1. Introductory remarks
GCSP is a foundation organized under Swiss Law specializing in training and educational programs, research and publications as well as the organization of conferences, meetings and courses in the field of international security and peace.
GCSP is aware of copyright issues linked to its activities. GCSP therefore actively engages in safeguarding copyright owned by authors as defined in Paragraph 2.3 and in using copyrighted works strictly in accordance with the law. To this end GCSP cooperates with collective management societies empowered by law to collect license fees in particular copyright areas.
This Copyright Policy contains summarized information regarding the scope of the rights acquired by GCSP (Paragraph 7) to use copyrighted works created by certain authors in connection with GCSP activities. Authors are welcome to ask for more detailed information, if required.
The present Copyright Policy rules should be viewed against the background of the Chatham House Rule applied by GCSP in most of its activities. This Rule basically provides that participants in conferences, meetings, courses etc. organized by GCSP under the proviso of the Rule "are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker or speakers nor that of any other participant may be revealed".
2. Meaning of terms
2.2 The term "publish" in the sense of this Policy refers to the publication by GCSP of works created by authors according to Paragraph 2.3 for GCSP purposes (conferences, meetings, courses etc.):
i. on the GCSP Alumni Platform, in the GCSP virtual classroom and/or on the GCSP Knowledge Base, all of these databases being accessible to persons authorized by GCSP;
ii. in GCSP publications accessible to the public.
2.3 The term "author" in the sense of this Policy refers to:
i. a guest speaker;
ii. a participant in GCSP conferences, meetings, courses etc.
iii. a member of the Faculty;
iv. any GCSP employee;
creating copyrighted works for GCSP purposes such as conferences, meetings and courses.
3. Scope of publication rights assigned to GCSP (electronic platforms)
Subject to the limitations listed in Paragraphs 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 GCSP is entitled to publish works or excerpts thereof created by authors on electronic platforms according to Paragraph 2.2 (i):
3.1 The access to the platforms is restricted to users having been granted prior permission by GCSP in the framework of continuous learning. GCSP may, in its discretion, grant access to any person having educational, professional and/or scientific relations with the Centre, particularly to authors according to Paragraph 2.3 and participants in past and present GCSP conferences, meetings, courses etc.
3.2 Works created by authors in connection with GCSP conferences, meetings, courses etc. governed by the Chatham House Rule shall be published in conformity with this Rule.
3.3 Authorized users shall agree with GCSP to use works made available to them for private and personal purposes only.
4. Video recordings of GCSP events
GCSP may, in its discretion, publish video recordings or excerpts thereof of GCSP events (conferences, meetings, courses etc.) on electronic platforms according to Paragraph 2.2 (i). In such instances GCSP is authorised to reveal the identity and affiliation of authors.
Registered Users shall agree with GCSP to use the recordings for private and personal purposes only and to respect the Chatham House Rule, if applicable.
5. Publication of copyrighted works in GCSP print and electronic media
GCSP may publish works or excerpts thereof created by guest speakers and participants (2.3 (i) and (ii)) in GCSP print and electronic media (such as periodicals, collective works, analyses etc.) publicly available subject to the prior written consent of the authors.
Works created by members of the faculty or any other GCSP employees (2.3 (iii) and (iv)) may be published in GCSP print and electronic media according to special agreements between GCSP and such persons.
6. Authors' obligation to respect copyright owned by third parties
GCSP expects authors to thoroughly check whether sources that they use in creating works for GCSP purposes might be protected by copyright (or any other intellectual property rights) and to obtain from the owner of such right the authorization required to assign to GCSP the publication rights according to the present Copyright Policy rules.
7. Acceptance of the Copyright Policy rules and assignment of publication rights
Authors and participants in GCSP conferences, meetings, courses etc. receiving the present Copyright Policy implicitly agree to accept its terms, in particular the terms on the assignment of copyright to GCSP within the limits set forth above and on the restrictions authorized users of GCSP electronic platforms are subject to. This Copyright Policy is governed by Swiss Law.
10 October 2008
Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)