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.


2. Submissions


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, its periodical, The Gristmill, and an independent

publishing operation.

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)