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Intellectual Property

Allvoices respects copyright law and the intellectual property rights of others (content owners). Posting content that violates the intellectual property rights of other constitutes copyright infringement and is strictly prohibited.

When content is flagged for copyright infringement, we review it and determine the validity of the claim. We remove or disable access to infringing content when reported and confirmed. We send warnings to alleged infringers and terminate the accounts of repeat offenders if required.

Contact help@allvoices.com if you believe your content was mistakenly removed for alleged copyright infringement.

How can I tell if content is copyrighted?

You may only upload content that is created solely by you and does not include content created by another party unless the copyright owner has authorized you to use the material. Recording content on your camcorder or phone from television, a live concert, or sporting event does not necessarily mean that you own the copyright or are authorized to use it.

Please be certain that you own the copyright to all content you submit to Allvoices or that you have permission from the copyright owner to use the content. All content must comply with our Terms of Use.

To determine whether you are legally authorized to post certain content, we recommend you read background information on copyright and additional intellectual property laws at http://www.copyright.gov/ or consult an attorney if you have questions.

If you believe that content on the Allvoices website violates your own or another party's intellectual property rights, please flag the content by following the steps below.

  1. Go to the report page where the content
  2. Scroll down below the report text and click the red FLAG button to the right of BOOKMARK
  3. Choose the specific reason you are flagging the report in the drop-down menu
    (Infringes my rights and Copyright violation are the related options)
  4. Enter the URL of the original content (where the content owner originally posted it) or other details
  5. Enter the captcha image
  6. Click REPORT ABUSE

What if I do not own the copyright to the content I uploaded or do not have permission from the copyright owner to use it?

You may only upload content to the Allvoices website if have the legal right. You should remove uploaded content immediately if you are uncertain that you are legally authorized to use it.

To delete your report:

  1. Login
  2. Click your username in the upper right to go to your profile page
  3. Find the report on your News tab
  4. Click Delete

To delete a video or image from your own report:

  1. Login
  2. Click your username in the upper right to go to your profile page
  3. Find the report on your News tab and click the title to go to the report page
  4. Click the Videos or Images tab to view the images or videos you uploaded to that report
  5. Rollover or highlight the video or image you want to delete
  6. Click Delete

To delete a video or image from another user's Contributor Report, a Mainstream News report or People page:

  1. Login
  2. Click your username in the upper right to go to your profile page
  3. Click the Videos or Images tab
  4. Rollover or highlight the video or image you want to delete
  5. Click Delete

For more information, please consult our Copyright Infringement section of our Terms of Use.

What does "public domain" mean?

Public domain content is defined (by the U.S. Copyright Office) as copyright-free material that anyone can use. Users are still required to give proper attribution to the author or source to avoid plagiarism or copyright infringement.

Content is "public domain" if it was never eligible for copyright or when the term of the copyright on the content expires. Once content is in the public domain, it can be used freely by the public.

You can refer to the following resources for detailed information:

Can users upload commercial videos?

As a citizen reporting and social media platform, Allvoices is intended for uploading and sharing of citizen-created content and is designed to discourage misuse. However, users may link to YouTube and partner videos or upload videos that are not copyright protected (i.e. public domain).

You own the rights to the content you submit if you created the content or you acquired the rights to use it. When you upload your content, you grant us a license to use and display that content. Allvoices reserves the right to use and re-distribute your content.

For more information, please consult our Terms of Use.

The material uploaded to the Allvoices website is uploaded by our users. Our Terms of Use strictly prohibits copyright infringement. We encourage our users to report copyright violations by flagging content using the procedure outlined above (How do I report copyright infringement?). Our intelligent system also includes a copyright detector.

When content is flagged for copyright infringement, we review it and determine the validity of the claim. We remove or disable access to infringing content when reported and confirmed. We send warnings to alleged infringers and terminate the accounts of repeat offenders if required.



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