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NFPA Xchange USER GUIDELINES
Last revised August 18, 2015
We welcome your participation in the NFPA Xchange™, an online community sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) that is working together to share ideas and propose solutions. We want all of our members and visitors to have the best possible experience; and your respectful and cooperative interactions will help us achieve that goal. Thank you for using your best judgment as you participate, for following our guidelines, and for reporting abuse and other inappropriate content if it is posted. We hope that your participation in the NFPA Xchange will help to improve the development and quality of fire prevention codes and standards. If you do not agree to these Guidelines, you may not use the NFPA Xchange.
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While common sense is typically the best guide, we have established these NFPA Xchange User Guidelines to set general expectations. By using the NFPA Xchange, you agree to abide by the following:
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A more detailed view
These are the particulars of the NFPA Xchange User Guidelines in greater detail. The NFPA Xchange is open to all points of view on fire, electrical and related hazards as well as related topics. We want to hear from you, and we are committed to maintaining a comfortable environment for all visitors. Please interact with other users respectfully, as you would in any public or professional arena. If you disagree with the statements of another user, it is acceptable to engage in polite, mature debate. Name-calling, personal attacks, harassment, and other aggressive posts or behavior are not allowed and are grounds for immediate removal of a post, or grounds for permanent removal from NFPA Xchange.
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- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
- Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has 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;
- Identify the material that you claim is infringing the copyrighted work listed above and that is to be removed or access disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit NFPA to locate the material;
- Provide information reasonably sufficient to allow NFPA to contact you, including a name, address, telephone number, and email address;
- If possible, provide information sufficient to allow NFPA to notify the owner/administrator of the allegedly infringing content;
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- “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”
- “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
- Sign the notice;
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- ATTN: National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471, CopyrightRequestsDMCA@nfpa.org
The administrator of an affected site or the provider of affected content may make a counter notification pursuant to sections 512(g)(2) and (3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When we receive a counter notification, we may reinstate the material in question. To file a counter notification with us, you must provide a written communication by fax or regular mail that sets forth the items specified below:
- Identify the specific URLs or other unique identifying information of material that NFPA has removed or to which NFPA has disabled access.
- Provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, and a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or the Northern District of California if your address is outside of the United States), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection (c)(1)(C) or an agent of such person.
- Include the following statement:
- “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that the material identified above was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled, or that the material identified by the complainant has been removed or disabled and will no longer be shown.”
- Sign the notice.
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- ATTN: National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471 CopyrightRequestsDMCA@nfpa.org
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