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The info below, written to comfort our many lawyer visitors, sounds awfully complicated, but in fact it's very simple. It basically boils down to:
    1. Make sure it's legally yours to send; and,
    2. Send it.

Just look it over and let us know if you've any questions.

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Information About Contributing / Providing
Material To The 'Lectric Law
Library Last Revised 12/96

If you have any law related information, documents, articles, stories, etc. ("material") that you think other folks would find interesting or useful we're interested in including it in the Library's holdings.

The information below only applies to non-promotional material. If the material is for promotional/commercial purposes (i.e. intended to promote your business, firm, organization, product, etc.) please see our files on:

Promoting Your Service/Firm/Product in The Library

The main difference between the two is purpose rather than content. Also, promotional material can be linked to directory listings or your own web site and can have expanded author attributions, forms, automatic e-mail reply features, graphics, etc.

* MATERIAL'S SUBJECT MATTER

As you can see the Library's collection is rather eclectic. We're especially interested in original material on self-help law, litigation practice, interesting pending legislation, current law related news topics (An O.J. interview where he fesses up would be nice.), etc., but anything law related, of good quality, not outdated, and of interest to others will be considered. And we're not afraid of material that is controversial, even very controversial, so long as it is otherwise acceptable.

Our criteria for putting material in the Library are totally subjective and can include: topicality, importance; accuracy; degree of public interest; quality of writing; our mood; the size of the bribe offered; uniqueness; etc. The bottom line is whether we think it'll contribute to the Library's overall quality.

* WHAT NOT TO SEND

Do not send paranoid conspiracy theory material, right or left wing loony tune stuff or poor quality pro per filings unless you don't mind it being placed in the 'Rubber Room'. And nothing about Richard Nixon unless real negative.

However, GENUINE recent interviews with Hitler, Jesus, Thomas Jefferson's ghost or space aliens will be considered as will confirmable material relating to Bill Clinton and the CIA (or trilaterial commission, commies, Jews, the neighbor's goldfish, etc.) using satellites to scan and confuse your thought patterns or make you spontaneously combust. After all, even paranoids sometimes have real enemies.

* SUBMISSION PERMISSION

If you think your stuff would be a worthwhile addition to the Library, just deliver it as described below. You don't have to waste your time and ours by asking. The worst that can happen is we don't use it. [Well, actually it's probably worse when we send our highly trained hit- squad to torture you into signing all your rights over to us, then kill you (framing your best friend for your murder). We'll then take all credit for writing it, win the Nobel Prize, and sell your material for a gazillion dollars, without giving a cent to your now penniless and grief-stricken family. Or worse yet, we'll...]

* DELIVERY TO THE LIBRARY

Material may be sent either by e-mail or on 3½" IBM formatted floppy discs to the addresses below.

* LENGTH

It's preferable that any individual article/file be 20k or less in size if you expect people to read it on line. Figure many folk's brain's freeze after the equivalent of 4 or 5 double-spaced typed pages. Otherwise we'll probably zip (compress) it for down-loading and off-line use, in which case, if it's good, size is irrelevant.

* FILE FORMATS

Straight ascii text without linebreaks is preferred but we can handle most PC word processing formats like WordPerfect and Word. Don't send other formats like Apple, PDF, etc.

All but very simple tables and similar items are hard to reproduce in ascii. Either remove them or make sure they work in ascii... and no graphics please.

* COPYRIGHT MATTERS

Contributors retain any intellectual property rights in the contributed material at all times; are free to use or re-use it in whatever manner they choose, and; may have the material removed from the Library at any time. We'll remove the material as soon as practical but don't guarantee how long that will be.

All material, unless specifically stating otherwise, is subject to the Library's general position regarding copyright:

While the Library's general position regarding copyrights allows the reproduction and distribution of a limited amount of material from the Library for non-commercial purposes, so long as it's done free of charge and includes proper attribution and copyright notice, any such distribution is governed by the actual Copyright Policy found in our 'Inner Sanctum' [www.lectlaw.com/files/faq-copy].

If you want other copyright protection for your material, either stronger or weaker, just include it.

* ATTRIBUTIONS

Only very simple attribution is allowed, especially if you're part of a commercial concern. Something like "by Jane Doe, NYC attorney" is fine, but "by Jane Dow, a partner in the worlds best personal injury law firm of Doe and Doe PC, 202 5th Ave., NY, NY. We're so good that ambulances chase us -- give us your checkbook and we'll sue anything, even ourselves..." won't make it. Educators, writers, public servants, etc. have a little more leeway like "by Jane Doe, PhD, Professor of Cosmetology and Voodoo at Harvard University, Barundi Campus..." Use your common sense.

The Library will add its current standard footer to all material.

* PROVIDER'S OTHER RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

BY SUBMITTING MATERIAL TO THE LIBRARY YOU WILL BE AGREEING TO ABIDE BY AND/OR ACCEPT THIS DOCUMENT'S RELEVANT CONDITIONS, TERMS AND RULES!! ASSUME THAT IT IS THE SAME AS SIGNING A LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT!!

WHILE NOTHING HERE IS MEANT TO TRICK OR CHEAT YOU -- YOU SHOULD STILL BE CAREFUL!! IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH, OR UNDERSTAND, SOMETHING -- DO NOT SUBMIT MATERIAL UNTIL YOU DO!! IF SOMETHING IS UNCLEAR YOU SHOULD EITHER FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF, ASK US FOR AN EXPLANATION , OR GET COMPETENT INDEPENDENT ADVICE!! If you find anything objectionable, or want to change or add something, contact us. We should be able to work it out.

YOU AGREE AND WARRANT THAT ANY MATERIAL YOU SUBMIT DOES NOT VIOLATE OR INFRINGE THE RIGHTS OF ANY PERSONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, AND IS NOT LIBELOUS, DEFAMATORY, ABUSIVE OR OTHERWISE ILLEGAL, OR INTENDED TO FURTHER ANY ILLEGAL SCHEME OR PURPOSE.

YOU AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE LIBRARY AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, ETC., FROM ANY CLAIMS AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEY'S FEES, RELATING TO OR ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH BY YOU, INTENTIONAL OR OTHERWISE, OF YOUR OBLIGATIONS MENTIONED IN THIS DOCUMENT.

* THE LIBRARY'S RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

All communication will be by e-mail only and will be sent to the e-mail address you give us. If the e-mail is "bounced" or otherwise not completed we will make reasonable efforts to e-mail you again and if unsuccessful, will consider notification effective and will act in a manner that, in our sole discretion, is in your best interests, but without creating obligation, liability, or cost to you.

We intend (but don't promise) to notify you within a reasonable time: That we received any submitted material; If we will not use the material. However, we will notify you if the material will be, or is, placed in the Library.

While we do not want, or intend, to make any substantive changes in your material we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to edit or to delete any material. The Library will notify you of such changes and will assume you agree unless you instruct us otherwise within 3 days.

No liability is accepted for loss or damage of submitted materials and the Library will not return any submitted material, whether we use it or not. However, the Library will not give or distribute the material to anyone else without your permission.

The Library reserves the right to determine how and where in the Library to place the material and how long to keep it there.

The Library will not be responsible for any damage, ridicule, shunning, lynching, excommunication, imprisonment, or appointment or election to high office that befalls you connected in any way to inclusion or non- inclusion of your material.

* DISPUTE RESOLUTION

In any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the contribution, we agree to attempt to negotiate in good faith to address all issues raised. If we're unable to reach an amicable resolution to said dispute, we agree that it shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), under its Expedited Procedures provisions, and judgement upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The venue of such arbitration shall be mutually agreed to by the parties, or if such agreement is not reached, left to the AAA's equitable determination.

* FINALLY

The Library's addresses are:

e-mail:

snail mail: The 'Lectric Law Library
1945 N. Carson St. #142
Carson City, NV 89701 USA

Note: Mail with Nixon stamps will be returned or burned. (Don't ask...)

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