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Copyright

The Minnesota State Bar Association has copyright on all content on this website, except content authored and contributed by third persons, for which they may have copyright. Unless a license is otherwise expressly granted as to specific content, no content may be reproduced, altered, distributed, transmitted, displayed, or published without the prior written permission of the MSBA, or, where applicable, third-party copyright holders. 


COPYRIGHT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY, NOTICE of CLAIMS

The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) respects the intellectual property of others and we ask our users to do the same. The MSBA has no responsibility for content on other web sites that you may find or access while using the MSBA sites, www.mnbar.org or my.mnbar.org. Material available on or through other web sites may be protected by copyright and the intellectual property laws of the United States or other countries. The terms of use of those web sites and applicable intellectual property laws, and not the MSBA’s Terms of Use, govern your use of that material. 

It is MSBA’s policy in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion to disable or terminate the accounts of users who may be repeat infringers of the copyright and intellectual property rights of others. 

Notice For Claims Of Intellectual Property Or Copyright Infringement; Agent For Notice Of Infringement 

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide MSBA’s Copyright Agent the following information: 

(a) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
(b) a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
(c) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the MSBA site;
(d) your address, telephone number, and email address;
(e) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; AND
(f) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf. 

The MSBA's agent for notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:  

By mail:
Joe Kaczrowski, Director of Online Services
Minnesota State Bar Association
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402

By phone: 612-333-1183
By fax: 612-333-4927
By email: feedback@mnbar.org


Our adoption of Higher Logic means we’ll be encouraging members to post their thoughts, comments, replies, files and other material to our new online community. It is possible -- likely, even -- those members will post material claimed to be the property of a third party, another member, or some other rights holders. In this way, our adoption of Higher Logic heightens our exposure to contributory copyright infringement liability.  You’re maybe aware, however, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) effectively shields ‘online service providers’ from infringement liability.  As a ‘service provider’ under section 512(c) of the Copyright Act, the MSBA may limit its liability by adopting a few simple procedures:

  1. Designate an Agent. A one-page form filed with the Copyright Office provides rights holders with information about how to notify the MSBA about allegedly infringing material found on our site. Completed forms are published at a directory of agents here: http://copyright.gov/onlinesp/list/a_agents.html. A copy of our completed form is attached naming Joe Kaczrowski as our designated agent. For your reference, a copy of the Ohio State Bar Association’s designation is also attached. Filing fee is $140.
  2. Publish our policies. The DMCA also requires that an agent’s information be accessible on our website. Proposed changes have been added to our Terms of Use.  A link to the TOU has also been added to our Join/Rejoin redesign proposal. A copy of those proposals is attached. Note that the TOU
  3. Adopt removal procedures. Once a takedown notice is received, the DMCA requires the MSBA ‘expeditiously’ remove offending material. Our outline for how to meet these requirements is attached.

Privacy Statement

The purpose of this policy statement is to outline how your contact data is used by the MSBA and how it is shared with others.

How We Use It
The Minnesota State Bar Association is a large member-driven organization that includes district bar associations, sections, committees, and programs. The MSBA collects and receives information on each of its members and uses this information for bar-related purposes.

How We Share It
MSBA online searchable directory
Members may choose to be excluded from the online directory or members may designate their preference for which address, email address, and/or phone/fax numbers they would like published.

The MSBA may post district bar officer information (name and preferred mailing address) on its website.

Sections and committees
In the interest of promoting their activities, section and committee bar leaders may use member data for section/committee purposes. Bar leaders may elect to use the published criteria that the MSBA follows for its online searchable directory or they may elect to use other criteria. They are not limited by this statement. However, concerns members may have regarding information contained in section or committee websites, which are linked to the MSBA’s principal website, should be reported to the MSBA. If data changes are needed to eliminate concerns, the necessary changes will be made as allowed by technology, and other privacy concerns will be reported to section or committee chairs.

Minnesota CLE (MCLE)
MCLE is a wholly owned subsidiary of the MSBA and is not limited by the MSBA’s privacy statement; they decide how they are going to use member data. Members should contact MCLE if they want to receive information about its data use standards.

Mail list rental – non-dues revenue
The MSBA does not sell or rent members’ email addresses, phone numbers, or fax numbers.

The MSBA periodically rents its mail list (name and preferred mailing address) on a selective basis to qualified users as a non-dues source of revenue. Members are able to opt out of this service annually by checking the box noted on the annual dues statement or by contacting the MSBA at 612-333-1183 or 800-882-MSBA.

Other external requests
The MSBA reserves the right to disclose any information to law enforcement or other government officials as it feels necessary and appropriate.

Cookies
The MSBA may use cookies (data that a web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your system) to enhance delivery of programs and services.