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PRIVACY POLICY

1. SUMMARY, SCOPE, PURPOSE

The following document works like what lawyers call an “agreement”. In this case, it is the “Privacy Policy” of IASRM. Before we tell you what that actually means and thus delve into the details of it, we first need to establish a few definitions so it’s easier for you, our dear reader, to fully understand.

The first question is who this document is relevant to, i.e. the parties of this agreement. That’s fairly straight-forward to answer and the parties are:

  • our website visitors (i.e. a “Visitor”). That could be you unless you fall into the next category called “Members” who – unlike “Visitors” – have a membership of IASRM.
  • our members (i.e. a “Member”) who have taken up a membership with IASRM. This could be a member as an individual Member of IASRM, a company membership (for example, when a company signs up 10 or 1000 of its employees as members of IASRM), or membership as an individual through a free trial membership offered by IASRM.

Okay, so that should be fairly straightforward: When we say “you” in the following text, we assume that you fall into the one of the two aforementioned categories, either a Member or a Visitor. When we say “we”, we mean IASRM. That way, we don’t have to write legalese sentences like “ IASRM collects and handles information about its Visitors and/or Members” but can instead write an understandable sentence like “We collect and handle information about you”. Hey.. that’s what we promised you – that we would write these terms so that actual humans like yourself can understand them.

Okay, now, let’s get a bit more specific. Why do we then need this document/agreement?

Well, that’s because we, at IASRM, collect personal data about you (i.e. our Visitors and/or Members) during the normal course of our activities. We made this Privacy Policy to explain all relevant aspects of this collection and handling of your data in one place – easy for you to understand. We collect and handle data about you by means of the website located at https://iasrmglobal.org (hereinafter referred to as the “Site”) and/or other websites used and/or controlled by us from time to time. We process your personal data collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes, in accordance with applicable laws in the EU (like the GDPR) and the US.

  • The personal data and any information you provide us with – or that we collect about you – will be used, among other purposes, to:
  • maintain a register of Members and Visitors
  • send transactional email, e.g. send you an email when you have successfully earned a Course Certificate with a copy of your Certificate
  • supply you with any goods and services you may request from us from time to time via our Site, e.g. send you a copy of the book you bought
  • create browsing and consumption preference profiles of you in order to make recommendations and better user experience (UX). For example, we may serve you recommendations on which course to take on our Site or we may serve you ads on a third-party website (what’s known as remarketing) based on the courses you have visited
  • create databases to be used to send Visitors and Members emails with newsletters, promotions, advertising and information about our Site in accordance with your wishes and permissions. We of course never send you anything without your explicit consents and conscious opt-in and we make unsubscription from the given service/mailing/newsletter/etc as easy as possible (usually as a one-click action). No hassles or sneaky methods employed!

By entering and using our Site, you hereby provide us with your consent for the collection, treatment, and processing of your personal data according to this Privacy Policy.

Wait..what? Read that last sentence again! Here it is: “By entering and using our Site, you hereby provide us with your consent for the collection, treatment, and processing of your personal data according to this Privacy Policy.”. So, did you just consent to us doing whatever we wish with your data? Nope, certainly not! We know that the chances of you reading this full document are very low so we, of course, insert a lot of so-called “roadblocks” where we ask you to consciously agree to these Terms before signing up for something. For example, when you sign up for our newsletter, we send you an email where we not only ask you to confirm your subscription but also include a link to these Terms to give you as much transparency as possible. In addition, we also employ a range of practices – some of which are also included in the GDPR (which we will tell you about in a second) – that make it easy for you to know what and why we do as we do.

Edits, comments, commentaries and other contributions to our Site made or provided by you will be publicly distributed, and except in certain, very limited circumstances will remain a permanent part of this site. If you decide to contribute to our Site, you must keep this in mind. Your contributions will be subject to our Site’s Terms and Conditions and The Interaction Design Foundation’s Site IP/Copyright Policy.

2. THE ACT ON PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA

Under “The Act on Processing of Personal Data”, incorporated under Indian law, you may request a copy of the information we hold on you for free, by writing to our address first shown above or by emailing our Data Protection Officer Prabhu on prabhu@iasrmglobal.org. This requirement has been repeated by the introduction of the GDPR and we have been compliant long before this law took effect on 25th of May 2018.

3. GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

We comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is a European Union (EU) regulation on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for business by unifying the regulation within the EU. The regulation enters into effect on the 25th of May 2018 and we are fully compliant. We have made the decision to be compliant and thus collect and handle your data in accordance with the GDPR regardless of whether you are from the EU or not. So if you’re from outside the EU, you can consider it as an added bonus 🙂

4. DATA PROTECTION OFFICER

In order to meet the requirements of the GDPR we have appointed Prabhu Mishra as a Data Protection Officer and he can be reached at prabhu@iasrmglobal.org if you have any issues or questions relating to data protection and privacy matters.

5. WHAT INFORMATION IS BEING COLLECTED

The general operation of our services requires us to collect certain personal information that can be divided into two groups, as per the GDPR. These groups are “personal data” and “sensitive personal data”. IASRM will ONLY collect personal data such as names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses, etc. IASRM will NEVER collect sensitive personal data, such as religious beliefs, genetic data, ethnic origin, biometric data, credit card data, etc.

For example, we never store your credit card information and it never touches our server even for a few milliseconds. The way we ensure this is that we submit the data in the payment form directly to our payment gateway so that our payment gateway stores it for us. We only hold what’s called a “token” and then the last 4 digits in your credit card number. That way, we don’t have to worry about storing extremely sensitive information about you, which would admittedly make us very, very nervous.

Another example is your password, which we would consider sensitive personal data. We don’t store passwords at all but use the Bcrypt cryptographic algorithm to one-way encrypt passwords instead. That way, we only store the so-called “hash” of your password, which allows us to know if you are entering the correct or incorrect password – but without storing the actual password on our servers. Pretty smart and secure, huh?

6. WHERE IS INFORMATION STORED?

So, where do we store your information? We store information in the following locations:

  • in our database
  • in cookies on your device
  • at third parties listed in the “Who is collecting data?” section

7. WHO IS COLLECTING DATA

Next question: Who is collecting your data? Good question! The following entities are collecting data through our Site:

  • IASRM (that’s us and we do it for the general operation of our services)
  • Google (for statistical, analytical, marketing and conversion tracking purposes)
  • Stripe.com (for payment purposes)
  • PayPal (for payment purposes)
  • Facebook (for marketing and conversion tracking purposes)
  • Amazon Cloudfront (for hosting purposes)
  • Cloudflare (for hosting purposes)

8. WHY IS DATA BEING COLLECTED

To deliver our services to you, we must collect personal and non-personal information from you. This information is essential for the provision and quality of our services. For example, it would be pretty impossible for us to send you a newsletter if we did not have your email address. Similarly, it would be pretty impossible for us to create a Course Certificate for you if we did not know your name. To sum up, we collect data for the following purposes:

  • for the general operation of our services including the ability to log in, to take courses, to generate certificates, to receive emails, to receive grading comments, to post in our forum, etc.
  • for the ability to send out newsletters and other mailings
  • for hosting, e.g. figuring out which country you are from so we can serve you faster through one of our thousands of servers in our CDN, Content Delivery Network. A CDN is a fancy word for us having a server placed geographically near you to serve our video content to you MUCH faster and avoid choppy videos.
  • for collecting and processing your payment (if you’ve decided to sign up for a paid membership)
  • for marketing thorough what’s called retargeting/remarketing, so that we can remind you of our great courses through ads even after you have left our website
  • for conversion tracking so that we can learn exactly how our Members have become our Members. It also allows us to pay commission to our partners since we can attribute certain conversions to a given partner.
  • for statistical and analytical purposes, e.g. for purposes of user research and to make our Site easier to use

9. DATA PORTABILITY

You can request a copy of your personal data in order to reuse it across different IT environments. We will do an export of the data in CSV format so we hope you think commas are pretty 🙂 Our Data Protection Officer Prabhu Mishra can be contacted at prabhu@iasrmglobal.org with requests of this nature

10. WRITTEN PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING DATA RELATED ISSUES

We and Data Protection Officer, Prabhu Mishra, have written procedures in place for handling the following events:

  • right to access requests
  • right to be forgotten requests
  • right to rectification requests
  • revocation of consent requests
  • data portability requests
  • data breaches

We made these documents for the purposes of GDPR compliance. Yes, they were very boring to create but now they’re done 🙂 Rest assured that we applied attention to detail in all of them.

11. SECURITY MEASURES FOR KEEPING DATA SAFE

We have set up physical, technical and administrative security measures for the protection of your personal data. We undertake actions, measures, and provisions in order to safeguard your data and your right to protect your personal data. As an example, we use or implement the following measures, among others:

  • We don’t store passwords at all but use the Bcrypt cryptographic algorithm to one-way encrypt passwords so that we only store the so-called “hashes” of the password. That allows us to know if you are entering the correct or incorrect password – but without storing the actual password on our servers
  • Security measures around the actual physical servers holding IASRM data include 32 diesel-powered emergency generators with 2,250 kW capacity for N+2 redundancy, 200,000 gallons of fuel on-site, redundant fire suppression and detection systems, armed security around-the-clock. We have 24/7/365 onsite management and surveillance
  • To ensure extreme uptimes and uninterrupted service, we have 24/7/365 continuous server health monitoring. Encrypted and incremental off-server backups for complete data security
  • SSL-encrypted traffic between your browser and the IASRM platform. This encryption makes it impossible for an ISP, government, or hacker to make sense of the data being transmitted
  • Redundant fire suppression and detection systems
  • IASRM is PCI Compliant. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a proprietary information security standard for organizations that handle branded credit cards from the major card schemes including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB
  • Rigorous permission system for The Interaction Design Foundation staff. Even our own staff cannot access certain data unless given explicit permission
  • Security precautions on the devices that The Interaction Design Foundation employees use in their day-to-day responsibilities, such as password protection of devices, encryption of data, firewalls and password procedures
  • Server replication and redundant geographically dispersed data centers across two geopolitically stable continents in case of terror attacks, nuclear explosions, wars or force majeure
  • Versioned codebase and staging servers for rigorous testing before deployment of new features.

12. BREACH NOTIFICATION

In the extremely unlikely event of a data breach, our Data Protection Officer will notify you, the authorities and relevant third parties of any risk within a 72-hour period.

13. NO TRANSFER OF INFORMATION OR DATA

We will not share any email addresses of our Members and Visitors, nor will we disclose any identifying personal data, to any third party, without your clear and unambiguous consent. Data collected by us through logging visits to our Site (e.g. originating IP, referral data, browser and platform type, traffic flows, geographical area of request) is only used in an aggregated, anonymous form, which means we will not make any further effort to personally identify our Visitors (as opposed to Members). We only use such data for server administration, fault finding, site improvement and other legitimate purposes.

Aggregate (and thus non-identifying) statistics generated from our Site may be reported as part of research results or may be published on our Site.

14. DATA COLLECTION FOR VISITORS, I.E. NON REGISTERED WEBSITE VISITORS

For non-registered website Visitors – as opposed to fully registered Members – we collect data similar to most websites e.g. through Google Analytics or other products for website analytics.

Any time you visit a page on the internet, you send information to a remote server. The servers that host our Site maintain access logs with the information that you send. This information is used to provide and generate statistics and analytics and to provide us with marketing and traffic data regarding our Site and other websites that link back to our Site.

The data we log and store may also be used by us to solve technical problems with our Site and, in cases of abuse, and to conduct any investigation therefrom.

We may also use web analytics services to understand the type of traffic received by our Site and other of our websites, in order to provide better services and to set benchmarks for our goals. For example, through Google Analytics, we record things like IP address, browsing time, length and date, sections visited, websites you accessed prior to our Site and type of browser.

We do not intend to use such data to identify actual website Visitors, as mentioned in the previous section. If you are concerned about attempts to match your IP address to your identity anywhere else on the Internet, you may wish to use an anonymous browsing service or attempt other means to obfuscate your real IP address. Browsing our Site does not reveal your identity publicly.

15. DATA COLLECTION FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS

Data collection for registered Members is – by necessity – more extensive in order to allow our Site to function. As an example, we record, including but not limited to, the following items:

  • full name (required)
  • email address (required)
  • phone number (optional)
  • address, city, zip code and country (optional)
  • credit card information (required, but not stored on our servers)
  • link to LinkedIn profile (optional)
  • link to Facebook profile (optional)
  • link to Twitter profile (optional)
  • skype username (optional)
  • job title (optional)
  • name of company or organization (required for companies or organizations)
  • VAT-ID of the company (optional for companies or organizations)
  • photo (optional)
  • name of the school (optional, except for student Members)
  • courses that the Member is enrolled in (optional)
  • answers to questions in courses (optional)
  • posts in The Interaction Design Foundation forum (optional)
  • local Groups the person has registered for (optional)
  • IP address and country of each session (for security purposes and for server session management)

Please be advised that part of this information will be shown on your “Public Profile page” as a means of identification by other Members and in order to generate engagement and participation by our community. We only publicly disclose data that is commonly and publicly available for most people through the Internet, such as name, profile picture, country and city of residence and links to personal social media pages and the website of each Member. The disclosure of this information on your public profile page can be controlled by you at any moment. If you do not want to disclose it, please do not add it and select the necessary privacy settings in our Site and/or your social media pages. If you elect to delete part or all of your information by selecting the appropriate settings in our Site, such information will not be publicly shown through our Site

If you choose to cancel your membership, or if we terminate it, we will employ what is commonly referred to as a “soft delete” in our database, which means that data will still be stored physically in our database but marked as “deleted”. We do so for the technical requirements of our relational databases and for dependent functions such as the Local Group Rank and publications on “IASRM” to continue to work. These functionalities depend on this data being available. For example, if you have published an article in our articles section, we want to keep showing your name as the author – regardless if you cancel your membership.

If you forget to renew your membership, and hence it is auto-canceled, the data marked as previously deleted (i.e. “soft deleted”) will be used to restore your course answers, local group affiliations, course certificates, and other data if you elect to renew your membership at a later point. This will prevent a permanent loss of data for you

Company memberships (i.e. group memberships) also require the aforementioned data collection by us, so that it can be displayed to the pertinent company administrator (i.e. for evaluating employee compliance)

16. RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN

We will, of course, fulfill any request to permanently delete your data. We will erase all data (i.e. hard-delete), with the exception of financial transactions and data related to financial transactions (like your name, address, invoice data, etc), since we are required by law to keep records of payment information in the case of an audit. Please contact our Data Protection Officer Prabhu Mishra using the email address prabhu@iasrmglobal.org if you wish to make use of your right to be forgotten. Such requests may take up to 3 weeks to process since it is a manual, time-consuming and expensive process.

17. COOKIES AND OTHER WEB BEACONS

With the purpose of providing a better experience for you, we may use “cookies” or another kind of web beacons. We do this to make it convenient for you to use certain of our Site’s features. For example, if you have made a choice in a drop-down menu, we may place a cookie on your computer so that we can auto-select that menu item in the drop-down menu for you in the future. If we did not do that, the user-friendliness of our Site would be poor.

Okay, just to get a bit technical here… for purposes of this Privacy Policy, “cookies” shall mean text files of information sent by a website in your computer in order to store some records and preferences; and “web beacons” shall mean computer code inserted in to a website or e-mail that can be used to monitor the behavior of a Visitor or Member (e.g. IP address, browsing time, length and date, sections visited, websites you accessed prior to our Site and type of browser).

The Site may allow advertising or third-party functions that place “cookies” on your computer. For example, when we use Google Analytics on our website, that service also places a cookie on your computer.

You may change your options through your computer equipment and/or browsers to stop accepting “cookies” and / or “web beacons” or confirm whether or not to accept them. Modern browsers make this very easy since privacy has become an issue that many people take an active interest in.

You may also wish to clear these cookies and the browser cache if you want to refrain from revealing any identifying information, especially if you are using a public or shared computer. You may also prevent your browser from accepting cookies by disabling such functionality as mentioned above.

18. ADVERTISING OPT-OUT

We may use Google Analytics and other tools (like remarketing codes) from time to time to gather information. This allows us to provide targeted, customized advertising to Visitors. Thus, third-party vendors (such as Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook) may show you our ads on certain websites across the Internet, even after you leave our Site. Such vendors may use cookies and other web beacons to track your Internet browsing in order to serve ads based on your past visits to our Site.

We use the Google AdWords remarketing service to advertise on third party websites (including www.google.com) to previous visitors to our Site. If you do not wish to receive this type of advertising from us now or in the future, you may opt-out by using the DoubleClick opt-out page or the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page. For Google-specific advertisement, you can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can opt-out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.

In other words, our ads do not collect any sensitive personal data about you. For purposes of these Terms, “sensitive personal data” shall mean your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership, data concerning health or sex life and financial data like credit card or bank information.

19. EMAIL COMMUNICATION OPT-OUT

We use email as the preferred way of communicating with you. Without collecting email addresses and using them to communicate, it would not be possible to alert Members and Visitors:

  • when requesting a new password
  • when new courses become available
  • when new lessons become available
  • when receiving grading comments
  • when earning course certificates
  • when sending newsletters
  • when membership is about to expire
  • when joining our Design League
  • when becoming part of a Local Group
  • when a potential Member drops out of the sign-up process
  • when requesting templates and template bundles
  • when using the refer-a-friend functionality
  • when earning course distinctions or awards
  • when membership has been auto-renewed
  • when the Member is a part of a company membership

On the “Manage notification preferences” page our Members can choose to opt-in or out of the different kinds of emails that we send.

Furthermore, emails that we send contain an unsubscribe link at the bottom, enabling both Members and Visitors to opt-out at any time.

20. SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION OPT-OUT

We engage in active communications through major social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram. If you have previously chosen to follow or like us on a particular social media, you can log into your social media account and unfollow or remove your like of us in order to stop receiving communications on that particular social media.

21. PERSONAL DATA RELEASE

We may only release collected personal data under the following circumstances:

  • as required by applicable law (e.g. in response to a valid request from a law enforcement agency)
  • to designated third parties, in order to resolve or investigate abuse complaints
  • when the information is related to spiders, bots, and other technical issues
  • when attempting to block abusive users or to complain to such Internet Service Provider
  • to defend ourselves or our affiliates from legal claims by third parties
  • when deemed necessary to protect the rights of our user community or our Site
  • when requested under the Right to Access and Right to Portability provision of the GDPR, in which case Data Protection Officer Prabhu Mishra can be contacted at prabhu@iasrmglobal.org

22. DATA OWNERS RIGHTS AND REVOCATION OF CONSENT

You can make a request to us in order exercise your rights to:

  • access your personal data
  • rectify your personal data when inaccurate or incomplete
  • delete your personal data
  • object with legitimate reason the process of your personal data.
  • revoke your consent for the process of your personal data at any moment, in order to stop the use of the same

The exercise of rights to access, rectify or delete personal data and/or object or revoke consent can be done by the following means:

  • by Members logging in to their accounts and accessing the “Edit profile” page as well as the page on “Notification preferences”
  • by Members clicking the “Manage notification preferences” link in our emails (we ALWAYS provide a means for super-fast management of how we email you)
  • by Visitors clicking the “unsubscribe” link in the footer of a given email (we ALWAYS provide a link for one-click unsubscription)

Information and procedures not covered by the abovementioned pages and method should be requested in writing by Members through our Data Protection Officer Prabhu Mishra can be contacted at prabhu@iasrmglobal.org  and must include at least the following:

  • his data owner’s name, address, and email address to notify him of the response to his request
  • documents establishing the identity or, where the appropriate, legal representation of the data owner. We need to know that we’re dealing with you, and not someone pretending to be you, so we need documents to verify your identity.
  • a clear and precise description of the personal data with regard to which the data owner seeks to exercise any of the abovementioned rights (when rectification is requested, modifications that should be made should be specified and provide documentation to back up its request)

For the exercise of the previous rights, we hereby provide you with the option of contacting our Data Protection Officer Prabhu Mishra can be contacted at prabhu@iasrmglobal.org

23. AUTHOR IDENTIFICATION

When making contributions to our Site (e.g. posting a comment, commentaries, editing a page in the wiki), the minimum amount of information required is a name and email address. You do not have to use your real name, instead opting to use a pseudonym. You may also get a free email account or attempt to use a remailing service when using our Site. That’s just a piece of advice of you’re concerned about privacy but still want to publicly contribute to our community.

Your activity on our Site may be identified by your IP address. These numbers could potentially be traceable to identifying information about you, whether it is your home ISP or the university or work account where the IP address is registered.

As mentioned above, if you are concerned about attempts to match your IP address to your identity, you may wish to use an anonymous browsing service or attempt some means to obfuscate your real IP address. If so, you may try to use anonymous proxies or Tor, an anonymous browsing service.

24. FACEBOOK APPLICATION

In certain parts of our website, we use Facebook as a sharing platform to share articles on your Facebook wall on your behalf. We always do this with your conscious consent and in a way where you have to explicitly confirm the sharing of an article. We never auto-post anything on your behalf. We also do not store any personal information from your Facebook account.

25. DISCLAIMER

Our Site may include hyperlinks or hypertexts that, when used by you, may forward to other portals or Internet websites that may be the property of third parties. When that website collect and handle data about you, you are (of course) not covered by this Privacy Policy and are (of course) not our responsibility or liability. We encourage you to verify the privacy notices displayed and applicable in those portals or Internet websites.

In addition, you may also find that we use social media functionalities and other services within our Site from third parties that may collect your personal data (hereinafter the “Third Parties’ Sites”). Any information related to your personal data provided through the Third Parties’ Sites will be subject to the corresponding privacy notices contained in each one of them unless we indicate otherwise. For example, if we embed a functionality or service made by Facebook and if you choose to use that functionality or service, it means that you then need to understand Facebook’s privacy terms.

Then there is the question of liability. We are not liable for the use, publication, or disclosures made from personal data collected, handled, used, published, disclosed and/or revealed through the means outlined in this document.

In addition, the content provided on our Site, including content posted by you, is for general information, discussion and entertainment purposes only. We make no representations or guarantees about any aspect of any content on our Site and do not endorse any opinions expressed by anyone. All content on our Site is posted “as is” and your use or reliance on any content is at your own risk. We hereby disclaim all liability to you for the consequences of using or relying on any content in or within the sites. For example, this means that you cannot base a business decision on the content you find on our Site and then blame us if that business decision turned out to be wrong. We do not warrant or guarantee that any information available using the site or other services is accurate or reliable or your use of the site will be uninterrupted, secure, or free from error. we, our vendors and affiliates give no express warranties or guarantees nor implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, workmanlike effort, and non-infringement.

We recommend that you be careful and responsible for the personal information you provide through such means.

26. CHANGES TO THE PRIVACY POLICY

We reserve the right to modify, at any moment, the terms of this Privacy Policy. Any change made to the Privacy Notice will be notified to you through our Site. Once a new version of the Privacy Policy is published, it will automatically be in force.

The date of last revision is January 22nd, 2020.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Policy

1. SUMMARY, SCOPE, PURPOSE

IASRM (“IASRM”), a privately held organization, during the normal course of its activities, receives, creates and collects content, for the purposes set forth in this Intellectual Property and Copyright Policy (hereinafter referred to as the “IP Policy”), by means of the website located at https://iasrmglobal.org (hereinafter, the “Site”) and/or other websites used and/or controlled by IASRM from time to time.

Suppletory to this IP policy will be IASRM’s Personal Data Use and Privacy Policy and IASRM’s General Terms of Use. Such documents also govern the services provided by IASRM to you, regarding the matters not expressly provided for herein.

2. TRADEMARKS AND OTHER RIGHTS

All trademarks, logos, service marks, collective marks, design rights, personality rights or similar rights that are mentioned, used or cited by IASRM and its authors are the property of their respective owners. The use of any trademark in our materials does not vest in the author or IASRM any trademark ownership rights in such trademarks, nor does the use of such trademarks imply any affiliation with or endorsement of IASRM and its authors by such owners. As such, IASRM cannot grant any rights to use any otherwise protected materials. Your use of any such or similar incorporeal property is at your own risk. Words that IASRM has reason to believe constitute trademarks may or may not have been labeled as such. However, neither the presence nor absence of such labels should be regarded as affecting the legal status of any trademarks.

3. SCREENSHOTS

Screenshots of copyrighted computer software, for which the copyright is held by the author(s) or the company that created the software, is believed to fall under the fair use doctrine in the US (and similar laws in other countries). It is believed that reproduction for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, or research is not copyright infringement. If you reuse screenshots, as well as any other information provided by IASRM, you do so at your own risk and under the copyright laws of your country.

4. COPYRIGHT OF ABSTRACTS

Abstracts in the Wiki Bibliography (/literature/) are submitted by their authors who use the wiki to make their research as accessible as possible. When a page on the Site cites/references/lists work from the bibliography, its abstract is included. However, abstracts have varying copyrights depending on which publisher the work is published through. You should assume that an abstract is a copyright, all rights reserved, of its publisher and/or author and therefore always use/cite abstracts according to Fair Use. You may visit the publisher’s website to learn about the specific copyright terms (e.g. ACM, IEEE, or Springer) or contact the author directly. Bottom line: Cite/use abstracts according to the principles of fair use as it may otherwise be construed as copyright infringement and subject to legal action.

If you are the copyright owner of an abstract and you believe that your copyright has been plagiarized by an author ― who has unrightfully included the abstract on his/her author page ― you may solve the problem through these steps:

  • Go to the author’s page or profile within the Site.
  • Find the publication/abstract and click “edit”.
  • Erase the abstract and provide a brief explanation in the comment field.
  • Click “submit for approval”. IASRM’s editorial board will take care of the correction as soon as reasonably possible.

5. EXCEPTIONS

Many materials published by IASRM ― both in print and electronically ― may contain materials where the copyright is owned by a third party (e.g. another publisher). In this case, the copyright status depends on the copyright owner, and may for example be “all rights reserved ― used with permission”. At the moment of the download of each material, you will be informed of the kind of license you are entering into, its term, territory, extent and limitations (or not). While copyright notices are optional in many jurisdictions, when this is the case, IASRM will clearly label the content. For images, IASRM will both write the specific copyright label (including attribution) underneath the caption in both electronic and print copies as well as include the copyright label (including attribution) inside the image file (i.e. the full-resolution version) in metadata types like EXIF, IPTC, and XMP. For eBooks and books, IASRM will both include electronic and written copyright disclaimers.

Therefore, IASRM will only include and label content with the following copyright terms:

6. NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Every reasonable effort has been made by the individual contributing authors, as well as IASRM, to discover and contact copyright holders of scientific papers used on the Site. To the extent that a copyright holder could not be found or inadvertent permission or copyright error was made, IASRM stands ready to remove content upon notice and request by a copyright holder. In the case that you believe that any content or other material provided through the Site infringes your copyright, you should notify IASRM of your infringement claim in accordance with the procedure set forth here below.

IASRM will process each notice of alleged infringement which it receives and will take appropriate action in accordance with applicable intellectual property laws. IASRM will undertake its reasonable commercial efforts in order to announce its decision within 90 days of submission of the notice. A notification of claimed copyright infringement should be emailed to info@iasrmglobal.org (subject: “Takedown Request”).

To be effective, the notification must be done in writing and must contain the following information:

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8. CHANGES TO THE PRIVACY POLICY

IASRM reserve the right to modify, at any moment, the terms of this IP. Any change made to the IP Notice will be notified to users through the Site. Once a new version of the IP Policy is published, it will automatically be in force.