Intellectual Property

Infringement activities on and within the platform are not tolerated.
This Policy describes the procedures we follow in the event of reports of copyright infringement by content owners and in the event of claims for trademark infringement by their respective owners, in relation to courses on the SkillS4i platform. This Policy also describes our interventions in the event that the courses of the SkillS4i instructors are copied on third-party platforms, without the consent of the instructors themselves.

  1. Copyright infringement reports from third parties
  2. How to send a report
  3. Counter-Notification
  4. Reports from Contributors of content violation on other platforms

1. Copyright infringement reports from third parties

The SkillS4i Policy provides for the removal of courses and downloadable contents from our service if the violation by copyright owner notice of the original content is reported. It is also part of our Policy to remove all courses and downloadable contents from any Collaborator that is considered a repeat offender (for which SkillS4i has received more than two valid violation notices). We reserve the right to close a Collaborator’s account at any time, even when a teacher publishes content that violates the copyrights of others.

2. How to send a report

If you wish to report a course on the SkillS4i market and you are the owner or designated agent of the owner of the content rights that you believe violated by the course and the downloadable content, the most effective method is to use the form we provide you here (available only in English).

Before submitting a copyright infringement report, remember these important points:

1. We cannot process a Copyright complaint that is not sent by the copyright owner or its designated agent. This is because we have no way of knowing if the Collaborator who published the course you are reporting has received the appropriate authorization to use the content from the owner. We will ask you to provide an electronic signature to confirm that you are the copyright owner or that you have the authority to represent it (even if the copyright owner is a company).

2. To be taken into consideration, your copyright complaint must be sufficiently substantiated. This means that:

1. You will need to provide sufficient information to allow us to contact you, including the full company name, an e-mail address, the physical address and (optionally) the telephone number.
2. If you are submitting a report on behalf of a company, you will need to include the company name and your relationship with the company.
3. You will need to precisely identify the original copyrighted material or, if more than one copyrighted work is indicated in your report, you will need to provide a sufficiently representative list of such original material (for example, the URL where the material is located). );
4. You will need to provide information that is sufficient for us to identify the course or courses for which the violation has been reported on the SkillS4i website (the URL on our website and the exact name of the course and the instructor);
5. You will have to add the following statement: “I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the information contained in this claim is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the Copyright. I have a good faith belief that using the material in the manner in which we have complained is not authorized by the owner of the Copyright, its agent or the law. “

3. Intentionally submitting a false or misleading infringement complaint constitutes a crime and you can be held responsible and consequently pay the damages. SkillS4i reserves the right to claim compensation for damages from anyone who sends a notice of violation of the law.

4. Some types of content are not protected by Copyright. Copyright laws do not cover short sentences (such as company names, book titles and slogans), abstract concepts (for example, processes, ideas and recipes) or facts. Before submitting a copyright complaint, make sure that the content copied in the content is actually covered by copyright. If you need to report a trademark infringement, follow the steps given here.

5. Check if the use of your material in the course is “fair use”. Copyright laws provide for a “fair use” exception for certain uses of copyrighted content that is considered to be in the public interest. Fair use includes elements such as criticism, comments, news dissemination and research. In assessing whether the use of your material within a course qualifies as fair use, consider the following:

1. The purpose of the use (if the course is paid or not, if the course criticizes / copies / transforms your material)
2. The type of copyrighted work used (if your work is fact-based or creative)
3. The part used (if the course uses short, necessary extracts of your material or substantial parts of it)
4. The effect on the market of your material (if potential buyers would choose the course instead of your material)
Before submitting a copyright complaint, make sure that the use of the copied content does not qualify as fair use.

3. Counter-Notification

If we receive a valid copyright infringement report, we will send a copy of this report to the Contributor who published the reported course, along with a notification indicating that 1) the content has been reported for copyright infringement and that 2) we are removing the run by the SkillS4i service. We will also attach a form that the Contributor can fill out and send back to us as a counter-notification. If the content has been reported for copyright infringement and removed from the SkillS4i service, and if you believe we have made a mistake or have the permission of the owner of the reported content to use that content in your content, you can send us a counter-notification.
The best way to provide us with a counter-notification is to complete the form we provide to you and then to send this form to the designated agent SkillS4i or to the member of the Copyright team who sent you the notification. To be valid, the counter-notification must be in writing and must include the following information:

• Your physical or electronic signature;
• Your name, address and e-mail address or telephone number,
• Identification of the content that has been removed and the position (URL) in which it appeared before being removed (you can access this information by reporting a violation of the Copyright sent for the course; we always attach a copy when we send you the notification);
• A statement, under penalty of perjury, indicating that you believe in good faith that the material has been removed or disabled by mistake or that an incorrect identification of the material removed or disabled has occurred; is
• A statement accepting (i) that SkillS4i shares your name and contact information with the applicant; (ii) to receive notification of the proceedings relating to any legal actions taken by the petitioner or an agent of the petitioner.
Intentionally sending a counter-notification for a false or misleading infringement complaint constitutes a crime and you can be held responsible and consequently pay the damages. SkillS4i reserves the right to claim compensation for damages from anyone who sends a counter-report for a complaint of violation of the law.

4. Reports from Contributors of content violation on other platforms

We are aware of the fact that when you publish and make your contents available on the SkillS4i market, you want to be sure that they will not be offered on another platform without your permission.
If you find that your content is available on another platform without your authorization, complete the form available here.

4.1. Third-party trademark infringement reports

The SkillS4i Policy provides for the removal of courses from the service when they are reported for the violation of a third-party trademark. We also reserve the right to close a teacher’s account at any time, even when a teacher publishes content that violates the trademark rights of others.

4.3. How to send a trademark infringement report

The easiest and fastest way to send us a trademark violation report is to send us a notice containing the information below. Please note that a copy of the notice will be sent to the party who posted the content you are reporting. Before submitting a trademark infringement report, remember these important points:

1. To be taken into consideration, your trademark complaint must be sufficiently substantiated. This means that your communication will essentially include the following:

• Your complete contact information (name and surname, e-mail address and e-mail address or telephone number).
• The specific word, the specific symbol, etc. for which you claim trademark rights.
• Basis of the claim on the trademark right (such as national or community registration), including the registration number, if present.
• Country or jurisdiction according to which you claim trademark rights.
• Category of goods and / or services for which rights claims.
• Sufficient information to allow us to identify the material on SkillS4i that you believe violates your trademark rights (web addresses / URLs of the content that presumably constitutes infringement).
• How you think this content is violating your brand.
• If you do not own the rights, explain your connections with the owner.
• The following statement: “I have a good faith belief that the use of the trademark as described above and in the manner in which we have complained is not authorized by the trademark owner, his agent or the law”.
• The following statement: “The information contained in this notice is accurate and I declare, under penalty of false oath, to be its owner or to be authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the allegedly violated trademark”.
• Your electronic signature (“/ s /” followed by your first and last name, for example, “/ s / Mario Rossi”) or your physical signature.

2. Sending a false or misleading complaint constitutes a crime and could be your responsibility. SkillS4i reserves the right to claim compensation for damages from anyone who sends a false or misleading trademark notification.
3. Check if the use of your trademark in the course is “fair use by name”. Certain trademark laws protect the use of a name or trademark for the sale of products and services, with the aim of avoiding confusion for the consumer. Most countries have an exception for “fair use”, which allows others to use a trademark to refer exactly to the product or service with the trademark, or to comment or criticize the brand. Consider the possibility that others might be confused in thinking that your company or brand has created or is sponsoring the course. Before submitting a trademark infringement claim, make sure that the use of your trademark in the course does not qualify as fair use.

Last Issue: 23 January 2020

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