Privacy Policy, Terms & Conditions

General Notice

This Taylor Geospatial Institute (herein also known as “TGI”) website is provided to support the Institute in fulfilling its mission. Any documents, search results or any other information found on or via this website are “as is” and neither Saint Louis University (SLU) nor TGI makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or liability for any lost profits or consequential damages, or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Neither SLU nor TGI makes any representations or warranties regarding the conditioning or functionality of this Web server, its suitability for use or its availability.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by SLU or TGI. Moreover, product or company names that appear in SLU or TGI links or sites are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of SLU or TGI and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes or for any other commercial purpose, without the express written consent of Saint Louis University.

Use of this Web Site — User’s Authorization

By using this website, each user agrees to abide by the federal copyright laws and all other applicable laws of the United States as well as the rules and policies of SLU and TGI. All transactions on this server are being logged into a publicly readable file.

We are devoted to protecting your privacy. We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others. As you browse some areas of this website, cookies will be placed on your computer so that we can understand what you are interested in. 

You may choose to prevent this website from aggregating and analyzing the actions you take here. Doing so will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and creating a better experience for you and other users.

Responsibility for Pages

Designees of TGI are responsible for reviewing, clearing, and maintaining information posted on official TGI pages.

TGI welcomes your comments regarding its website and asks that you please advise us if you discover any misleading or inappropriate information on this website. Such comments should be addressed via this form.

Reservation of Rights

TGI reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to make any and all modifications to this website that it deems appropriate including, but not limited to, removing material, documents, apparatus, and/or links.

Rules and Resources for Online Intellectual Property

General Information – Taylor Geospatial Institute

The following resources are available to the TGI community to accomplish its goals without infringing on the intellectual property rights of others. Infringement can result in lawsuits or require the withdrawal of infringing material. Note that network publication of student work may involve issues both in copyright law and FERPA privacy law.

“Property sensitive” measures include obtaining permission for use, quoting source material according to the four Fair Use requirements, and finding alternate materials that are easier to legally use (such as items that are assigned or lapsed into public domain or U.S. government publications). Writers should also heed long-standing academic standards of citation and acknowledgment.

An excellent collection of advice on these matters is available at the following sources:

DMCA Procedures and Policy for Repeat Offenders

The following procedures implement SLU’s enforcement of specific sections of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 on behalf of the TGI. Other documents on this site implement other aspects of the DMCA.

SLU’s registered DMCA agent shall receive all claims of infringement. Claims may come from inside or outside the Institute. The law requires such claims to contain certain information including the location(s) of infringement materials.

The DMCA agent shall promptly acknowledge receipt of each infringement claim. If the claim fails to substantially comply in supplying information, the registered agent shall promptly attempt to contact the person making the notification or take other reasonable steps to assist in the receipt of notification that substantially complies.

The registered DMCA agent shall coordinate activities, keep records required to track repeat offenses, and assure proper adjudication of all incidents. The DMCA agent and those acting for and in conjunction with the DMCA agent shall:

  • Protect rights of intellectual property owners as defined by law, Institute policy, and accepted standards of academic behavior
  • Protect rights and due process of those accused of infringement, particularly if Fair Use protection may apply
  • Support the authorized instruction, research, and service missions of the Institute
  • Consult the General Counsel and directors when any question arises in pursuing the above

Upon receipt of a complete claim of infringement, the registered agent shall direct prompt removal of material or removal of all local or wide-area network access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing. The Registered Agent shall take steps to ensure this take-down will impact essential Institute activities as little as possible in effecting immediate compliance and will arrange that TGI agents will promptly restore the material or activity upon proper compliance with the terms of DMCA regarding Put Back procedures.

The Registered Agent or the Agent’s delegate will take responsible steps to promptly notify the subscriber/user of the take-down. This notice will specify the information required to make a counterclaim, and other information explaining applicable due process rights.

SLU may terminate access and exercise disciplinary and/or other correctional measures for any copyright infringement claim, including repeated claims and/or violations or flagrant misuse of the Institute’s information systems equipment or network connections and/or services.

All questions regarding this policy should be directed to Saint Louis University’s Registered Agent.

Keith Hacke
AVP and Chief Information Security Officer
Saint Louis University

For more information about DMCA, please visit the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 Website.

Copyright Owners

General Information – Taylor Geospatial Institute

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (PDF) requires that a claim of copyright infringement be sent to SLU’s Registered Agent, providing specific information as outlined below. DMCA Section (512)(f) provides penalties for knowingly misrepresenting a claim.

DMCA Section 512©(3)(A) requires the following notices alleging copyright infringement:


To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to SLU’s Registered Agent, of a service provider that substantially includes the following:

(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. [As an electronic signature, our Agent accepts facsimile/fax and digitized image of your signature attached to email.]

(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

(iii) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material. [Please include a URL identifying the material or representative material. If possible, specify any IDs, passwords, or other authorization required to access the material. Please specify the date, time, and time zone from which the material was observed. Technicians may require time information in order to identify dynamically assigned Internet locations.]

(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address at which the complaining party may be contacted.

(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

DMCA Section 512(d)(3) requires similar information for notices requesting the removal of links or other references to infringing materials.

The DMCA requires prompt acknowledgment and action from the Registered Agent. The Agent will forward any counterclaims to the complaining party. Laws such as the U.S. Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) may control to what extent the Institute can identify specific members or how to contact them.


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 512(g)(3) requires that a counterclaim of copyright infringement provide certain information specified below. DMCA Section 512(f) defines penalties for knowingly misrepresenting a counterclaim.


To be effective under this subsection, a counter notification must be a written communication provided to the service provider’s Registered Agent that includes substantially the following:

(i) A physical or electronic signature of the subscriber. [As an electronic signature, our agent accepts facsimile/fax and digitized image of a signature attached to email.]

(ii) Identification 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 to it was disabled. [This information will normally be included in the notice you receive from the DMCA agent. You may want to expand on it or distinguish some materials from others. Please include a URL identifying the material or representative material. Specify any IDs, passwords, or other authorization required to access the material.]

(iii) A statement under penalty of perjury that the subscriber has a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled. [If you have any permissions for subject materials, please identify them. If you believe materials to be quotable under Fair Use Doctrine, please state your case with reference to the four principles of Fair Use.]

(iv) The subscriber’s name, address, and telephone number, and a statement that the subscriber consents to the jurisdiction of Federal District Court for the judicial district in which the address is located, or if the subscriber’s address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which the service provider may be found, and that the subscriber will accept service of process from the person who provided notification under subsection ©(1)© or an agent of such person.

Once the complaining party receives your claim, the DMCA permits your service provider, the Institute, to restore materials or access within two weeks — unless the complaining party serves notice that it intends to seek a court order to restrain infringement. TGI policy may mandate for other reasons that materials or access not be restored and that other investigation, containment, or disciplinary measures proceed.