Terms for Using Rotary International Trademarks and Copyrights

These Terms for Using Rotary International Trademarks and Copyrights ("Terms") apply to Rotarians, the public and third parties ("User" and "Users") who are interested in using Rotary International's materials published on www.rotary.org , RI mobile sites, applications and features (collectively "the Site"). The Site is owned by Rotary International ("RI," "us," "we"). Unless otherwise indicated, all of the content contained or displayed on this Site and any products and services (collectively "Site Content") are owned and/or controlled by Rotary International, its licensors, or third-party partners. Please also see the Rotary International Web site Terms of Use ("Terms of Use").

Trademarks

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark distinguishes the source of the services of one party from those of others. Below, the terms "trademark" and "marks" refer to both trademarks and service marks. Remember: trademarks are adjectives; trademarks may not be used in the plural or possessive form.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of RI's trademarks: "ROTARY," "ROTARY CLUB," "ROTARY INTERNATIONAL," the ROTARY Emblem, "THE ROTARY FOUNDATION," THE ROTARY FOUNDATION Logo, "TRF," "ROTARIAN," "INTERACT," "INTERACT CLUB," "ROTARACT," "ROTARACT CLUB," among numerous others (collectively the "Rotary Marks"). The absence of a trademark from this list does not constitute a waiver of RI's trademark or other rights.

Use of Rotary International's Trademarks by Rotarians

RI's trademarks, service marks, trade names, and trade dress are valuable assets. In following RI's policies and guidelines, you help RI to protect its valuable trademark rights for the benefit of all Rotarians. The goodwill derived from using any part of an RI trademark exclusively inures to the benefit of and belongs to RI. Except for the limited rights permitted under these Terms, no other rights of any kind are granted hereunder.

Rotary Clubs and other Rotary Entities may use the Rotary Marks in promotional and project materials as set forth in the Visual Identity Guide, the Manual of Procedure and the Rotary Code of Policies.

You may not use the Rotary Marks in a manner that would imply RI's affiliation with or endorsement, sponsorship, or support of a third party product or service.

If you would like to sell or give-away merchandise, such as t-shirts and mugs, bearing the Rotary Marks you must purchase such merchandise from an Official RI Licensed Vendor or contact rilicensingservices@rotary.org for a release. Such products must be in compliance with the event-specific exception to licensing set forth in the Rotary Code of Policies.

Use of Rotary International's Trademarks by Third Parties

You may not use the Rotary Marks for any purpose except pursuant to an express written trademark license from RI.

Authorized parties may use the Rotary Marks only as specified in their agreement with RI and any associated guidelines. If you are a licensee of RI or have received written permission to use the Rotary Marks, please follow the terms or guidelines set forth in your license agreement or permission grant.

Any use of RI's trademarks, without RI's prior written consent may constitute trademark infringement and unfair competition in violation of federal and state laws.

Use of Rotary International's Copyrighted Materials and Attribution

A copyright is a form of protection for original works of authorship, including books, magazines, articles, software, art, music, photographs, videos, etc.

A User of this Site may download or print a single copy of any copyrighted Site Content (unless otherwise noted) for personal, noncommercial informational use, provided the User does not a) remove any trademark, copyright, or other notice contained therein and b) copy or post such Content on any networked computer. No use of Site Content in a publication for commercial purposes is permitted without the prior written permission of RI. Authorized Rotarian uses of Site Content are set forth below.

Rotarian Uses

Unless particular materials are specifically restricted or restricted as noted on the Site, RI grants Rotary club, Interact club, and Rotaract club members ("Members") only a nonexclusive license to copy, use and distribute Site Content provided the Member complies with all of the following conditions:

  • The copies are used in a publication of a Rotary Entity (as defined in the Rotary Code of Policies);
  • The copies are distributed only for the noncommercial educational or public policy purposes of promoting humanitarian service through RI;
  • The particular article, photograph, text, document, public service announcement, graphic or Site Content is reproduced in its entirety and in its original form (you may not edit or otherwise change the substance of the content, or change or delete any copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices);
  • No fee is charged for any copy or for access to Site Content; and
  • Attribution notice for RI's copyrighted materials is given as required below:

RI Articles

    • Print reproduction: "Title of article," author, publication title, volume, issue, and date. "Copyright © (date as it appears in publication) Rotary International. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission." (e.g., "It takes a global village to immunize a child," by Sophia Dembling, The Rotarian, August 2008. Copyright © 2008 Rotary International. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission.)
    • Electronic reproduction: "Title of article," author, publication title, volume, issue, and date. "Copyright © (date as it appears in publication) Rotary International. All Rights Reserved. Reproduced with permission."

Pages or portions from a book or other RI publication

    • Print reproduction: Title, author. "Copyright © (date as it appears in book or publication) Rotary International. Reprinted by permission."
    • Electronic reproduction: Title, author. "Copyright © (date as it appears in book or publication) Rotary International. Reproduced with permission."

RI Photographs (Rotary Images)

    • Print and electronic reproduction: Copyright © Rotary International / [Optional: Photographer's Name]

If you have purchased copies of RI DVDs or VHS tapes ("Products"), you represent, warrant, and agree that such Products and the programming contained in such Products: 1) are only for non-broadcast use unless otherwise stated on packaging for or in materials about Products, and 2) are only to be displayed for educational or public policy purposes of promoting humanitarian service through RI.

All Users

Some of the copyrights and other proprietary rights in the photographs, publications and audiovisual materials posted or contained on this Site may also be owned by individuals and entities other than, and in addition to, RI. You must contact those copyright owners to request permission. RI is not responsible for any claim, loss, or damage arising from any use of these materials and Site Content.

Any User wishing to use any of the Site Content in a publication or for commercial purposes must request and receive prior written permission from RI, which is in RI's sole discretion. Any unauthorized use of Site Content, including for commercial publication or exploitation, will violate RI's rights.

If you have any questions concerning the usage or licensing of RI copyrighted materials, please contact rilicensingservices@rotary.org.

Copyright and Trademark Complaints

RI respects the intellectual property rights (including copyright and trademark rights) of others and expects that you also respect others 'rights. The "Your Use of the Site" section of the Terms of Use prohibits Users from posting content that violates another party's intellectual property rights. RI retains the right, at its discretion, to suspend and/or terminate the accounts of users who infringe or who are accused of infringing on numerous occasions the intellectual property rights of others.

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable laws, RI has adopted a policy of responding to claims that User content and Site Content on www.rotary.org infringes copyright or other intellectual property rights.

If you believe that any content appearing on this Site infringes your rights, please provide notification of infringement as follows:

  1. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
  2. A description of (and location of) the content on the Site that you claim infringes your copyrighted work;
  3. Your full legal name, mailing address, phone number and email address;
  4. A declaration that a) you have a good faith believe that use of the copyrighted material that you are complaining about is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; b) the information in your notice is accurate; and c) you declare under penalty of perjury that you are the owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed; and
  5. A physical or electronic signature (for example, typing your full name).

Please send your notice to: Copyright, Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3698 or copyrightnotice@rotary.org . RI provides this contact information for purposes of the DMCA only and reserves the right to respond only to correspondence that is relevant to the purposes of DMCA compliance.

If you receive notification that your post has been removed due to a copyright complaint and would like to dispute or file a counter-notice to such notification, you must do so within 10 business days. We will forward a copy of a valid counter-notice to the person who filed the original complaint. If your account receives too many copyright complaints, RI may suspend or terminate your account, in RI's discretion.

Your counter-notice shall contain the following information:

  1. Your full legal name, address, telephone number and email address;
  2. A description and the location of where the content was removed;
  3. A statement that under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed in error; and
  4. A physical or electronic signature (for example, tying your full name).

Please send your counter-notice to: Copyright, Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3698, copyrightnotice@rotary.org.

If you believe that a User is using your trademark in an infringing way on this Site, please email us at rilicensingervices@rotary.org. RI will review your submission and take any necessary action, in its sole discretion.