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Copyright Information: Composers contributing content to the Public Philosophy Journal retain the copyright to their contributions. By contributing content, composers grant the PPJ an exclusive license to publish their content on the Internet and the World Wide Web, including any future technologies that develop to supplement or replace the Internet or World Wide Web, on the terms of the Licensing Agreement below. All rights not expressly granted to the PPJ, including the right to publish content in other media, are retained by the authors.

The PPJ is committed to providing open access to its content, as well as to the digital tools built for the project. Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International licensing (CC BY 4.0) best facilitates the journal's open access mission, and CC BY 4.0 is the default license for content published on and produced for the PPJ. CC BY 4.0 allows composers to maintain the copyright to their content while also facilitating sharing and free use. According to the agreement, others may "copy," "redistribute," "remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose" provided they supply an appropriate attribution (including, among other requirements, the work's title, the author's names, and a link to the content's original publication in the PPJ). In addition to licensing publications in the PPJ using CC BY 4.0, project tools and processes are also copyrighted according to the same protections. Thus, our Collegiality Index, Formative Peer Review process, and the digital tools that make these systems possible are freely available for interested parties to share, modify, and put to their own use, provided they seek permission from the PPJ and supply the appropriate attributions.

Because the PPJ recognizes that some composers prefer to exercise stricter control over their content published in the PPJ, other Creative Commons licenses remain available. These licenses include additional restrictions such as "NonCommercial," "NoDerivatives," or "ShareAlike," which are designed to protect content from certain types of sharing and manipulation.

Licensing Agreement: By contributing content to the Public Philosophy Journal composers grant the PPJ a perpetual, exclusive, worldwide right to copy, distribute, transmit and publish their content on the Internet and World Wide Web according to the CC BY 4.0 license. Composers also grant a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide right to copy, distribute, transmit and publish any and all derivative works prepared or modified by the Editors from the original content, in whole or in part, by any variety of methods on all types of publication and broadcast media other than the Internet, now known or hereafter invented. Composers agree to these terms as a condition of publishing in the journal, but the PPJ will also procure and retain a signed acknowledgement of this agreement.

Statement of Liability and Indemnity: By contributing content to the PPJ, composers grant, to the Editor, Managing Editor, Managing Community Director, Field Editors, members of the Editorial Advisory Board, MATRIX, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and their officers, trustees, agents and employees, immunity from all liability arising from their work. All composers are responsible for securing permissions to use any copyrighted material, including graphics, quotations, and photographs, within their compositions, copies of which will be retained by the PPJ and the composer. The Editor, Managing Editor, Managing Community Director, Field Editors, members of the Editorial Advisory Board, MATRIX, Michigan State University, Penn State University, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and their officers, trustees, agents and employees therefore disclaim any and all responsibility for copyright violations and any other form of liability arising from the content of the PPJ or from any material associated with the PPJ. Composers agree to indemnify and hold the PPJ parties harmless from any claims of copyright infringement or other alleged wrongdoing in connection with composers’ content.

Take Down Policy: Every effort has been made by composers and PPJ parties to discover and contact copyright holders of content used on this website. To the extent that a copyright holder could not be found or an inadvertent permissions or copyright error was made, the PPJ promises to remove content upon notice and request by a copyright holder. Alleged copyright violations should be brought to the attention of the content’s composer(s) and the Editor, so that such issues may be resolved.