Copyright Policy

Creative Commons License

All original material on the our website may be freely distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, unless otherwise noted. If we did not produce the material, however, you must get permission from the copyright holder or otherwise abide by their copyright policy. We use the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

You don't have to ask permission to use any of our material. You have our permission. If you want to let us know for publicity purposes, you can let us know by e-mail or social media.

We would also really appreciate it if you referenced us when you use our material. This helps others gain access to our material. Thanks!

DMCA Takedown Procedure / Copyright Infringement Notification

The DMCA refers to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. You can learn more about copyright here and read the text of the act here.

Below are directions for you to contact us should you have a claim on intellectual property that you own. Because your claim is important to us, please use the following format to make sure we can get back to you as soon as possible:

  1. Identify with sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed. You can send us the link with the page location and item. Posts must be referenced by either the dates in which they appear or by the permalink of the post. Include the URL to the concerned material infringing your copyright (URL of a website or URL to a post, with title, date, name of the emitter), or link to initial post with sufficient data to find it.
  2. Include your name, contact information, and relationship to the work's author.
  3. Include a statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material is done in a mattern not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  4. Include a statement that the information in your notification is accurate under penalty of perjery, that the you are authorized to to act on behalf of the work's owner.

Note that under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability for damages. See existing caselaw: “in order for a copyright owner to proceed under the DMCA with “a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law,” the owner must evaluate whether the material makes fair use of the copyright.” Lenz v. Universal, 572 F. Supp. 2d 1150, 1155 (2008).

A summary of fair use can be found here.

If you'd just like us to reference you in a certain way, feel free to contact us as well.

DMCA Designated Agent Information:

Aaron Hamlin
The Center for Election Science

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