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Intellectual Property Policy

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INDRAP is the learning and development platform of the Africa Diseases Prevention and Research Development Initiative herein referred to as ADRAP. INDRAP allows anyone in any part of this world to create and share education materials and courses. All instructors bear responsibility for their contents as ADRAP will not review or edit the contents; it therefore means we are in no position to determine the legality of the contents thereof except in conditions stated in this terms of use. We do not tolerate infringing on the copyright of others, it is important that instructors posting courses on INDRAP respect the intellectual property of others. When instructors post courses on INDRAP, they make the promise that they have the necessary authorization or rights to use all the content contained in their courses.

This policy addresses what we do in the event of copyright infringement reports from content owners and trademark infringement claims from trademark owners with respect to the courses on the INDRAP platform. The policy also addresses what we do when ADRAP instructors’ courses are copied on third-party platforms without their consent.

Third-Party Copyright Infringement Reports

ADRAP’s policy is to remove courses from the INDRAP platform when they are reported as infringing in a copyright infringement notice received from the owner of the original content. It is also our policy to remove all courses from any instructor who is determined to be a repeat offender (for whom ADRAP has received more than two valid takedown notices). We reserve the right to terminate an instructor’s account at any time, including when they post content in violation of the copyrights of others.

How to File a Report

If you would like to report a course on the ADRAP marketplace and if you are the owner or the designated agent of the owner of the rights to the content that you believe the course is infringing. Send us a mail with a word document attachment stating the following

  1. Your name
  2. Your email address
  3. Telephone number
  4. Physical address in your Country
  5. The Title of the Work on INDRAP that is infringing on your copyright
  6. Describe the original work(s) including physical evidence or URL
  7. Who owns the copy right
  8. State in specific the section of the work on INDRAP that is infringing on your copyright
  9. Sign the document

Within 24 hours of receiving the mail, we will commence the process of verification and one of our agents will immediately make contact with you.Before you submit a copyright claim, make sure that use of the content copied in the course does not qualify as fair use.

Counter-Notification

If we receive a valid copyright violation report, we will send a copy of that report to the instructor who posted the reported course along with a notification that 1) the course was reported for copyright infringement and 2) we are removing the course from the ADRAP service. We will also attach a form that the instructor can fill in and send back to us to submit a counter-notification. If your course has been reported for copyright infringement and removed from the ADRAP service, and if you believe we made a mistake or that you have permission from the owner of the reported content to use such content in your course, then you may send us a counter-notification.

The best way to provide us with a counter-notification is to fill in the form we provided you and send it back to the ADRAP designated agent or the copyright team member who notified you. To be effective, a counter notification must be in writing and include the following information:

  1. Your physical or electronic signature;
  2. Your name, address, and email address or telephone number,
  3. Identification of the course that was removed and the location (URL) at which it appeared before it was removed (you can access this information from the copyright infringement report filed against your course, we always attach a copy when we notify you);
  4. A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled
  5. A statement that you consent to (i) ADRAP sharing your name and contact information with the claimant; (ii) receiving service of process for any legal action by the claimant or an agent of the claimant

Knowingly submitting a false or misleading counter-notification to a claim of infringement is illegal and you could be held liable and have to pay damages as a result. ADRAP reserves the right to seek damages from any party that submits a counter-notification of claimed infringement or counter notification in violation of the law.

Reports from Instructors of Infringing Content on Other Platforms

We understand that when you post and make available your courses on the ADRAP marketplace, you want to make sure that you will not find your courses offered on another platform without your permission. To help combat copyright infringement and piracy affecting courses of our instructors, we partnered with PiraShield, an anti-piracy vendor, to seek out and find instances of infringement and to have any infringing content removed from third-party platforms.

In the event you find your course available on another platform without your permission, please send us a mail at instructorsupport@adrap.organd we will immediately contact you.  

Third-Party Trademark Infringement Reports

ADRAP’s policy is to remove courses from our service when they are reported as infringing a third-party trademark. We also reserve the right to terminate an instructor’s account at any time, including when they post content in violation of the trademark rights of others.

How to Submit a Trademark Infringement Report

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

  1. Your trademark claim has to be sufficiently substantiated for us be able to address it. This means your communication must include substantially the following:
  • Your complete contact information (full name, mailing address, and email or phone number).
  • The specific word, symbol, etc. for which you claim trademark rights.
  • The basis for your claim of trademark rights (such as a national or community registration), including registration number, if applicable.
  • The country or jurisdiction in which you claim trademark rights.
  • The category of goods and/or services for which you assert rights.
  • Sufficient information for us to locate the material on ADRAP that you believe violates your trademark rights (web addresses/URLs of the allegedly infringing content).
  • A description of how you believe this content infringes your trademark.
  • If you are not the rights holder, an explanation of your relationship to the rights holder.
  • The following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the trademark as described above in the manner complained of is not authorized by the trademark owner, its agent, or the law.”
  • The following statement: “The information in this notice is accurate, and I declare, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of a trademark that is allegedly infringed.”
  • Your electronic signature (“/s/” followed by your full name, e.g., “/s/ Jane Doe”) or physical signature.
  1. Submitting a false or misleading claim of infringement could result in liability for you. ADRAP reserves the right to seek damages from any party that submits a false or misleading notification of claimed trademark infringement.
  2. Consider whether the use of your trademark in the course is “nominative fair use”. Trademark law protects the use of a name or brand for selling products and services, with the goal of preventing consumer confusion. Most countries’ laws include an exception for “fair use”, which allows others to use a trademark for factually referencing the trademarked product or service, or commenting on or criticizing the mark. Consider the likelihood that others would be confused into thinking that your company or brand had created or is sponsoring the course. Before you submit a trademark claim, make sure that use of your trademark in the course does not qualify as fair use.

Designated Agent Contact Information

ADRAP’s Designated Agent for notices of reported infringement can be contacted in the following manner: Via Email: info@adrap.com

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