This policy is effective June 15, 2022

Trademark and Copyright Policy

CivicBell respects the intellectual property rights of others and takes trademark and copyright infringement seriously.  Our Resident Terms of Service requires that Content posted on the CivicBell platform by a third party and not by CivicBell (“Third Party Content”) is lawful and does not violate the rights of third parties. To promote these objectives, CivicBell has a simple process for submission of complaints regarding Third Party Content on the CivicBell platform that allegedly infringes third party intellectual property rights.  Our policy and procedures are described below. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this policy are defined in the Resident Terms of Service.

Please note that whether or not CivicBell removes Third Party Content from the CivicBell platform, if you submit a takedown notice, CivicBell may provide copies of such takedown notice to the alleged infringer, which may include your name and contact information. It is also our policy, in appropriate circumstances and in our discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of members who infringe or repeatedly infringe the intellectual property rights of others or otherwise post unlawful Third Party Content. If you are unsure whether the material you are reporting is infringing, you should contact an attorney before submitting a takedown notice to CivicBell. CivicBell cannot provide you with legal advice as to whether or not you are entitled to submit a takedown notice.

Copyright Infringement

If you believe in good faith that Third Party Content on the CivicBell platform infringes your copyright rights, you may send CivicBell a takedown notice requesting that the Third Party Content be removed.  CivicBell has also designated an agent to receive notices of claimed copyright infringement.  Please note CivicBell will only consider removing Third Party Content that allegedly infringes your copyright rights upon receiving a valid and fully completed takedown as described below.

Trademark Infringement

CivicBell is not in a position to mediate trademark disputes between third parties or act on reports of trademark infringement that require an in-depth trademark analysis or dispute off the CivicBell platform.  In these types of situations, rather than submitting a notice of trademark infringement to CivicBell, we suggest that you reach out directly to the third party you believe is infringing your trademark rights or seek resolution of the dispute in court or through other judicial means.  If you want to provide CivicBell with a notice of trademark infringement, CivicBell will perform a limited investigation of reasonable complaints and may remove Third Party Content only in clear cases of trademark infringement.

Takedown Notice Procedure

Your takedown notice must include the following information in order for CivicBell to take action:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright/trademark interest;
  2. A description of the copyrighted works or trademarks that you claim have been infringed, including registration number and registration office if applicable;
  3. A description specifying the location on the CivicBell platform of the material that you claim is infringing (e.g. URL address);
  4. Your email address, mailing address and/or telephone number;
  5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyright or trademark on the CivicBell platform is not authorized by the owner of the copyright or trademark, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright/trademark owner or authorized to act on the copyright or trademark owner’s behalf.

Please submit your takedown notice to CivicBell’s designated agent via email (quickest) or mail as follows:
CivicBell LLC
Attn: Copyright Agent
265 Cambridge Ave, Suite 60908
Palo Alto, CA 94306