The staff at Off-Road Spectator takes copyright ownership very seriously. Our site is a mix of original content and press releases from racing sanctioning bodies, off road product manufacturers, and related products and services. It is always our intention to provide appropriate attribution and maintain the copyrights of others.
A press release is a unique type of copyrighted work crafted to communicate and control an advertising message about a product, event, service, or business development, with the sole intent that the media outlet receiving the release will repeat and redistribute the information. The press release is a form of advertising through which the business or organization desires to receive free exposure by the media outlet. The alternative would be to purchase expensive display-advertising space in every publication or website to reach the same customer demographic.
The Public Relations Society of America (http://www.prsa.org/), whose mandate is to “set standards of excellence and uphold principles of ethics for the global public relations profession” has weighed in on recent concerns about potential copyright infringement through the redistribution of press releases and the media contained within the press release format.
“PRSA views the issuance of a news release as giving implicit consent to re-use and publish the news release’s content. Certain exceptions would apply; attribution is recommended, for example, when a direct quote is re-used, or facts and figures are cited.”1
Mr. Corbett, chairman and CEO of the PRSA continues, “most public relations professionals I know are thrilled to see some or all of their press releases appear in print.” After all, “what better way to insure a story’s accuracy than to pull content verbatim from the press release?”1
1Corbett, Gerrard F. “Of Press Releases and Plagiarism.” Prsay.prsa.org. July 20, 2012. Accessed September 27, 2016. https://prsay.prsa.org/2012/07/20/of-press-releases-and-plagiarism/.
PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Reach out to us via email
We go to great lengths to evaluate every piece of content not original to our authors and photographers, but over the life of this website there might be mistakes. We will in good faith work to remedy any claim as quickly as possible.
Please send us an email explaining your concern and where you found the issue on our site, including the URL copied/pasted from your browser. Also include a phone number where you can be reached in case we need further help locating or qualify the ownership of the work.
Additional verification may be required
If ownership of copyright is not immediately verifiable, Off-Road Spectator may require a written notification, which must include the following information:
- A physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing a copyright, and all information reasonably sufficient to permit Off-Road Spectator to locate the material.
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit Off-Road Spectator to contact the copyright owner, such as an physical address, telephone number, and email address.
- A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that the use of the material, and/or the manner in which the material is used is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
If requested, please send claims of infringement which include the above required information via postal mail to:
Obsessive Engineering, LLC
Off-Road Spectator Copyright Agent
P.O. Box 6433
Chandler, AZ 85246-6433
Please be advised that you may be liable for damages if you materially misrepresent that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner, or that a post, product, or activity is infringing your copyrights.