Intellectual Property Policy
This Intellectual Property Policy was last updated on October 20, 2020.
StudyVent is a platform that enables students to share their academic papers. Since StudyVent acts as platform model, we do not review or edit the documents for legal issues, and we are not in a position to determine the legality of the content. However, it is important to us that the documents on StudyVent respect the intellectual property of others. When users post their documents on our platform, they make the promise that they have the necessary authorization or rights to use all the content contained in their documents.
Infringing activity is not tolerated on or through our platform. This policy addresses what we do in the event of copyright infringement reports from content owners and trademark infringement claims from trademark owners with respect to the documents on the StudyVent platform. The policy also addresses what we do when StudyVent documents are copied on third-party platforms without their consent.
Third-Party Copyright Infringement Reports
StudyVent’s policy is to remove documents from our platform when they are reported as infringing in a copyright infringement notice received from the owner of the original content. It is also our policy to remove all documents from any user who is determined to be a repeat infringer (for whom StudyVent has received more than two valid takedown notices). We reserve the right to terminate an user’s account at any time, including when they post content in violation of the copyrights of others.
How to File a Report
If you would like to report a document on the StudyVent platform and if you are the owner or the designated agent of the owner of the rights to the content that you believe the document is infringing, please use this form.
Before you submit a copyright infringement report, please remember these important things:
We cannot process a copyright claim that is not submitted by the owner of the copyright or its designated agent. This is because we have no way of knowing whether the user who published the document you are reporting has received proper permission from the owner to use the content. We will ask you to provide an electronic signature to confirm that you are the copyright owner or have authority to represent the copyright owner (including if the copyright owner is an organization).
Your copyright claim has to be sufficiently substantiated for us be able to address it. This means:
- You provide sufficient information for us to contact you, including your full legal name, an email address, physical address, and (optional) telephone number.
- If you are filing a report on behalf of an organization, you include the name of the organization and your relationship to the organization.
- You precisely identify the original copyrighted material or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered in your notification, you provide a sufficiently representative list of such original material (such as a URL where the material is located);
- You provide sufficient information for us to locate the reportedly infringing document(s) on the StudyVent site (the URL on our website and the exact name of the document and instructor;
- You add a statement saying: “I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this complaint is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf and I have 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”.
Knowingly submitting a false or misleading claim of infringement is illegal and you could be held liable and have to pay damages as a result. StudyVent reserves the right to seek damages from anyone who submits a notification of claimed infringement in violation of the law.
There are types of content that are not protected by copyright. Copyright law doesn’t cover short phrases (like business names, book titles, and slogans), intangible concepts (like processes, ideas, and recipes), or facts. Before you submit a copyright claim, make sure that the content copied in the document is indeed protected by copyright.
Consider whether the use of your content in the document is “fair use”. Copyright law includes a “fair use” exception for certain uses of copyrighted content that are considered to be in the public interest. Fair use covers things like criticism, commentary, news reporting, and research. In considering whether a document’s use of your material qualifies as fair use, you should look at:
- The purpose of the use (whether the document is paid or unpaid, whether the document critiques/parodies/transforms your content)
- The type of copyrighted work being used (whether your work is factual or creative)
- The portion being used (whether the document uses small, necessary excerpts of your work or substantial portions of it)
- The effect on the market for your work (whether potential buyers would purchase the document instead of your work)
- Before you submit a copyright claim, make sure that use of the content copied in the document does not qualify as fair use.
If we receive a valid copyright violation report, we will send a copy of that report to the user who posted the reported document along with a notification that 1) the document was reported for copyright infringement and 2) we are removing the document from the StudyVent service. We will also attach a form that the user can fill in and send back to us to submit a counter-notification. If your document has been reported for copyright infringement and removed from the StudyVent service, and if you believe we made a mistake or that you have permission from the owner of the reported content to use such content in your document, then you may send us a counter-notification.
The best way to provide us with a counter-notification is to fill in the form we provided you and send it back to the StudyVent designated agent or the copyright team member who notified you. To be effective, a counter notification must be in writing and include the following information:
- Your physical or electronic signature;
- Your name, address, and email address or telephone number;
- Identification of the document that was removed and the location (URL) at which it appeared before it was removed (you can access this information from the copyright infringement report filed against your document, we always attach a copy when we notify you);
- A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the document was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the document to be removed or disabled; and
- A statement that you consent to (i) StudyVent sharing your name and contact information with the claimant; (ii) receiving service of process for any legal action by the claimant or an agent of the claimant.
Knowingly submitting a false or misleading counter-notification to a claim of infringement is illegal and you could be held liable and have to pay damages as a result. StudyVent reserves the right to seek damages from any party that submits a counter-notification of claimed infringement or counter notification in violation of the law.
Third-Party Trademark Infringement Reports
StudyVent’s policy is to remove courses from our service when they are reported as infringing a third-party trademark. We also reserve the right to terminate an user’s account at any time, including when they post content in violation of the trademark rights of others.
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