GCI Copyright Terms & Policies

Copyright Disclaimer – For Web Design Client

What is copyright infringement?

Copyright infringement happens whenever someone copies or publicly uses a work without the owner’s permission. The second work must actually be copied from the first work or if you just happen to create a very similar work independently (with evidence it is an original), that is not infringement. The problems starts when one artist uses another artist’s work as their own. To be infringing, the second artist’s works does need not be identical. The standard for infringement is whether the second work is substantially similar to the original work.

Substantially similar means that an average person viewing the two works would easily recognize that the in one was copied from the other. There is no such thing as a “how much to change to not infringe”. Whenever you take someones work without permission, it is copyright infringement if it is recognizable.

For Web Design Requests

  1. Acceptance of Terms of Use

By requesting web design from Grace Computer & Internet Corp., you are agreeing to accept and comply with the terms and conditions of use as stated below which Grace Computer & Internet Corp. may update at any time without any prior notice. You should visit this page periodically to review current Terms of Use and Policies when requesting website design or any updates. Please note that Grace Computer & Internet Corp. may at its sole discretion, terminate the right to contend to any copyright infringement requests or service at any time.

  1. Ownership of Website

Any unpublished website design and layouts are the property of Grace Computer & Internet Corp. (except any materials and content provided by customer).

Once final payment has been received, the website design ownership is transferred to customer. Website owner retains and reserves the rights to use any and all content developed.

  1. Materials that can be used in web designs:

Your/Client Company Own Design/Photo

Any images you/associated company have full ownership to the photo, materials and content provided may be used. If web design is for a company website and the contact person is the not the company owner, all rights of materials belong to the company the website is designed for.

CC0 (Creative Commons) Licensed/Public Domain Images

CC0 enables creators and owners of copyright or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.

In contrast to CC’s licenses that allow copyright holders to choose from a range of permissions while retaining their copyright, CC0 empowers the choice to opt out of copyright and database protection, and the exclusive rights automatically granted to creators and becomes “no rights reserved”.

NOTE: Images must be specified CC0, any other CC license may be subject to any other copyright restrictions

Royal Free/Stock Images (Paid)

Royalty free doesn’t mean free to use, it means you don’t pay a royalty payment each time you use the image. When you purchase a royalty free image either individually or a group at a time—you may use it as often as you like, as many times as you like. Grace Computer & Internet Corp. may also buy the stock image in your behalf after payment is made for service.

Examples of Royalty Free Stock Photo Sites:

  • Shutterstock.com.
  • Fotolia.com
  • Dreamstime.com
  • Getty Images. Gettyimages.com
  • iStockPhoto.com
  • Stocksy.com
  • Crestock.com
  • Shutterpoint.com

NOTE: Regular Stock photos or Signature/Premium Stock photos must be paid to Grace Computer & Internet Corp. at full price, unless any store credit is applicable (or included in web package), then credit will be deducted.

Using Copyrighted materials/Unconfirmed Copyrighted Materials (with Permission from Owner)

The Basics of Getting Permission

This section outlines the basic steps for obtaining permission. This process for each type of permission you may be seeking, whether for text, photographs, music, or artwork.

In general, the permissions process involves a simple six-step procedure:

1. Determine if permission is needed.
2. Identify the owner.
3. Identify the rights needed.
4. Plan Ahead for Permission.
5. Contact the owner and negotiate whether payment is required.
6.Get your permission agreement in writing.

  1. Communications
  2. Although Grace Computer & Internet Corp. is not obligated to do so, it will have the right to review your communications on this web site to determine whether you comply with our Terms of Use. Grace Computer & Internet Corp. will not have any liability or responsibility for the content of any communications you post on your web site, or for any errors or violations of any laws or regulations by you. Grace Computer & Internet Corp. will comply with any court order in disclosing the identity of any person posting communications on this web site. Please note that when you conduct transactions with other companies providing content via this web site, you will also be subject to their privacy policies.

    1. Links to Other Sites.
    2. The linked sites are not under the control of Grace Computer & Internet Corp. and Grace Computer & Internet Corp. is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. Grace Computer & Internet Corp. reserves the right to terminate any link at any time. Grace Computer & Internet Corp. may provide links from this web site to other sites as a convenience to you and in no way should this be interpreted as an endorsement of any company, content or products to which it links. If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to this web site, you do this entirely at your own risk. Grace Computer & Internet Corp. DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO ANY SUCH LINKED SITES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY TERMS AS TO THE ACCURACY, OWNERSHIP, VALIDITY OR LEGALITY OF ANY CONTENT OF A LINKED SITE.

    1. Trademarks

    The trademarks, service marks and logos of Grace Computer & Internet Corp. website and other web design/layout (except any materials and content provided by customer).BEFORE web site is released to customer (“Trademarks”) are the property of Grace Computer & Internet Corp. and their respective owners. You have no right to use any such Trademarks, and nothing contained in the web site or the Terms of Use grants any right to use without the prior written permission of Grace Computer & Internet Corp. or the respective owner.

    1. Compensation

    You agree to compensate, defend and hold Grace Computer & Internet Corp. harmless from and against any and all third party claims, liabilities, damages, losses or expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs) arising out of, based on or in connection with your access and/or use of this web site design is officially released and any copyright infringed materials added after the published date.

    1. Disclaimer

    Grace Computer & Internet Corp. assumes no responsibility for accuracy, correctness, timeliness, or content of the Materials provided on this web site. You should not assume that the Materials on this web site are continuously updated or otherwise contain current information. Grace Computer & Internet Corp. is not responsible for supplying content or materials from the web site that have expired or have been removed.

    1. Copyrighted Materials After Website is Published

    You may, view, print and/or download one copy of the Materials from this web site on any single computer solely for your personal, informational, non-commercial use, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. No materials published in Grace Computer & Internet Corp. and any website owners, in whole or in part, may be copied, reproduced, modified, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means without prior written permission from Grace Computer & Internet Corp.. The use of any such Materials on any other web site or networked computer environment or for any other purpose is strictly prohibited and such unauthorized use may violate copyright, trademark and other similar laws.

    1. Applicable Laws.

    These Terms of Use are governed by the law in the United States and State of Texas and the parties irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts  and courts of appeal from them for determining any dispute concerning the Terms of Use.
    If you have any questions regarding the Terms of Use, please contact Grace Computer & Internet Corp. at info@gracecomputer.net.