MWTCA COPYRIGHT POLICY
July 25, 1997
1. Statement of Purpose
The MWTCA is a not for profit organization being chartered pursuant to
Internal Revenue Service Code § 501(c)(3) status. A principal goal of
the MWTCA is to collect and disseminate information concerning tools and
tool collecting to interested groups and individuals, and to the public
at large. Toward this end, the MWTCA uses various forums of
communication, in various media, to publish and reproduce various works
of authors, photographers and other artisans in the furtherance of its
goal as stated above.
In establishing, administering and enforcing this Policy, it is the
express intention of the MWTCA, its officers, directors and membership
to create, establish and administer a uniform mechanism governing all
aspects of copyright protection for the mutual benefit of the MWTCA,
those individuals submitting works to be published by and through the
efforts of the MWTCA and for the benefit of the public interested in
tools and tool collecting.
By no means is this Policy intended to deprive authors, photographers
and other artisans of their collective intellectual property rights as
related to the publication of their works by the MWTCA. This Policy is
merely intended to aid the MWTCA in its administrative and record
keeping burdens created by and through the submission of materials for
publication and reproduction by the MWTCA consistent with its goal as
stated above. As a general matter, it is not intended that this Policy
expand the intellectual property interests of the MWTCA beyond what is
stated herein, except to the extent otherwise explicitly agreed to
between the MWTCA and the person or entity making a submission.
In order to further its goal of disseminating information regarding
tools and tool collecting to interested groups, individuals and the
public at large, the MWTCA encourages submissions of material.
Upon submitting material, unless otherwise explicitly agreed between
the MWTCA and the individuals or entities submitting material, it is
hereby understood between the MWTCA and the individuals or entities
making submission(s); that such material will be tendered to the MWTCA
along with a non-exclusive license, granted solely to the MWTCA,
allowing the MWTCA to reproduce and copy the material in any of its
forums for communication, only in conjunction with appropriate credit of
ownership being attributed to the submitting party. This license shall
be perpetual so long as the MWTCA maintains its current non-profit
status in conjunction with the administration of its goal as stated in
the preceding paragraph. In the event the MWTCA ever ceases to maintain
its non-profit status, this non-exclusive perpetual license will be
considered withdrawn by the individual or entity making the submission.
In no event is this non-exclusive license intended to limit, defeat or
otherwise encumber the ownership interests of the individual or party
submitting material. Rather it is merely intended to ease the
administrative and record keeping burdens imposed upon the members of
the all volunteer MWTCA members and officers responsible for dealing
with submission in the various forums of communication.
3. Forums for Communication
At the present time, the MWTCA operates several forums for
communication, namely, the Internet Home Page (URL) of
http://www.mwtca.org, its periodical, The Gristmill, and an independent
Upon submission of a work for publication in one of the aforementioned
forums for communication, it is mutually understood by the owner and the
MWTCA that the non-exclusive license granted to the MWTCA will cover the
reproduction and copying of the licensed work in any or all of the
present and future forums of communication administered and controlled
by the MWTCA.
4. Reproduction and Copying for Private Use
Consistent with its goals of disseminating information of interest to
the those interested in tool collecting and to the public in general,
the MWTCA encourages copying and reproduction of information appearing
in its forums for communication only so long as such copying and
reproduction is strictly limited to personal use. Any commercially
oriented reproduction of information contained within the MWTCA's forums
for communication is violative of the MWTCA's non-exclusive license
referred to above and will not be tolerated. From time to time the
MWTCA will conduct appropriate enforcement activities in order to assure
reproduction of information contained in its forums for communication is
consistent with personal use of same.
5. No Return of Materials
Due to the volunteer nature of staffing at the MWTCA and due to its
non-profit status, any material submitted to the MWTCA for reproduction
in any or all of its forums for communication cannot be returned.
Accordingly, it is strongly suggested that the owner of said material
make appropriate copies of his submissions prior to submitting same so
as to avoid logistical complications and any misunderstanding.
6. Editorial Guideline
It is the intention of the MWTCA that this uniform Policy act and a
guideline to the Editors and Administrators of its forums for
communication. In the event of a conflict or a question, it is the
express intention of the MWTCA that the principles stated herein will be
relied upon and fully considered in arriving at any conclusion.
7. Policy Exclusions
This Policy is specifically intended to exclude any works of
authorship, photography or any other creation which is solely created by
or for the sole benefit of the MWTCA. This includes, but is not limited
to, works for hire, gifts, bequests and specific contracts for
publication of any work created by another.
© 1997-98 Mid West Tool Collectors Association (MWTCA)