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Comixjoint.com Copyright Notice
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The contents of all material available on this Internet site are copyrighted by M. Steven Fox unless otherwise indicated. Copyright is not claimed as to any part of an original work produced by any artist, writer or publisher not associated with Comixjoint.com. All rights are reserved by M. Steven Fox, and content on this site may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of M. Steven Fox. You may contact M. Steven Fox to obtain written permission at msteven@comixjoint.com or through the mailing address provided on the Contact Us page.

Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law subject to criminal and civil penalties.
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Fair Use Copyright Law
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Comixjoint.com is a comic book review site that provides criticism and commentary on a broad range of publications for educational purposes, and during the course of these activities, we provide electronic images of the publications we review. When presenting images of printed matter protected by copyright law, Comixjoint utilizes the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law to present those images without acquiring permission from the rights holders. The fair use provision allows limited use of copyrighted material for purposes such as criticism, comment, education, scholarship and research without infringing on the rights of copyright owners.

Comixjoint and its owner, M. Steven Fox, believe that all usage of copyrighted material on this site meets more than one factor of the most common factors considered when determining whether a particular usage meets the requirements of the fair use provision. One factor is the amount and substantiality of the material used from the copyrighted work. In the course of providing a critical review, Comixjoint presents a limited range of pages from the copyrighted material for the sole purpose of presenting examples of the work being reviewed.

Another factor is measuring the effect of a particular usage on the copyright owner's ability to exploit his or her original work. In many cases, the out-of-print publications provided on this site have very little left to exploit, but even in those cases where an original work is still being marketed for sale, Comixjoint does not provide an effective replacement of the original work.

Finally, Comixjoint is primarily an educational site. It provides criticism and commentary to teach and enlighten our audience. The entirety of the site is intended as a scholarly enterprise that may serve as an educational and research resource for our audience, and we hope that intention is fulfilled in an entertaining way. Though not organized as a non-profit venture, Comixjoint and its owner do not currently make a monetary profit from the operation of this site, and producing a future profit from the operation of this site is not a primary objective.

On occasion, Comixjoint may present "more-than-the-usual" number of electronic images from rare, out-of-print publications. It is our intent to provide these sample images for educational and research purposes, as these publications may be difficult to locate and/or acquire. In all cases, whenever possible copyright ownership is identified for each usage of the image.

Comixjoint acknowledges that errors may occur when we state the copyright ownership of certain works. If the copyright owner or anyone else identifies any error on our site, we will correct such an error upon notification. If anyone believes we are utilizing copyrighted material outside the scope of the fair use provision of the copyright law, you can contact us to explain your specific objection and we will reply to your communication as soon as possible.
 
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Support the Copyright Alliance
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Comixjoint supports the Copyright Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth. The Copyright Alliance works to promote laws that strengthen the rights of creators to retain commercial control of their original work. It fights against all channels of pirating and any illegal use of copyrighted works. For comic book creators, the proliferation of illegal comic book torrents and other file-sharing sites damages their potential income and violates their copyright protection. (Note that not all comic book torrents are illegal.)

The following content is excerpted from the Copyright Alliance website:

"Those who create, render, and publish copyrighted works rely on the copyright law and its enforcement for their creative and financial success. Without it, these creators would likely cease to exist, or at the very least, cease to produce these important works that are enjoyed by billions of people around the world.

"The Copyright Alliance has long encouraged the U.S. Congress and the Administration to ensure effective enforcement of copyright laws in the digital age. It is well known that digital theft has been overtaking physical piracy as the leading threat to America's copyright industries for some time, and greater resources and involvement at the federal level would be a welcome development.

"Internet sites dedicated to facilitating infringement, while profiting from selling advertising or 'subscriptions' to unlicensed content, are clearly operating outside the law. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security demonstrated this recently when it seized and redirected the domains of nine pirate sites....this effort is welcomed by the copyright community."

Comixjoint abides by U.S. copyright law throughout our site. An explanation of our utilization of the fair use provision of copyright law is provided in the next column.
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