OUR COPYRIGHT POLICY NOTICE:
Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, Cincinnati Ohio, is an Online Service Provider (OSP) registered with the US Government Copyright Office (# DMCA-1043925) as a “safe harbor,” providing “Notice and Takedown” service in the event of copyrighted materials being posted on any of our platforms by any of our users.
Our online platforms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- christthesavioroca.org (official parish website)
- orthodoxmeditations.blogspot.com (Orthodox Christian Meditations Blog)
“Notice and Takedown” Procedure:
- Download our ‘Request for Removal of Copyrighted Material’
- Complete the 'Request for Removal' form and submit it via email to our designated agent at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Per 512 (c)(2A) (see below for full text and source link), the published name and contact info for our "designated agent" to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement is as follows:
Ralph Sidway, Webmaster & Media Ministry
Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit Orthodox Church
4285 Ashland Ave, Cincinnati OH 45212
It is never our intention to infringe upon copyright, but even with our best efforts at education of our users and screening of content it occasionally may happen. With our online presence having expanded to an active and highly trafficked website (~14K - 17K monthly visitors) with over 200 pages of material, plus an active weekly blog with hundreds of posts and approaching 300,000 views, and with the potential for multiple users providing content for these platforms, we have registered with the US Copyright Office as an Online Service Provider, under the guidelines of the DMCA Title 17, Section 512 (c).
The Copyright Office published its report, Section 512 of Title 17, on May 21, 2020. This page collects Copyright Office resources on Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in one location:
Overview of Section 512: https://www.copyright.gov/512/
Section 512 contains limitations on liability — referred to as safe harbors — for four types of online service providers. The safe harbors shield qualifying online service providers from monetary liability for copyright infringement based on the actions of their users, in exchange for cooperating with copyright owners to expeditiously remove infringing content and meeting certain conditions.
Christ the Savior-Holy Spirit (CTSHS) qualifies under 512(c) , “Information Residing on Systems or Networks at Direction of Users.” (See Reference Note below for the complete description of this category.)
In keeping with the requirements of this designation, CTSHS complies with all terms of 512(c) as detailed below, and as found on: https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#512
DMCA Section 512 (c): Information Residing on Systems or Networks at Direction of Users.—
(1) In general.—A service provider shall not be liable for monetary relief, or, except as provided in subsection (j), for injunctive or other equitable relief, for infringement of copyright by reason of the storage at the direction of a user of material that resides on a system or network controlled or operated by or for the service provider, if the service provider—
(i) does not have actual knowledge that the material or an activity using the material on the system or network is infringing;
(ii) in the absence of such actual knowledge, is not aware of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent; or
(iii) upon obtaining such knowledge or awareness, acts expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material;
(B) does not receive a financial benefit directly attributable to the infringing activity, in a case in which the service provider has the right and ability to control such activity; and
(C) upon notification of claimed infringement as described in paragraph (3), responds expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity.
(2) Designated agent.—The limitations on liability established in this subsection apply to a service provider only if the service provider has designated an agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement described in paragraph (3), by making available through its service, including on its website in a location accessible to the public, and by providing to the Copyright Office, substantially the following information:
(A) the name, address, phone number, and electronic mail address of the agent.
(B) other contact information which the Register of Copyrights may deem appropriate.
The Register of Copyrights shall maintain a current directory of agents available to the public for inspection, including through the Internet, and may require payment of a fee by service providers to cover the costs of maintaining the directory.
(3) Elements of notification.—
(A) To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following:
(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
(ii) 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.
(iii) 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.
(iv) 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.
(v) 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.
(vi) 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.
(B)(i) Subject to clause (ii), a notification from a copyright owner or from a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner that fails to comply substantially with the provisions of subparagraph (A) shall not be considered under paragraph (1)(A) in determining whether a service provider has actual knowledge or is aware of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent.
(ii) In a case in which the notification that is provided to the service provider’s designated agent fails to comply substantially with all the provisions of subparagraph (A) but substantially complies with clauses (ii), (iii), and (iv) of subparagraph (A), clause (i) of this subparagraph applies only if the service provider promptly attempts to contact the person making the notification or takes other reasonable steps to assist in the receipt of notification that substantially complies with all the provisions of subparagraph (A).