SEDM COPYRIGHT AND
DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT (DMCA)
POLICY

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  1. Introduction
  2. "Fair use" of Third Party Materials on this Website
  3. Government works on this website
  4. Policy for quoting and reusing our Copyrighted and Licensed Materials
  5. Designated Agent
  6. Complaint Notice Procedures for Copyright Owners
  7. Notice and Takedown Procedure
  8. Repeat Infringers
  9. Information for Copy Centers and Notaries
  10. Reuse of materials generated in our forums and in email
  11. Reposting of Censored Free Materials Encouraged
  12. Materials Available Through This Website that ARE NOT Served by this Website
  13. Third Parties Authorized to Offer Our Content
  14. Why Our Website Information Cannot Lawfully Be Censored
  15. Third Party Content Expressly Authorized to be Republished by Us on This Site and Third Party Sites
  16. Third Party Copyrighted Materials Posted on our Site that have Expired Copyrights Outside the 75 Year Copyright Window
  17. Standard DMCA/Copyright Violation and Takedown Notice
  18. 25% Discount to all Member Subscribers Who Provide Evidence that a Competitor is Violating our Copyright

1.  Introduction

This policy is intended to implement the procedures set forth in 17 U.S.C. Section 512 and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") for the reporting of alleged copyright infringement. It is the policy of Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM) (the "Ministry") to respect the legitimate rights of copyright owners and their agents and representatives. Users of any part of the ministry computing system are required to respect the legal protections provided by applicable copyright law.

We emphasize at the beginning of this article that:

  1. NOTHING on this website is intended to be “public domain” in any sense of that word.
  2. Any enforceable determination that the content available through this website is public domain must be accompanied by the EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT of the ministry.
  3. The fact that the information is available through this website without payment of a specific amount of currency is NOT to be construed as “public domain”.
  4. Legal strings attach to every item on this site and are described in our Disclaimer and our Member Agreement, Form #01.001.  Those strings imply a “cost” and a transfer of property in connection with the downloading and use of the materials available through this website, even if the cost is not specifically economic or in currency.
  5. The existence of a copyright notice in the lower left corner of all materials we created on this site is legal evidence that the work is NOT “public domain” and that we do not consent to make it public domain.
  6. In order to BE public domain, the following criteria must be met:
    6.1  The author must INTEND to donate the work to the public domain, which we do not.
    6.2  If the author does NOT intend to donate the work, then it must fall outside of the copyright window currently set at 75 years.  None of our works fit in this category.

Any attempt by any third party or platform to classify information available through this website as “public domain” is therefore declared to be a misrepresentation and a THEFT of intellectual property.

Lastly, for the definition of “public domain”, we rely on the following definition:

Wikipedia:  “Public Domain”

2.  "Fair use" of Third Party Materials on this Website

Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 107, the information and materials provided through this website which do not bear a copyright notice associated with this ministry constitute a "fair use" of the materials provided.  They are distributed exclusively with the intent of:

  1. Constructive criticism of false, harmful, unwise, immoral, or illegal (under either God's law or man's law) information, activity, or advocacy. No doubt, the speakers would be unlikely to give their permission to use such information for such a purpose. When we do this, we will attack the idea or the legality, wisdom, morality, or accuracy of the idea rather than the speaker. When we attack the harmful or false idea, we will rely on legally admissible evidence rather than belief, opinion, or emotion. We will never try to shoot or slander the messenger because that is what we expect and demand of others who want to do the same thing to our materials. That's the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would want to be treated. The purpose of this type of "fair use" is PUBLIC PROTECTION, which is an important aspect of freedom of speech and freedom of the press protected by the First Amendment.
  2. Teaching and education. An important purpose of this site is education and the personal empowerment that it brings. Hence, "Sovereignty EDUCATION and Defense Ministry". The biggest enemy we fight is ignorance on this site because of the corruption that it facilitates and protects.
  3. Religious worship in accordance with the laws of God.
  4. Legal research of God's law or man's law.
  5. Law enforcement of either God's law or man's law.
  6. Use as evidence in rights litigation against the de facto government.
  7. Religious, public, or political discussion.
  8. Scholarship.
  9. News.
  10. Reporting.

Materials are NOT provided for or intended for any commercial purpose whatsoever and therefore do not constitute a "commercial use" of third party materials without the express consent of the owner. Some of our Youtube videos may contain advertisements, but rest assured that we DID NOT authorize them and they appear ONLY because a third party with matching content HIJACKED our video for their own benefit. For such cases, we eventually remove such content to ensure that our videos do not even "appear" commercial.

For further information on "commercial speech", see:

Commercial Speech, Form #05.015

Any attempt to obstruct or interfere with this ministry, its activities, or the dissemination of information on this website or its Youtube channel shall be regarded as an attempt to:

  1. Criminally obstruct justice due to the members who are the subject of it or the public at large.
  2. Promote or protect harmful, illegal, immoral, or unwise activities.
  3. Promote or protect deceiving the public with knowingly false information.
  4. Work a purpose OPPOSITE to that of the purpose of establishing government itself, which is protecting the PRIVATE rights and PRIVATE property of those who CONSENT to be CIVILLY protected while LEAVING ALONE those who do NOT consent.

3.  Government works posted on this website

Several government works are posted on this website. Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §105, these works are NOT protected by the copyright act and may be freely downloaded and shared. Such works include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  1. The Declaration of Independence.
  2. The Constitution.
  3. Statutes.
  4. Regulations.
  5. Federal Register.
  6. Court rulings.
  7. Court transcripts.
  8. U.S. Attorney Bulletins.
  9. IRS Internal Revenue Manual (I.R.M.).
  10. Government agency forms and publications.
  11. International treaties.
  12. Website contents of federal agencies.
  13. Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports.

4.  Policy for Quoting and Reusing Our Copyrighted and Licensed Materials

All of the information and materials posted on this website are protected by the following copyright and license agreements:

  1. Disclaimer, section 5.
  2. Member Agreement, Section 4 entitled "Terms of use and Service".

In order to quote or reuse our materials you must:

  1. Consent unconditionally to our Member Agreement.
    http://sedm.org/participate/member-agreement/
  2. Be a member in good standing.
  3. Not advocate any of the flawed arguments in what you say or in the document you are publishing:
    Liberty University, Section 8
    http://sedm.org/LibertyU/LibertyU.htm
  4. Not redact any page or any portion of any document you are providing, quoting, reusing.  This ESPECIALLY applies to legal proceedings in which our materials are used as evidence and in which any Member or Ministry Officer or the ministry itself is involved.
  5. Give a reference to the following in your publication:
    5.1 The author.
    5.2 Website link.
    5.3 The form number, version number or date, page number, and line number where the information appears on our website.
  6. If you are criticizing an error in our publications as part of your publication, you must notify us of the error and provide legally admissible evidence proving it is an error at least two months prior to publication by posting to:
    Erata Reports, Forum 9.4
    http://sedm.org/forums/forum/9-sedm-ministry-members-only/94-errata-reports/
    And give us at least two weeks to fix the error PRIOR to publication. If we fix it, you may not publish the older information but must use the LATEST information in your publication. The government calls this approach "exhausting your administrative remedies" before litigation can be pursued.

Why do we insist that those who quote or reuse our materials must be members?  Because use by non-members is likely to be biased and prejudiced, which will inevitably lead primarily to unwarranted criticism by those with a financial motive who want to enrich themselves by slandering others.  Members, on the other hand, may not have a commercial motivation for obtaining or using our materials, and hence, their use cannot be enjoinable, subject to rebuke, or regulated in any way by any government.  This will preserve the credibility and honor of both us and them in learning and enforcing the law.

When contacting us via our Contact Us page to pursue permission to reuse our materials, please ensure that you completely read and follow the "IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL WHO COMMUNICATE WITH SEDM VIA PHONE, EMAIL, OR THIS PAGE:" at the end of the page and provide all the information requested there.

5.  Designated Agent

The Ministry's Designated Agent to receive notification of alleged infringement under the DMCA is:

Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM)
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Click here to send an email to the Copyright Agent.

(This email address is only for copyright infringement claims.You will not receive a reply if the matter is not a copyright issue.)

Upon receipt of proper notification of claimed infringement, Ministry will follow the procedures outlined in this policy and in the DMCA.

6.  Complaint Notice Procedures for Copyright Owners

The following elements must be included in your copyright infringement claim:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the owner (or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner) of an exclusive copyright-related right that is allegedly infringed.
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if a single notice objects to several copyrighted works at a single online site, a representative list of the infringed works at that site. A "representative list" should identify every work if there are less than ten such works and at least half of the works if there are ten or more such works.
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Ministry to locate the material. This should include the exact URL and the date on which the infringement was noted.
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the Ministry to contact the complaining party. If at all possible, this should include an electronic mail address, and should include a mailing address, telephone number, and fax number.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that the allegedly infringing use of the material at issue is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notice 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.

Failure to include all of the above information may result in a delay of the processing or the DCMA notification.

7.  Notice and Takedown Procedure

All users of any part of the Ministry website must comply with all applicable copyright laws. However, if the Ministry receives proper notification of claimed copyright infringement, it will respond expeditiously by removing, or disabling access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. The Ministry will comply with the appropriate provisions of the DMCA upon receiving any counter notification.

Please allow at least three business days to process any complaint or counter-notification. The Ministry will process these items as rapidly as possible, but cannot predict the number of active items it may have at any given time.

8.  Repeat Infringers

Infringement of the copyrights of others violates the Terms of Service for all of the Ministry's computing systems and networks. Under appropriate circumstances, Ministry may restrict or terminate the access of its system or network users who are repeat infringers. The Ministry will cooperate with copyright holders if it believes that any repeat infringer's activity is both (a) persistent and (b) willful and/or for purposes of financial gain, and such cooperation may include, among other things, the release of otherwise private user information after appropriate notification and (if necessary) due process of law.

This DMCA policy is effective as of August 28, 2011

9.  Information for Copy Centers and Notaries

This section is intended for copy centers and notaries who may be receiving or notarizing copyrighted materials from this site that are intended to be either mailed to third parties or notarized.  Here are the constraints:

  1. Some of the materials on this website are specifically designed and intended to be used in communication by Members with third parties, and especially parties in the government and legal profession.
  2. Materials on this site are authorized for reproduction only by those who indicate that they are consenting Members of Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM) and who are compliant with our Member Agreement, Form #01.001.
  3. To determine whether a person is authorized to copy the materials in question, please follow the following procedure:
    3.1  Ask them whether they are a Member and that they produce a a signed and dated copy of the Member Agreement available from the following link:
    http://sedm.org/Membership/MemberAgreement.pdf
    3.2  Ask them whether they are following the Path to Freedom, Form #09.015 and whether they have completed up to step 14 of section 12 of that document:
    http://sedm.org/Forms/09-Procs/PathToFreedom.pdf
    3.3  Ask them whether they are selling or reselling the materials they are reproducing.
  4. If the answer to questions 3.1 and 3.2 above is YES and the answer to 3.3 is NO, then they are free to reproduce, notarize, and mail any of the materials from this site.

10. Reuse of materials generated in our forums and in email

Those who use our Member Forums, Contact Us Page, or Email address to correspond with or respond to us or other members implicitly give us constructive permission to reuse all such materials with ALL personally identifying information removed to protect the privacy of those involved. That is the main purpose for having such vehicles to begin with. This is the only way we can continually improve our materials. Your privacy is important to us.

11. Reposting of Censored Free Materials Encouraged

Look, I am sending you out as sheep among [government] wolves. Be as wary as snakes and harmless as doves. But beware! For you will be handed over to the [corrupted] courts [by licensed attorneys with a conflict of interest] and beaten in the synagogues[501(c)(3) churches]. And you must stand trial before governors and kings [and federal judges, who are the equivalent of modern-day Monarchs] because you are my followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me—yes, to witness to the world. When you are arrested [by the de-facto corporate government MAFIA because you threaten their organized crime ring], don’t worry about what to say in your defense, because you will be given the right words at the right time. For it won’t be you doing the talking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

“Brother will betray brother to death, fathers will betray their own children [by aborting them or selling them into federal slavery by giving them Social Security Numbers, the "badge of allegiance to the Beast", and by falsely claiming they are "U.S. citizens" on their tax returns], and children will rise against their parents [using Child Protective Services] and cause them to be killed [or persecuted by a zealous state eager to justify its existence and expand its jurisdiction at the expense of our sovereignty and Constitutional Rights]. And everyone [and especially misbehaving public DIS-servants] will hate you [and persecute you illegally and unconstitutionally] because of your [exclusive] allegiance to me [God]. But those who endure [and expose the Truth] to the end will be saved [and thereby prevent eternal harm at the price of temporary earthly discomfort]. When you are persecuted in one town, flee to the next. I assure you that I, the Son of Man, will return before you have reached all the towns of Israel.

“A student is not greater than the teacher. A [public] servant is not greater than the [Sovereign] master. The student [us] shares the teacher’s [Jesus'] fate. The servant [believers and followers of God] shares the master’s [Jesus'] fate. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, how much more will it happen to you, the members of the household!  But don’t be afraid of those [thieves and tyrants masquerading as "public servants"] who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything will be revealed [and evil punished at the final judgment]; all that is secret will be made public. What I tell you now in the darkness, shout [from websites like this one] abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ears, shout from the housetops for all to hear [and on mirror websites we want you to erect that are outside of government jurisdiction]!

“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill you. They can only kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear [and obey] only God [and PDF His laws, not the government's unless they are consistent with God's laws], who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows." 
[Jesus in Matt. 10:16-31, Bible, New Living Translation]

Our website has, in the past, been the subject of censorship by third party sites. See the footer link entitled "CENSORSHIP". To prevent future censorship, we have decided to:

  1. Post our free content on third party hosting sites.
  2. Allow third parties to repost our free content, so long as it is kept up to date and not associated with other content.

As you may have noticed from the footer on our site, we have made a practice out of reposting our free materials on several third party sites to broaden the audience and prevent censorship of our research. Such sites include: 1. Scribd; 2. LInkedIn; 3. Archive.org, 4. Google Books; 5. Google Play, etc. Readers are encouraged to repost our free materials to the Internet. By "free materials" as used here, we mean everything OTHER than Member Subscriber, Member Bookstore, or Compliant Member Only materials. The fact that a specific publication is "free" does NOT make it "public domain" and it is still copyrighted and subject to restrictions on its publication as indicated earlier in section 1. Those wishing to do so must meet the following conditions:

  1. If you are creating your own independent HTML website, you must post the entire content available at the link below to the ROOT folder of the site and have nothing else on the site:
    https://archive.org/details/SovRsrchDVD20150928
  2. You don't include any advertising for any third party site.
  3. You post the materials unedited with nothing redacted.
  4. Your channel contains ONLY SEDM or Family Guardian materials and materials by NO other authors are available on the channel. We have to do this because otherwise, people will constantly contact us about whether we endorse or approve everything ELSE posted on the site that our materials are MIXED with. We don't have the resources, time, or desire to literally make a profession out of reviewing the work of others who mix their work with ours.
  5. You don't sell the materials. They are posted for FREE.
  6. You don't post our materials behind a "pay wall" such that you must pay money to join to get access.
  7. You don't post any Member Subscriber, Member Bookstore, or Compliant Member Only materials.
  8. You keep the materials up to date and consistent with what is currently posted on this site. PLEASE don't post old or outdated materials or materials you refuse to keep consistent with what is on this site as it changes, because old materials can cause confusion, raise questions with our readers, and cause us to be bombarded with inquiries about errors that have been fixed long ago on this site.
  9. You notify us (on the Contact Us Page) before you begin posting so that we can direct users to the new site.
  10. We reserve the right to change the terms of this offer at any time.
  11. You derive the materials you host on the Internet for SEDM from the following:
    https://archive.org/details/SovRsrchDVD20150928
  12. You derive the materials you host on the Internet for Family Guardian from the following:
    https://archive.org/details/Famguardian20150928
  13. You post the following notice in the "About Us" portion of the FREE channel you create:
    "This channel is NOT affiliated with Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry. We have no financial relationship with them and we are not an affiliate of any kind. It is provided as a third party mirror to their materials to ensure the widest possible dissemination of their Free Speech protected materials. It is not offered for any commercial purpose and does not constitute commercial speech enjoinable under the First Amendment. All materials on this site or channel are protected by the following disclaimer: https://sedm.org/disclaimer.htm"

Provided you satisfy the above criteria, we encourage you to repost our non-factual free speech materials on the internet to ensure the widest possible audience for our research. As of the latest review of this page, there are no third parties who have followed the above criteria to become third party mirror hosters.

12. Materials Available Through This Website that ARE NOT Served by this Website

Several of the materials available through this site ARE NOT served by the server on this site. They are merely pointers to OTHER DOMAIN NAMES that serve the content. This may not be immediately apparent by examining the content visually but if you carefully examine the HTML code serving the content, you will find that it originates from ELSEWHERE and a different domain name. This includes materials available through the following menu items:

  1. Education-> Sovereignty MP3 Audio Library**
  2. Reference->Member Subscriber CDs->Survival DVD
  3. Reference->Member Subscriber DVDs->Survival DVD
  4. Reference->Member Subscriber DVDs->Tax DVD
  5. Reference->Member Subscriber DVDs->Law DVD
  6. Litigation->SEDM Jurisdiction Database Online**
  7. Litigation->Pleading Library**
  8. Litigation->U.S. Statutes At Large**
  9. Litigation->Congressional Research Service Report Archive**

If you the reader have a copyright issue with any of the above content and seek to terminate the offending domain name serving the content for copyright infringement, the domain name of the content is NOT "http://sedm.org".

13. Third Parties Authorized to Offer Our Content

Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM) hereby expressly authorizes the following third parties to offer materials available through this site on other sites:

  1. Sovereign Filing Solutions (Makefreedom.com)
  2. Amazon.com, through the Sovereign Filing Solutions Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Account Number A2GIQJ0ZUGZ8IZ

Amazon Kindle Publishing platform is the only authorized and exclusive source for the printed version of all of our works, and Makefreedom.com is the sole source of these books at this time.

At this time, the following publications are authorized to be published in printed only form:

  1. Path to Freedom, Form #09.015
  2. Legal Deception, Propaganda, and Fraud, Form #05.014
  3. Great IRS Hoax, Form #11.302
  4. Government Instituted Slavery Using Franchises, Form #05.030
  5. Sovereignty and Freedom Points and Authorities, Litigation Tool #10.018
  6. Proof that There Is a "Straw Man", Form #05.042
  7. Requirement for Consent, Form #05.003
  8. Government Conspiracy to Destroy the Separation of Powers, Form #05.023
  9. The Money Scam, Form #05.041
  10. Laws of the Bible, Form #13.001
  11. Why You are a "National", "State National", and Constitutional But Not Statutory Citizen, Form #05.006
  12. Non-Resident Non-Person Position, Form #05.020
  13. Why Domicile and Becoming a "Taxpayer" Require Your Consent, Form #05.020
  14. Presumption: Chief Weapon for Unlawfully Enlarging Federal Jurisdiction, Form #09.017
  15. Government Identity Theft, Form #05.046
  16. Corporatization and Privatization of the Government, Form #05.024
  17. Why Statutory Civil Law is Law for Government and Not Private Persons, Form #05.037
  18. Federal Jurisdiction, Form #05.018
  19. Requirement for Equal Protection and Equal Treeatment, Form #05.033
  20. State Income Taxes, Form #05.031
  21. Money Laundering Enforcement Scam, Form #05.044
  22. Famous Quotes About Rights and Liberty, Form #08.001
  23. Federal and State Withholding Options for Private Employers, Form #09.001
  24. Laws of the Bible, Form #13.001
  25. De Facto Government Scam, Form #05.043
  26. About SSNs and TINs on Government Forms and Correspondence, Form #05.012
  27. Flawed Tax Arguments to Avoid, Form #08.004
  28. Socialism:  The New American Civil Religion, Form #05.016
  29. Origins and Authority of the Internal Revenue Service, Form #05.005
  30. What is "Justice"?, Form #05.050
  31. "U.S. Person" Position, Form #05.053
  32. Reasonable Belief About Income Tax Liability, Form #05.007
  33. Political Jurisdiction, Form #05.004
  34. What is "Law"?, Form #05.048
  35. Requirement For Reasonable Notice, Form #05.022
  36. Who Were the Pharisees and the Saducees?, Form #05.047
  37. Government Establishment of Religion, Form #05.038
  38. Who are "Taxpayers" and Who Needs a "Taxpayer Identifciation Number"?, Form #05.013
  39. Income Taxation of Real Estate Sales, Form #05.028
  40. The Government "Benefits" Scam, Form #05.040
  41. Requirement for Due Process of Law, Form #05.045
  42. Legal Requirement to File Federal Income Tax Returns, Form #05.009
  43. Federal Enforcement Authority Within States of the Union, Form #05.032
  44. The Tax Court Scam, Form #05.039
  45. Why the Government Can’t Lawfully Assess Human Beings With an Income Tax Liability Without Their Consent, Form #05.011
  46. Why Penalties are Illegal for Anything But Government Franchisees, Employees, Contractors, and Agents, Form #05.010
  47. Silence as a Weapon and a Defense in Legal Discovery, Form #05.021
  48. Unlicensed Practice of Law, Form #05.029
  49. Defending Your Right to Travel, Form #06.010
  50. The “Trade or Business” Scam, Form #05.001
  51. Sovereignty Forms and Instructions Manual, Form #10.005
  52. Tax Fraud Prevention Manual, Form #06.008

The link in the footer of most pages of this site entitled "Physical books" also lists the above books.

We reserve the right to expand the above list over time or to discontinue the above arrangements at any time.

14. Why Our Website Information Cannot Lawfully Be Censored

Third party sites where our documents are posted are forewarned that although some of the above materials are publicly available on the internet, they do NOT satisfy any of the criteria for lawful censorship as documented in the following article on this site:

Why Our Materials Cannot Lawfully Be Censored
https://sedm.org/why-our-materials-cannot-legally-be-censored/

15. Third Party Content Expressly Authorized to be Republished by Us on This Site and Third Party Sites

We are expressly authorized by the following third party authors to republish their content here and to post it on any third party sites where our own content is published.

  1. Family Guardian Fellowship. See the following link, Section 10: https://famguardian.org/Ministry/DMCA-Copyright.htm#10.__Third_parties.
  2. Nike Insights, Brook Stockton. See the following link, Section 9: https://nikeinsights.famguardian.org/footer/dmcacopyright/#9.__Third_Parties_Authorized_To_Republish_Our_Content
  3. James Bowers Johnson. See Forms #11.116, 11.117, 11.118, 11.415, and 11.416. We have a signed authorization from him. Visit his website and ask him if you doubt us.
  4. Adele Weiss, See the following link, Section 10: https://famguardian.org/Ministry/DMCA-Copyright.htm#10.__Third_parties. Adele served on our staff and died on November 28. 2019, as indicated at the beginning of Form #11.303, and in Form #08.009,. Section 3.23. He gave his permission within his Galileo Paradigm, Form #11.303 on p. 4, for SEDM to republish that book.

In addition, U.S. government works published on this site are exempted from copyright protections at 17 U.S.C. §105 and may be republished without permission of the government. This includes the Constitution, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, Caselaw, Court rules, and all agency publications.

Third party sites where we republish ONLY our "free content" are indicated in the footer of most site pages.  Even that free content is copyrighted and not public domain and is published subject to the restrictions on this page.

16. Third Party Copyrighted Materials Posted on our Site that have Expired Copyrights Outside the 75 Year Copyright Window

This site does contain third party copyrighted materials with expired copyrights outside the 75 year copyright window.  By virtue of the expired copyright, these materials are officially “public domain” in legal status.  Such materials are found in the following on our site, keeping in mind that NOT ALL the items listed therein fall in this category:

  1. Free Legal Treatises*
  2. Member Subscriber Library**

All the above materials, including those with expired copyrights:

  1. Are only accessible to those with an account who are logged in and therefore are subject to our Member Agreement, Form #01.001 and our Disclaimer/License Agreement.  These agreements indicate that you may not share the contents with any third party REGARDLESS of their copyright status.
  2. Are derived in the majority of cases from Google Books (http://books.google.com) items that are FREE.
  3. If they derive from Google books or other sources, have additional value added to make them more useful.  For instance, when we download and post a Google Book, we do OCR on the book to make is searchable and copyable through the clipboard, and also add the Table of Content to the PDF Bookmarks on the left. This is very time consuming and costly for us to do.  This is why we protect these materials, to preserve the value we add.
  4. Are NEVER sold individually through our Bookstore.  That would be morally wrong although not strictly illegal.
  5. If anyone receives these materials from a member who downloaded them from our site, then the above agreements STILL protect them.  If that third party then posts them on their site, even for free, they are participating in a THEFT under the above agreements and aiding thieves and liars who don’t keep their word by violating the agreements protecting the materials.

Third parties, and especially non-members, are encouraged to go out and download Google books on their own and add the great value we add to these books the same way as we have.  BUT, they should NEVER just steal our upgraded books and offer them for free.  That would be immoral and illegal because they would be benefitting from people who stole or misused our materials and violated our agreements in the process.

Lastly, the TOTAL number of Third Party Copyrighted materials with expired copyrights available on this site only constitute about 10% of the total content either posted or available through this website.  So its not a huge plagiarism problem by any means, nor is it some kind of big scam as some competitors have suggested who tried to repost our materials in violation of the agreements protecting them.  The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) make THEFT illegal under God’s law.  And Exodus 22:7 and 22:9 both mandate when a thief (or his Third Party accomplice) is found, the thief shall pay DOUBLE what they stole. 

Don’t steal people’s stuff and then whine about getting caught after receiving the notice in the next section, as some of our competitors have in the past done.  The reason we need a big nanny de facto government is because people won’t act honorably and responsibly by leaving other people’s stuff alone and not trying to benefit themselves or their clients with it, whether by offering it for free or selling it. NOWHERE does the bible claim that Christians should avoid hurting the feelings of thieves who are caught red-handed.  Get a life if you think you can convince a common law jury that you are materially injured by being caught in the act of stealing and being called a thief.

17. Standard DMCA/Copyright Violation and Takedown Notice

The following standard notice is what we send out in the event our materials are shared, sold, or posted by third parties

Dear sir,

Copyrighted materials off our website have been located on your site. The offending materials are:

[list of links]

Any and all others with copyright notices originating from our domain at sedm.org

The source of the materials on our site is:
https://sedm.org/Forms/FormIndex.htm
https://sedm.org/Litigation/LitIndex.htm
https://sedm.org/store/shop/
http://sedm.org/

You are hereby given formal legal demand to immediately:

1. Remove ALL copyrighted materials from our site that are posted on your site, including the above
2. Notify us promptly that you have done so via email.
3. Not repost our copyrighted materials on your site in the future either on a public page or a protected member page that is access controlled.
4. Not SELL or put behind a paywall any of our materials
5. Notify us of where you obtained the offending items.
6. Notify us who specifically within your organization downloaded the items you shared or sold as a member with access to protected member content, so the member agreement may be enforced against them.

We have a good faith belief that the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, which is us, to be posting our materials on your site.

The DMCA Copyright notice for the materials on our site is:
https://sedm.org/footer/digital-millenium-copyright-act-dmca-policy/

The above article, in section 18 promises a bounty to all members of your site who are also users of our site if they identify anything from our site in the protected areas on your site. You therefore won’t be able to hide the fact that you have our materials behind a paywall that we can’t view.

We certify under penalty of perjury that we are the copyright owners with exclusive rights to the infringed materials.

We further declare under penalty of perjury that the information contained in this correspondence is true.

If you do not comply, any one or more of the following consequences may ensue:

1. Your domain name could be terminated involuntarily.
2. You may become the target of copyright enforcement litigation filed against you.
3. You may have to pay substantial financial damages for the injury you are causing to our ministry.
4. If you derived these materials from our site as a member or buyer, you may have access to our site PERMANENTLY BLOCKED.
5. If you obtained the materials as a consenting member, the copyright license provisions described above and the terms of the Member Agreement will also become part of the litigation enforcement against you in court.
Https://sedm.org/participate/member-agreement/
6. We may decide to remove ALL links to your site and/or business currently contained on the multiple sites we host.

If you refuse to comply and want to know why we need a big nanny government that steals from people, then look in the mirror.

We don’t object to you linking to our materials, but please don’t post them on your website because it violates the DMCA page listed above.

Thank you for your contribution to the truth and freedom throughout the world. We share your passion.

Lastly, please inform us promptly of your efforts and intentions to comply with the law on this matter.

Sincerely,

Administrator
Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry (SEDM)
http://sedm.org

18. 25% Discount to all Member Subscribers Who Provide Evidence that a Competitor is Violating our Copyright

Thanks to the dishonorable behavior by others in stealing our materials and offering them for sale behind a pay wall and then whining and retaliating after getting caught red handed, we have now put a bounty on the head of all such people:

1. .We are now offering a discount of 25% on all new or renewal Member Subscriptions to any member who is a member of any other paid site that is plagiarizing and posting materials available through this site inside their protected member area.

2. To claim the benefit, you have to submit legal evidence consisting of a list of ALL offending materials inside the Subscription area of one of our competitors.

3. We will protect the identity of anyone who does this, so they don’t become the target of retaliation.

4. To claim the benefit or refund, submit your evidence through our Contact Us page (About->Contact menu) along with your contact information so that we may view the Member Area of the competitor site and be shown the evidence for ourselves.

5.  We will also use our access to all the offending websites to notify EVERYONE ELSE whose copyrights are also being violated to get offenders in trouble with EVERYONE ELSE whose materials are also having their copyrights violated as a free courtesy to them. That's an important way that we fulfill the commandment to love our neighbor as ourself.

6. This information has been added to the description of our Member Subscription in our Bookstore.

OPEN SEASON ON COPYRIGHT VIOLATORS!

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