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ASI Policy on Intellectual Property

Artemis Society International Board of Directors

ASI Assumes Limited Publication Rights

In the absence of other contracts, Artemis Society International assumes perpetual publication rights, limited to ASI non-profit publications (such as this web site) and use in other ASI non-profit activities, for any work submitted by its owner to the Society for publication. The creator (or other owner, if rights have been transferred) retains all other rights to any intellectual property submitted to the Society or created by its members as part of their activities in the Society.

Artemis Society International claims compilation copyright to the content of all material appearing within the domain.

No Reproduction Rights Granted

With the exception of mirror sites authorized in writing by the board of directors of Artemis Society International, no reproduction rights are granted for any document or image appearing on the Artemis Project web site or in any other publication of Artemis Society International, without the express written permission of the copyright holder. Storage or reproduction, in whole or in part, in any form, including but not limited to duplication of these documents on the world wide web or any other electronic storage medium, without prior written permission from the copyright holder, is strictly forbidden.

Use of Trademarks

The half-moon "Artemis" logo, "The Artemis Project" used as the name of a lunar development program and associated industries and products, "Artemis Data Book", the names "Artemis Society" and "Artemis Society International", and the name of the Society's newsletter "Pleiades" are trademarks of The Lunar Resources Company, used with permission by Artemis Society International as specified in the Society's charter. Any other use of these trademarks without the express permission of The Lunar Resources Company or its duly authorized agent is strictly forbidden.

The designs of the Artemis Project Reference Mission spacecraft are copyrighted by and are trademarks of The Lunar Resources Company. Reproduction of the likeness of these spacecraft by direct copying or derivative work, or by inclusion of these images in web documents outside the domain, without the express permission of The Lunar Resources Company or its duly authorized agent is strictly forbidden.

No Commercial Rights Assumed

No commercial company assumes any rights to work contributed to the Society. If someone, in the course of work done for the Society, creates something which can be produced as a commercial product, the company involved must negotiate a license fee or other form of payment with the creator, just as they would with any use of creative work in a commercial product. It doesn't matter whether the member is writing a document for the Artemis Data Book, creating new algorithms for presentation of documents on the World Wide Web, designing spaceship parts or toys based on them, creating artwork to illustrate documents about the Artemis Project, or designing ladies' intimate apparel, the contributor retains all rights to the work unless (or until) he signs a contract granting specified rights to someone else.

The Society Does Not Do Commercial Business

Artemis Society International does not participate in any form of commercial business, and does not engage in any activity which would use volunteer labor as an unfair advantage in competing with commercial business, so ASI will never use a member's work in a commercial product.

ASI might, however, provide the means whereby members and commercial companies can contact each other, in the event that someone wants to use a member's work in a commercial product; or ASI members may decide to produce a commercial product themselves. Anyone wanting to use the "Artemis Project" trademark in a commercial effort must contact The Lunar Resources Company to arrange for a license to use the trademark.

For more information about why ASI never engages in any form of commercial business, see the ASI corporate documents and discussion about them in section 6.2 of the Artemis Data Book. Also see the essay about Royalties for Volunteer Labor in section 6.

Why We Have the Policy About Commercial Use of this Material

This policy assures that anyone who produces something with commercial value will be rewarded from its commercial use. Besides being the most fair thing to do, it's also best for the long-term success of the project because it encourages private enterprise involvement in the Artemis Project.

This policy also defines what rights the Society assumes it has when you do something for the Society, and strictly limits the rights you grant in working on ASI projects. Many organizations demand that contributors sign over all rights to technical papers submitted for publication; Artemis Society International most emphatically does not do this. The really key point in all this is that the Society assumes only the right to publish your stuff in non-profit publications, and nothing else.

It's not just a good idea, it's the law.

We would have this policy in any case, but note that since the creator retains all rights to anything created in work done for the Society, the statement about no commercial company assuming any rights to something you create is really just a restatement of United States federal law regarding intellectual property. U.S. law is very clear on this point: if you create it, you own it.

We reflect U.S. copyright law in ASI's official policy because this assures the information is disseminated to all and understood by all who contribute to the work of Artemis Society International.

We can't presume to practice law here, and your legal rights might be different in other countries, so if you have any question about your intellectual property rights, consult with your attorney.

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