EC-Council Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy
At EC-Council, we prioritize the protection of intellectual property rights and hold a strong commitment to upholding these rights. However, as an educational organization with a diverse content marketplace ecosystem, our content consists of content created by us, but also content created by individual authors within our open marketplace model. This marketplace model means that EC-Council may not be able to validate the content for accuracy, suitability and/or legality including but not limited to the course title, as these programs are created by the independent authors.
We expect all contributing authors on our site to uphold themselves to the highest standards of editorial integrity. For this we ask all authors to attest that they have all the necessary authorization to use the materials that they upload on our platform. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism and do not tolerate any form of infringement within our marketplace. When any content is developed by our technical experts, we hold ourselves to the same standards and take best efforts to prevent any infringement of third-party intellectual property rights.
This policy outlines the procedures for registering your notice and actions taken by EC-Council in response to valid copyright and trademark infringement notices concerning content on our platform(s).
COPYRIGHT TAKE DOWN NOTICE
If you want to report any content posted on our website and you are the owner or the authorised agent of the content, which you believe is infringing, please send us your claim to [email protected]. You can also submit a form here.
While submitting your claim, please ensure that you capture all the information requested below accurately and completely.
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed upon. Please provide the relevant URL. If your work is not available online, please attach a copy of the material in your email to us.
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be in violation and information to reasonably locate the material (i.e., the URL of the webpage containing the material).
- Your contact information or the contact information of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that has been allegedly infringed upon, including an address, telephone number, and email address that can be used as methods of communication.
- A statement that the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that has been allegedly infringed upon believes in good faith that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. Please ensure that your statement is signed by an authorized representative of that organization.
- Please add the following statement to your submission: “Under the penalty of perjury, I declare, that that I am the copyright owner or have been duly authorized to act on the behalf of the copyright owner’s behalf. I further declare that the information provided in the notice is truthful and accurate and I believe in good faith that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
We would like to emphasize that providing accurate and complete information is crucial when submitting a notice of copyright infringement to us. It is important to note that any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided may result in an inability to investigate your claim. Please note that incomplete or inaccurate submissions will not be processed by our organization.
We take the submission of any copyright claim very seriously and as such we wish to notify you that submission of any claim that is knowingly false, misleading, or fraudulent may be subject to legal actions. To initiate a report, it must be submitted by the copyright owner or an authorized representative, such as an attorney or agent. Reports from individuals who are not the copyright owner, or their authorized representative cannot be processed.
Before filing a complaint, please ensure that your claim falls within the scope of copyright law and is not exempted under “fair use” provisions. It is important to note that copyright law does not protect short phrases, intangible concepts, or facts. Examples of such exemptions include business names, book titles, slogans, processes, ideas, recipes, and factual information.
To facilitate effective communication, please provide a valid email address where we can reach you. We may need to contact you for additional information or to provide updates regarding your copyright claim.
TRADEMARK TAKE DOWN NOTICE
EC-Council is not in a position to mediate trademark disputes between authors and trademark owners. However, we may perform a check of your claim if your claim alleges trademark infringement. If you are the trademark owner or an authorized representative of the trademark owner, you can initiate a trademark takedown notice by sending an email to [email protected]. You can also submit a form here. Please include the following details in your email to process your complaint. Any complaint must contain the details provided below. Please note that we will be unable to process your complaint if it does not contain all the information requested.
- Complete contact information (including full legal name, email ID and phone number);
- A clear description and identification of the trademark for which you are claiming trademark rights;
- The registration number of the trademark;
- The country or jurisdiction in which the trademark is registered;
- The international category of goods and services under which your trademark is registered;
- Location of the trademark in the reported URL(s) where your registered trademark can be found;
- A description of the complaint in detail, i.e., how you believe your trademark rights are being infringed upon;
- If you are not the owner of the trademark, your relationship to the trademark owner and a letter by the trademark owner authorizing you to file a complaint on their behalf;
- The following statement: “Under the penalty of perjury, I believe that the use of this trademark is not authorized by the trademark owner.”;
- The following statement: “The information in this complaint is accurate, and under penalty of perjury I declare that I am the owner of or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the trademark for which the complaint has been raised.”;
- Your electronic signature or physical signature, followed by your full name.
Submitting a false or misleading claim of infringement could result in liability for you. EC-Council reserves the right to seek damages from any party submitting a false or misleading notification of claimed trademark infringement.
Consider whether the use of your trademark in the content is “fair use.” It is important to consider the concept of “fair use” when evaluating a potential trademark claim. Fair use involves assessing whether others would likely be confused into believing that the content is either created or endorsed by your company or brand. If the use of your trademark in the content qualifies as fair use, it may not be deemed as infringement. Therefore, it is advisable to thoroughly evaluate whether the use of your trademark in the content meets the criteria for fair use before proceeding with a trademark claim. If it is determined to be fair use, it may not constitute infringement.