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This Content Usage Policy sets forth the guidelines for use of MAHCC content.

The "pages" or documents on this website, or portions thereof, including but not limited to all text, graphics, software, and other files, as well as their selection and arrangement, (collectively, the "Content") are the property of the MAHCC. Copyright © 2007 - 2011, Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  All rights are reserved.

All Content is presented as a service and may not be copied,  distributed,  republished,  framed,  licensed,  sublicensed,  downloaded,  displayed,  posted,  sold,  resold,  or transmitted, i n any form or by any means,  in whole or in part,  without MAHCC's prior written permission,  except that such Content may be viewed,  downloaded,  printed and distributed subject to the following conditions:

  • The content may only be used for informational, noncommercial purposes.
  • Any copy of the content or portion thereof must include the following copyright notice: "Copyright © 20007 - 2011 Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved." and must retain all other proprietary notices.
  • MAHCC shall have the right to revoke such authorization at any time, and any such use shall be discontinued by you upon notice from MAHCC.
  • Any other use of the Content from the Site without MAHCC's prior written authorization is prohibited. Any breach of the conditions herein will automatically terminate your permission to use the Site and its Content. To obtain written consent, please contact

The basic intellectual property information given below is provided to help site visitors better understand intellectual property laws as they relate to the use of content displayed on this site.  It is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.


A copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state to the creator of an original work or their assignee for a limited period of time upon disclosure of the work. Copyright protects original works of authorship. This includes the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. A copyright is created as soon as a work is fixed in a tangible medium (e.g., on paper, on video, on canvas, etc.). a specific period of time, after which the work is said to enter the public domain. Uses covered under limitations and exceptions to copyright, such as fair use, do not require permission from the copyright owner, but all other uses require permission. Copyright owners can license or permanently transfer or assign their exclusive rights to others.

Initially, copyright law applied to only the copying of books. Over time other uses such as translations and derivative works were made subject to copyright. Copyright now covers a wide range of works, (such as a picture, drawing, graphics, software program, written work, sculpture, song, or photograph.

Today copyright laws are partially standardized through international and regional agreements such as the Berne Convention and the WIPO Copyright Treaty. Although there are consistencies among nations' copyright laws, each jurisdiction has separate and distinct laws and regulations covering copyright.

As a general rule, for works created after Jan. 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.  For an anonymous work,  a pseudonymous work,  or a work made for hire,  the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation,  whichever expires first.  To determine the length of copyright protection for a particular work, consult Chapter 3 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). A work of authorship is in the "public domain" if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner.


A trademark is a word, name, symbol or other device that identifies the goods or services of a given person or company and distinguishes them from the goods or services of other persons or companies.  In other words,  a trademark functions to exclusively identify the commercial source or origin of products or services,  such that a trademark indicates source or serves as a badge of origin.

Trademark law prevents anyone from using other's trademark (such as the name of a musical group or artist) on merchandise,  because such use will cause consumers to believe that the trademark owner has made,  approved of,  or endorsed your merchandise.  In short,  a trademark is someone's name/brand.  For example, is a registered trademark.  On the other hand, a Service Mark is any word, name, symbol, or device or any combination thereof adopted and used by a merchant to identify and distinguish their services from those provided by others and to indicate the source of the services. For instance, "Talk to Us: We are listening" and " - A Name You Can Trust." are Service Marks of the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

An owner of a trademark/service mark has the right to use that trademark/service mark and to prevent others from benefiting from the trademark/service mark's good reputation and recognition in the marketplace. The ® symbol represents that a trademark is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The ® symbol may only be used in association with a trademark that is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If the trademark/service mark is followed by a TM or SM symbol the goods/services provider is using the mark as a trademark, although the mark may not be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Certain exclusive rights attach to a registered mark, which can be enforced by way of an action for trademark infringement, while unregistered trademark rights may be enforced pursuant to the common law tort of passing off.

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