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Ten Rules for Ethical Website Operations!


“The Ten Commandments of Ethical Website Operation for Copyrights.”

The Code for Ethical Operation On Line by the Association for Consumer Effectiveness

1. BE ETHICAL AND FAIR.

Members of the Association for Consumer Effectiveness pledge to create all their on-line content utilizing ethical best practices and standards, which reflect the Associations commitment to fair business dealings, observance of all copyright laws and rights of digital content ownership by the original authors, posters, or creators.

2. POSSES NO UNETHICAL MEDIA OR CONTENT ON YOUR SITE

All A.C.E. member websites agree and state that they are the lawful copyright holder of any and all content displayed on their website. Furthermore, any website which displays the A.C.E. logo shall not engage in the practice known as “earning media,” which utilizes “captured media” in an unethical manner. This is typically done by using confusing and lengthy contracts which trick consumers to surrender the ownership rights in their content by posting that content on your website.

3. OUR BATTLE-CRY!

All A.C.E. members shall adopt the following statement: “The most worthy and effective advertisement possible, is the establishment of a well-merited reputation for professional capacity and fidelity to trust. This cannot be forced, but must be the outcome of character and conduct.”(Cannons of Professional Ethics 1908, Cannon 27).

4. BE A PROFESSIONAL

Only individuals, companies, and their websites in good standing with A.C.E. may display the A.C.E logo on their website, and call themselves a Professional Information Technology website or company.

5. RESPECT ALL COPYRIGHTS

No A.C.E. company shall commit acts of plagiarism, copyright infringement, or attempt to convince their customers that any pictures, posts, blogs, written works, derivations therefrom, or other user generated and created content belongs to anyone other than the true author and copyright owner.

6. REMOVE WITHOUT PROTEST CONFLICTED CONTENT

A.C.E. certified companies agree that they shall always remove any and all posts, pictures, or other website content which a user, consumer, customer, content creator, and true and lawful copyright holder and owner asks be removed from an A.C.E. certified website.

7. BOYCOTT UNETHICAL COPYRIGHT CONTENT

All A.C.E. member companies will refuse to purchase or trade in the stolen, plagiarized, and unlicensed copyrighted content business. Author bots and regurgitation machines will not be used by any member websites. Instead real authors, writers, photographers, and other journalists will be used to create organic, grassroots work product and content, who seek to bring or maintain a new standard level of excellence to the internet in journalism and content creation.

8. RESPECT ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF CONTENT CREATORS

All A.C.E. members shall act in an ethical and honest manner, and shall remember that Copyright law does govern all electronic content. Furthermore, copyright laws exist to protect and ensure the fact that an artist, author, inventor, programmer, has the exclusive right to profit from their own ideas, work, and intellectual property. Only the creator has the right to first sell the license to use, re-print, re-publish, reproduce their own creation, change or alter that copyrighted material or transmute their intellectual property into a different form, format, derivative, or medium.

9. OBEY THE LAWS THAT PROTECT AND GUIDE THE ASSOCIATION

The following laws shall be strictly adhered to by all Association for Copyright Ethics members: Privacy Protection Act of 1980, Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1987; Consumer Internet Privacy Protections Act of 1997, Data Privacy Act of 1997, The Do Not Call Implementation Act of 2003, Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, Children’s online Privacy Protections Act of 1998, No Electronic Theft Act of 1997, Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, the European Union Copyright Directive, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

10. UPHOLD THE STANDARDS, LEAD BY EXAMPLE!

All members agree that the Association for Copyright Ethics shall adhere to and abide by all the standards and recommended best practices of the Association. as well as abide this list of rules hereinafter known as “The Ten Commandments of Ethical Website Operation for Copyrights.” In so doing make known the Association, our standards, and the strict adherence to on-line copyright ethical behavior by our members, thus creating trust in the Association and making our members the standard bearers of proper copyright practices and ethical copyright leaders of the internet.

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