Welcome to the official web site of the American Backflow
Prevention Association (ABPA). ABPA holds copyright privileges to all text,
software, photos, video, graphics, music, sound and other material published on
this site. Furthermore, the "look" and "feel" of this site is the property of
You, as a user of this site, may not modify, publish, transmit,
display, participate in the transfer or sale of or in any way exploit the
content of ABPAweb without express written consent of the American Backflow
Prevention Association. Furthermore, you acknowledge that you do not acquire any
ownership rights by downloading copyrighted material.
include content with inaccuracies or typographical errors. Also, changes may be
made to this web site (e.g. addition and removal of content, updates, etc.) at
any given time. The American Backflow Prevention Association assumes no
liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this
PLEASE DO NOT POST ANY THREATENING OR LIBELOUS MATERIAL ON THIS
WEB SITE THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A VIOLATION OF THE LAW. THE AMERICAN BACKFLOW
PREVENTION ASSOCIATION WILL COOPERATE FULLY WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PROSECUTE
Any notes, message or billboard postings, ideas, suggestions,
concepts or other materials submitted to the American Backflow Prevention
Association web site will become the property of ABPA. When submitting material
to this site, you acknowledge that the American Backflow Prevention Association
has the right to publish this material.
Copyright Permission Form
Guidelines for use of copyrighted material:
American Backflow Prevention Association is
committed to maintaining high ethical standards in all that we do. As part of
this, we recognize and respect intellectual property rights and strive to
fulfill our obligations regarding the use of copyright-protected works.
What materials are protected by copyright?
Literary works such
as books, magazines, journals, newspapers, training materials, and manuals
Pictures and graphics such as photographs, maps, and
Sound recordings such as compact disks and cassette tapes
Architectural works such as blueprints and schematics
such as TV and radio programs and videotapes
Electronic media such as World
Wide Web pages and contents therein
NOTE: Copyright law protects these
materials even if they are not registered with the U.S. Copyright office and
even if they do not include the copyright symbol ((c)). Written permission to
use these materials is legally required even when these materials are being used
for educational purposes.
What materials are NOT protected by copyright?
Ideas or concepts
Scientific or technical methods or
Business operations or procedures
Formulas or algorithms
Any U.S. Government publication
NOTE: U.S Government publications may be
used freely and can be a good source of information and images. These documents
should be used instead of private copyrighted materials whenever possible.
Proper credit must still be given to government publications whenever they are
used. Be aware, however, that some U.S. Government publications may contain
third party materials that cannot be used without permission from the owner.
How can copyright protected materials be used? No member may reproduce
any copyrighted work in print, audio, video, or electronic form in violation of
the law. To avoid copyright violation, obtain written permission from the
copyright holder before using any copyright protected materials. These
guidelines include a sample letter and form that can be modified to request
permission from the original publisher/author.
Due to the administrative
burden of managing royalty payments, ABPA does not use materials when the
copyright holder demands a fee for use of their materials.
correspondence dealing with a request for permission to use copyrighted
materials must be forwarded to the ABPA Headquarters for safekeeping. This
information could prove useful in the event of legal proceedings.
Whenever copyright protected materials are used with the copyright
holder's permission, each use of the material must be accompanied by a clear
statement identifying the original source and copyright holder and that the
material is being used by permission. See FIGURE 1 for an example.
Simply acknowledging the source of copyrighted material does not substitute for
obtaining written permission.
What happens if copyright laws are not
followed? Unauthorized use of copyrighted materials can subject ABPA and ABPA
members to the following:
Injunctions and impounding/destruction of the
Liability for damages and any additional profits
earned using the unauthorized material
Statutory damages up to $100,000 per
Liability for attorney fees and court costs in addition to the
costs incurred by ABPA
Fraudulent removal or alteration of a copyright
notice from someone else's materials can result in a $2500 fine per violation.
Note: Damages can be imposed even if the copyright holder suffers no lost
profits or other monetary damage.
If you are unsure about the use of any
outside materials in your curriculum, ask the ABPA office personnel BEFORE using
Shane Dillard (409-862-7606) is the ABPA Office Manager,
and she can help find answers to your questions about the use of copyrighted
1: How to document the source of an image
from: (Title of Source). Copyright (Year) by (Copyright Holder).
January 01, 2001
RE: Permission to use portions of (Original Work Title)
Permissions Department (or contact name if available):
American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA), is a non-profit organization
which provides technology and training for public and private sector industry.
One of the courses we teach is (Course Name). We have found some information (in
your literature/on your Web site/on your video...) that would be helpful in
Therefore, we respectfully request permission to reproduce
the following (page/pages/video/animation/image) (include all that apply and
attach everything that is to be used), from (Original Work), to be used in our
(state use) and other materials for use in (state use). In addition, ABPA may
have the opportunity to provide the material for a fee to third parties. Any
resulting fee income will be used to further the non-profit educational programs
of the American Backflow Prevention Association.
Due to the
administrative burden of managing royalty payments, ABPA does not use materials
where such payments would be required.
Of course, proper credit will be
given wherever your materials are used, and your materials will be referenced in
a list of sources of additional information that is included in the materials.
Thank you for your consideration. You may respond using the enclosed
form via mail or by fax to (fax number). If you have any questions, please call
me at (phone number).
Backflow Prevention Association