ABA Copyright & Intellectual Property Policy

All materials contained on the ABA Sites (as defined in the ABA Terms of Use) are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of the ABA, or, in the case of third-party materials, the prior written permission of the copyright owner of that content. You may not alter, delete, obscure, or conceal any trademark, copyright or other notice appearing in any ABA Content (as defined in the ABA Terms of Use). You may, however, download material from the ABA Sites for your own personal, noncommercial use.

Links to websites other than those owned by the ABA are offered as a service to our users. The ABA is not responsible for their content and such links are not an indication of an endorsement.  For further information, see Section 17 of the ABA Terms of Use.  The ABA makes no representations or warranties for any linked sites.  The ABA assumes no liability for any views, comments, communications, pictures, track back URLs, or videos that are posted on the ABA Sites by users of the website.  Nothing contained on the ABA Sites shall be construed as granting any license or other rights to any copyright, trademark, patent, or other property of the ABA or any third party, whether by implication, laches, estoppel or explicit grant.  Because the content is proprietary, any unauthorized use of materials on the ABA Sites may violate the law.

It is the ABA’s policy in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may be repeat infringers of the copyright and intellectual property rights of others.  The ABA reserves the right to terminate these rights and your only recourse is to terminate your use of the ABA Sites.

Notice for Claims of Intellectual Property or Copyright Infringement; Counter Notifications; Agent for Notice of Infringement

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, you may request removal pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512 (“DMCA”) by providing the ABA's Copyright Agent and the ABA’s Office of the General Counsel the following information:

A.  an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;

B.  a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

C.  a description of where the potentially infringing material is located on the ABA Sites;

D.  your address, telephone number, and email address;

E.   a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; AND

F.   a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

Please be aware that if you do not comply with all requirements of Section 512(c)(3) of the DMCA, your DMCA notice may not be effective.  If you knowingly and materially misrepresent that material or activity is infringing your copyright, you may be held liable for damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees.   

If you believe that materials you posted on the ABA Sites were removed by mistake or misidentification, you may file a counter-notification by providing ABA’s Copyright Agent the following information:

  1. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the removed material;
  2. a description of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access was disabled;
  3. your address, telephone number, and email address;
  4. a statement under penalty of perjury by you that the material identified was removed by mistake or misidentification; AND
  5. a statement by you that you will consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the district in which your address is located and that you will accept service from the person who provided the ABA with the complaint at issue.

The DMCA allows restoration of removed content if the party filing the original DMCA notice does not file a court action against you within 10 business days of receiving the counternotice.  Please be aware that if you knowingly and materially misrepresent that material or activity was removed by mistake or misidentification, you may be held liable for damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees. 

The ABA's Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement and counternotices is:

By mail:
American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60654
Attention: ABA Copyright Agent

By email: GCOffice@americanbar.org and copyright@americanbar.org

Reprints, Licensing & Permissions

Any reprint or permission requests to use any ABA publications and materials must be in writing to copyright@americanbar.org.  To request this permission, please visit the Reprints, Licensing & Permission page or the copyright holder identified in the copyright notice. 

Revised:  April 2021