|Frequently Asked Questions: CAM
Consulting's Policies |
|What is CAM Consulting's policy on adult content?|
|Please explain CAM Consulting's policy regarding unsolicited email or Spam.|
|What are the penalties for copyright infringement?|
|What is the policy on sound files?|
|What constitutes sound recording piracy?|
|To use music online, who do I need to contact?|
|Where can I get information on sound recording piracy and the proper use of record music online?|
|Can I upload MPEG-3 Files?|
|What constitutes software piracy?|
|How can I tell if it's OK to give away shareware/freeware?|
|What happens if I allow people to download pirated software from my site?|
|Where can I get more information on software piracy?|
|Where can I read more about CAM Consulting's Policies?|
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Can I sublease, sell or give away CAM Consulting's web space to
other people once my account is set up?
CAM Consulting's policies restrict customers from subhosting, such as www.domain.com/client. Web accounts are intended for a single web site. You may not sell, sublease, or give away CAM Consulting's server space other than small advertisements.
What is CAM Consulting's policy on adult content?
CAM Consulting will not host adult content. With the current state of flux in privacy law and copyright law, we no longer feel it is an appropriate business opportunity for CAM Consulting, nor is it keeping with our business mission.
Please explain unsolicited email or Spam? What are CAM Consulting's policies regarding unsolicited email or Spam?
There are several definitions that can be found. Here is how we define it:
We will look into each occurrence of report Spam. If it is your first offense, and your Spam is not too great (maybe you just didn't know better), we will send you a warning e-mail. If this is regarding USENET, we may cancel your messages. If it is not your first offense or it is quite clear you knew what you were doing, you will be subject to the following:
Please do not SPAM! If you are a victim of SPAM or want to learn more about how to fight SPAM, visit these sites:
ISP "Spam" Policies: A Brief Overview
Fight Spam on the Internet!
What are the penalties for copyright infringement?
Under federal copyright law, the civil penalties for copyright infringement can be severe, including substantial monetary damages, injunctive relief, and liability for attorneys' fees incurred in prosecuting a case. If a court determines that the infringement was committed willfully, statutory damages of up to $100,000 for each sound recording infringed can be awarded. Even if not found to be acting willfully, a defendant can still be held liable for statutory damages of $500 to $20,000 for each sound recording copyright infringed. It is important to remember that these penalties apply even if money was not charged. In addition, criminal penalties may be imposed if someone willfully infringes a copyrighted work for commercial advantage or private financial gain. This crime is punishable by up to five years imprisonment, up to $250,000 in fines, or both. State civil damages and criminal penalties vary from state to state. - copy courtesy of RIAA
What is the policy on sound files?
Sound files are one of the elements of web design that brings out the creative side. But caution needs to be paid so that your web site will not be targeted as violating a copyright of a music artist or agent. If you post audio content, you must be certain of it's origin and be willing to provide additional information such as written permission from the artist, agent and/or copyright owner. Recording Industry Association of America
What constitutes sound recording piracy?
Federal copyright law grants the copyright owner in a sound recording (typically, a record company) the exclusive right to reproduce, adapt, distribute and, in some cases, digitally transmit their sound recordings. Thus, among other activities, the following, if unauthorized by the copyright owner, may violate their rights under federal law:
1. making a copy of all or a portion of a sound recording onto a computer hard drive, server, or other hardware used in connection with a web site or other online forum. This includes converting a sound recording in a file format (such as a .wav or mp3 file) and saving it to a hard drive or server;
2. transmitting a copy or otherwise permitting users to download sound recordings from the site or other forum; and/or
3. digitally transmitting to users, at their request, a particular sound recording chosen by or on behalf of the recipient. - copy courtesy of RIAA
To use music online, who do I need to contact?
There are several entities you may need to contact before you can use recorded music online. First, you should understand that the copyright in a sound recordings is distinct from the copyright in any musical composition performed on that sound recording. Thus, even if you have secured the necessary licenses for publicly performing musical compositions (from, for example, ASCAP, BMI and/or SESAC), or for making reproductions of musical compositions (from, for example, the Harry Fox Agency), these licenses only apply to the musical composition, not the sound recording. Licenses to utilize particular sound recordings must be secured from the sound recording copyright owners -- generally the record company that released the recording.
Where can I get information on sound recording piracy and the proper use of record music online?
You can contact the Recording Industry Association with your questions at (202) 775-0101. - copy courtesy of RIAA
Can I upload MPEG-3 Files?
MPEG-3 is a file format that provides near CD quality results in a highly compressed format. As a file format, CAM Consulting has no problems supporting this format or file size. However, this format is most commonly used to provide recordings of popular recording artists copyrighted work and distributing them through the Net. CAM Consulting expressly forbids this use. If your site is found to contain these files, you are subject to immediate account suspension and/or cancellation.
What constitutes software piracy?
Generally, if you have to pay for software, and you didn't, then it's piracy. This can be in the form of:
|a friend giving you software to try|
|making a 'backup' of your office software for your home computer|
|downloading it from somewhere on the net|
|buying a compilation CD at a swapmeet|
|buying one copy for the office, but using it on multiple workstations|
If in doubt, pay for the software, and read the license agreement for more
details on the number of instances or machines you can run it on. You are responsible for
the software you use.
How can I tell if it's OK to give away shareware/freeware?
Read the license agreement for full details about the author's distribution wishes. If you receive the program without any supporting information, then it is most likely being distributed illegally. It is your responsibility to get full distribution details BEFORE you make the program available for download.
What happens if I allow people to download pirated software from my site?
CAM Consulting checks all sites periodically for the existence of software downloads as well as to check server log files for MBs transmitted. If we find that your account is in violation, it will be cancelled without recourse for refund, and your account information might be handed over to the BSA for further investigation and legal proceedings. If your site links to other sites that allow downloads of illegal software, your account is subject to suspension and cancellation until links are removed. The use of a disclaimer on your page to the effect of "I am not held responsible for the content downloaded from this site" is not protection from personal accountability of the software downloaded from your site.
Where can I get more information on software piracy?
We suggest you read the Business Software Alliance site.
Where can I read more about CAM Consulting's Policies?
You may visit CAM Consulting's Policies on our site.