Contents
I. Contact
II. Deleted Items
III. Anonymity
IV. Affiliations and Linkbacks
V. Copyright and Fair Dealing
VI. Captionings and Subtitles
References

I. Contact

You can send an e-mail at info [at] prickeared [dot] com, or simply fill out the form under “Contact” subpage accessible via the header.  You may also send a letter or contact me via an instant message program. I am on all the networks, and all one has to do is fire off an e-mail for information.

Before sending off a letter or an e-mail, please disengage from vicious attacks. I don’t mind criticism, a critique or a debate, but if the intent to harm me is clear, I will do one of the followings:

  1. Respond in kind.
  2. Put you on ignore.
  3. Report you to your mail provider and or Internet service provider for suspension.
  4. If, and only if, the mail provider is tied to your workplace or a district, I will report to your employer or the administration with a signed letterhead. Simply put, if you do not want the higher-ups involved, instead of using a business or academic account, use your personal contact.
  5. Publish the e-mail, letter or transcript and subject it to public ridicule, with or without your name attached.

You can criticize me and my works all you want; but if the intent is clearly malicious, I will take actions. I have an ownership over anything you send or give me, and you have ownership over anything I send you since correspondence is property of the recipients, even though the sender has a copy as well. The laws are clear on this.

If you ask to keep the exchange off the record in the initial contact prior to starting a dialogue and we agree to the request, normally such content won’t be published. However repeat offenders and anonymous will not be taken as lightly.

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II. Deleted Items

There will be times where I will, like all online authors, decide to delete or undo publication of an article or a photograph due to the semi-permanent nature of electronic data. Normally this is done for housekeeping to reduce redundancy, avoid replications and duplicates, to undo an accident or to fine-tune existing works. I do however reserve the right to delete any and all content outside my domain.

I usually keep a copy of all finalized contents on a hard-drive. If you need an article for research reasons, in the interest of maintaining integrity, please contact me and explain why such articles are needed for the project. However, pick your battle as asking for the entire archive will be seen as unreasonable since it will be glaringly obvious not all the content is required. I will do whatever I can to assist someone in pursuit of their research.

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III. Anonymity

People have the right to use any online handle or alias if they so desire while commenting. Anonymity is assumed unless something else transpired.

If sometimes during the discussion, someone figured out who the anonymous person is, then it should be understood there are numerous ways of finding out who is who. There is no such thing as true anonymity these days. People have gotten better at picking up certain grammatical patterns or using the search engine. Just because someone doesn’t have the skill to check their eletronic footprint doesn’t mean other people are incapable as well.

If this happens, the previously-anonymous person is then is held accountable for his or her actions and words, and should be able to defend him or herself if false accusations are made. Victimization is not an excuse, and one should provide all of the facts to clear his or her name.

However, this is not a licence to participate in any form of cyber-bullying such as stalking, shaming, name-calling, pejoratives, gas-lighting or any other form of dehumanization. A rational debate should take place.

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IV. Affiliations and Linkbacks

Merely publishing a URL or a photograph does not necessarily means I endorse the website or the product. This is simply done for research reasons, and to provide readers an all-compassing view. All clicks are done at your discretion, and I am not held responsible for anything the reader find undesirable.

Any blogs published on the sidebar does not means I am affiliated to them. If the authors’ logic are sound and provide reasonable cases in their critiques, despite the possibility I may strongly disagree with them, I will provide the readership a chance to look at views other than my own. All linkbacks to “Prick-Eared” weblog will be treated in the same regard: they’re not affiliated to me, but merely providing their readerships an alternate view.

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V. Copyright and Fair Dealing

In Commonwealth countries, the American concept of “fair use” is known as “fair dealing.” In Canada, this could be found under Section 29 of the Copyright Act. “Fair dealing” differs from “fair use” in that the user cannot profit from the modified or cited works of the holder. If it pertains to either research or private study as criticism or review (Schedule 1) or for news reporting (Schedule 2) without a profit or compensation motive (Schedule 3), the exceptions provided by “fair dealing” protect the user’s interests. Keep in mind, a parody can be considered as a critique.

If the question of copyrighted materials being used is still an issue, please send an e-mail to info [at] prickeared [dot] com. We can negotiate and iron something out. Surely, there must be a way to keep both parties satisfied.

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VI. Captionings and Subtitles

All videos on “Prick-Eared” weblog will be captioned, hard-subbed or soft-subbed. With each video, the spoken, written and or manual language within the video will be noted to inform the readers which languages to anticipate. In cases where captions or subtitles are not available, a transcript will be provided in English.

If “Prick-Eared” falls short of its captioning guidelines, please feel free to file a complaint with info [at] prickeared [dot] com. The matters will be resolved soon as possible.

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References

Department of Justice Canada. “Copyright Act (R.S., 1985, c. C-42).” Last accessed December 25, 2010. http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/C-42/page-3.html

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