Cardinal News and Neighbors App by Ring Benefits Community, But Not When Users Violate Copyright

Cardinal News is anonymously a participating neighbor on the Neighbors App by Ring. Neighbors is a hyperlocal social networking app that has been described as a high-tech neighborhood watch. The app, especially combined with Ring camera videos, has great potential to solve crimes, prevent crimes, and help make neighborhoods safer. People can post videos that show suspicious activities or actual crimes in their neighborhoods. Sometimes people notify neighbors about active scenes, such as a news helicopter overhead, or police or fire activity that is happening in the neighborhood. These comments that represent active scenes, often occur in parallel while Cardinal News is working on getting the information independently for a news report. Other times users provide recent historical information related to crime or public safety that does NOT represent active scenes.

In either of these situations — active or recent historical — comments are sometimes off track when users use humor or provide incorrect information, or berate other users for providing information that they think is not newsworthy. Sometimes users illegally copy entire text from Cardinal News and paste it in the comments section. In addition, at least one user illegally posted entire text AND failed to provide the source where they obtained the text (from Cardinal News). This is not a good practice because Cardinal News articles could change with updated information that will not necessarily be updated on the Neighbors app comment section.

When a user copies an entire article from Cardinal News — Arlingtoncardinal.com and pastes it in a comment section of the Neighbors app, the action violates US copyright law. It is OK to reference Cardinal News by mentioning a short summary and pasting a link to the article, but it is not OK to paste the entire article in the Neighbors app comments section. Additionally, it is very important to provide source information when a user is not providing their own witnessed observations.

According to Ring, repeat offenders that violate copyright law may discover that Ring has removed and discontinued their service. Cardinal News will report user comments that violate US copyright law, and we encourage other neighbors to also report comments that appear to copy our entire articles. Cardinal News also reserves the right to pursue repeat offenders with legal action.

Following is the Copyright Dispute Policy published by Ring at ring.com/copyright.

Note that the information below is subject to change without an update here by Cardinal News.

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Copyright Dispute Policy

Effective date: November 25, 2016

In accordance with the DMCA, we’ve adopted the policy below toward copyright infringement. We reserve the right to (1) block access to or remove material that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our advertisers, affiliates, content providers, members or users and (2) remove and discontinue service to repeat offenders.

Remember that your use of Ring Inc’s Services is at all times subject to the Terms of Service, which incorporates this Copyright Dispute Policy. Any terms we use in this Policy without defining them have the definitions given to them in the Terms of Service.

(1) Procedure for Reporting Copyright Infringements. If you believe that material or content residing on or accessible through the Services infringes your copyright (or the copyright of someone whom you are authorized to act on behalf of), please send a notice of copyright infringement containing the following information to the Ring Inc’s Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement (our “Designated Agent,” whose contact details are listed below):

(a) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright that has been allegedly infringed;

(b) Identification of works or materials being infringed;

(c) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing including information regarding the location of the infringing materials that the copyright owner seeks to have removed, with sufficient detail so that Ring Inc is capable of finding and verifying its existence;

(d) Contact information about the notifier including address, telephone number and, if available, email address;

(e) A statement that the notifier has a good faith belief that the material identified in (1)(c) is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

(f) A statement made under penalty of perjury that the information provided is accurate and the notifying party is authorized to make the complaint on behalf of the copyright owner.

(2) Once Proper Bona Fide Infringement Notification Is Received by the Designated Agent. Upon receipt of a proper notice of copyright infringement, we reserve the right to:

(a) remove or disable access to the infringing material;

(b) notify the content provider who is accused of infringement that we have removed or disabled access to the applicable material; and

(c) terminate such content provider’s access to the Services if he or she is a repeat offender.

(3) Procedure to Supply a Counter-Notice to the Designated Agent. If the content provider believes that the material that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or the content provider believes that it has the right to post and use such material from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or, pursuant to the law, the content provider may send us a counter-notice containing the following information to the Designated Agent:

(a) A physical or electronic signature of the content provider;

(b) Identification of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or disabled;

(c) A statement that the content provider has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material; and

(d) Content provider’s name, address, telephone number, and, if available, email address, and a statement that such person or entity consents to the jurisdiction of the Federal Court for the judicial district in which the content provider’s address is located, or, if the content provider’s address is located outside the United States, for any judicial district in which Ring Inc is located, and that such person or entity will accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

If a counter-notice is received by the Designated Agent, Ring Inc. may, in its discretion, send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that Ring Inc may replace the removed material or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider accused of committing infringement, the removed material may be replaced or access to it restored in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at Ring Inc’s discretion.

Please contact Ring Inc’s Designated Agent at the following address:

By mail:

Ring Inc. 1523 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 Attention: Legal Department/ Designated Agent

By email: [email protected]

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