proper permission or or the licensing allows for its use before you place your work online.

What is Copyrighted?

Anything that is created in a creative manner is considered to be copyrighted, and it's creator is the copyright owner.

A creative work is not required to have any kind of copyright statement listed on the page with the work in order to be covered by copyright. Any work that is created has it's own copyright, even if it is not specifically listed with it.

It is important to note that just because a work is available in a public forum such as a website, that it is in the public domain and free for use. Finding something on the internet does not change the copyright status of a work.

Some Cautions

  • In most cases it does not matter how much of the material you have used. Whether it's a single frame, a few moments of audio, a short clip of video or any other sampling it's still considered to be copyrighted and you still require the owner's permission for use.
  • It doesn't matter how you obtained the material, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.
  • It doesn't matter whether or not you've credited the proper owner, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.
  • It doesn't matter if you are not selling it or making a profit, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.
  • It doesn't matter if you can find other people using things without permission, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.
  • It doesn't matter if you've edited it a little bit or made a few alterations, if it's recognizable it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.

What Happens When You Submit Infringing Works to Ambient Dimension?

When we become aware that an Ambient Dimension submission infringes upon the copyrights of another artist, creative person or company, we will immediately investigate it. This is a legal requirement which we fulfill immediately; you may receive an opportunity to respond, but you will not be given an opportunity to 'fix it'. Any copyright owner following the procedures in this Copyright Policy can require Ambient Dimension to remove his or her copyrighted content. However, unless the copyright is blatant, such as posting a work with the original author's signature or watermark removed, further investigation may be required.

If you believe that a submission on Ambient Dimension infringes upon your copyright you may either report the submission using our internal reporting system or send us a copyright notice via email. A member of staff will review your notice and resolve the situation.

If you believe that one of your submissions was removed in error you may contact our admins or otherwise file a counter notice. A member of staff will be made available to you so that the situation can be properly resolved.

If you are found to repeatedly post infringing content your account will be suspended and serious offenders will have their account banned and deactivated. If you are found deliberately misrepresenting the copyrighted work of another as your own your account will be immediately banned and deactivated.

What about "Fair Use"

"Fair Use" is the provision to copyright law that states that some public and private uses of copyrighted works do not require the permission of a copyright owner. These circumstances are very limited, complex to analyze under the law and require the help of expert advice from a lawyer. It is very unlikely that any work on Ambient Dimension would ever qualify for the Fair Use provision, so unless you have prior legal documentation to support it as a defense against a copyright infringement claim, do not use it.

If you take my work down am I protected from a lawsuit?

No. Even if Ambient Dimension takes an infringing work down, if you put it up on Ambient Dimension you may still be responsible for very significant damages if the copyright owner decides to sue you

Notification of Copyright Infringement

This section contains the formal requirements of the Copyright Act with respect to the rights of copyright owners whose content appears on Ambient Dimension without authorization.

To file a copyright infringement notification with Ambient Dimension, the copyright owner or an agent acting on his or her behalf will need to send a written communication that includes substantially the following:

1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. In this regard please provide URLs when you identify the location of the material.

4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.

5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Revised June 24, 2012

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