Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy
Grou.ps respects the intellectual property of others. We request that users of Grou.ps do the same. Accordingly, Grou.ps complies with the requirements of the Digial Millennium Copyright Act (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, http://www.copyright.gov). It is Grou.ps’ policy, when appropriate and at Grou.ps’ discretion, to disable and/or terminate groups created by Grou.ps’ users and/or the accounts of individual users of Grou.ps who may infringe or repeatedly infringe the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Grou.ps and/or others.
THE PROCESS OUTLINED BELOW IS APPLICABLE ONLY TO COPYRIGHT AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MATTERS. Correspondence concerning other matters will not receive a reply.
Notice for Claims of Intellectual Property Violations and Agent for Notice of Claims
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide Grou.ps' Agent for Notice of Claims with the following information (your "Notice"):
You may submit your Notice via our Automated Notice Form or you may submit your complete, written Notice, containing all of the information required and numbered as detailed above, via regular mail.
Please be advised that, in some circumstances, Grou.ps may forward a copy of a valid Notice including the name, email address and other identifying information provided in the Notice to the Grou.ps subscriber or account holder that posted the content at issue.
Please note that you may be liable for damages, including costs and attorney fees, if you make a material misrepresentation that content is infringing the copyright or intellectual property rights of others. In fact, please see http://www.onlinepolicy.org/action/legpolicy/opg_v_diebold/, where a company that sent an improper notice was ordered to pay costs and attorneys fees and, ultimately, agreed to pay over $100,000. Accordingly, if you are uncertain in this regard we strongly suggest that you seek counsel from an attorney prior to transmitting a Notice.
If you submit your Notice via our Automated Notice Form, Grou.ps’ Agent for Notice of Claims will receive your Notice. If, instead, you choose to transmit your Notice via mail or, Grou.ps' Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:
If, instead of using the Automated Counter Notice Form, you elect to mail or fax your Counter Notice, please use the following format, including the section numbers:
1. Provide your name, address, telephone number and email address.
2. Identify the specific URLs or other unique identifying information concerning the material that Grou.ps has removed or to which Grou.ps has disabled access.
3. State that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your physical address is located (or San Francisco County, California if your address is outside of the United States), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the Notice of infringement that lead to the take down or disabling of the content at issue.
4. Include the following statement: "I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that each item of content identified above was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled, or that the material identified by the complainant has been removed or disabled at the location identified and will no longer be shown."
5. Sign the document.
6. Send the written document to the following address:
Grou.ps Agent for Notice of Claims
c/o Owen Seitel
Idell & Seitel, LLP
465 California Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94104
Automated Counter Notice Form
(Please be advised that Grou.ps routinely provides your contact information to the user that posted the content you are reporting)