The Ancient Massage Foundation

Copyright and Legal Notice

Copyright© 1998 - 2015 The Ancient Massage Foundation®. All rights reserved. The content that The Ancient Massage Foundation® provides on our website, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images, and logos, is owned by either The Ancient Massage Foundation® or the party that has provided the content to us and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The Ancient Massage Foundation® is the sole and exclusive owner of its compilation of this content on our website, and this compilation is also protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Unpermitted copying of any of this content could lead to copyright infringement.

The Ancient Massage Foundation® considers its trademarks to be among its valuable assets. The Ancient Massage Foundation® trademarks include all domain names, logos, taglines, trademarks, and service marks of The Ancient Massage Foundation® whether registered or unregistered. All other trademarks referenced on The Ancient Massage Foundation® website located at and so forth, are the property of The Ancient Massage Foundation or their respective owners. The Ancient Massage Foundation's trademarks may not be used without written permission from The Ancient Massage Foundation.

Ancient Massage™, AncientMassage.Com, AncientMassage.Net, AncientMassage.Info, AncientMassage.Org, The Healing Hands Center™, are either trademarks or trade names of The Ancient Massage Foundation®.

You may print and distribute pages from the site as long as the printouts include attribution and the page URL. You may not incorporate the materials into your print or web publications without express permission.

Fair Play

This is a message about copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition and other legal matters.

Trademarks laws - not to mention the observance of such laws and associated regulations - differ quite substantially from country to country. In a number of countries, laws against unfair competition do not even exist.

Lately, the absence of regulations against trademarks infringements, etc. has confronted the owners of original rights with growing problems. Since a total lack of regulations clearly invites copyright and trademarks infringements, we welcome the steps now being taken by some governments to introduce product and trademarks protection into national legislation.
We also support the efforts of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the European Union to strengthen and harmonize the relevant laws. Even in highly developed markets, the laws on protection of intellectual property have loopholes and some defects. Therefore the process of securing enforcement of the rules and adjustment of the law can be very slow.

Obtaining protection against copying of trademarks and products is all too often a difficult, time-consuming and expensive process.

A recent survey, among European companies, shows that more than 80 percent of the respondents had seen copyright and trademarks infringement at least once during the preceding five years. Only about half of them had taken legal steps against the imitators. The other half cited cumbersome procedures, high costs and uncertainty of outcome because of widely varying practices, even within the European Union, as the main reasons for not defending their rights. This makes it all the more obvious that improved legislation within this area is needed.

However, universal awareness that creative products deserve better protection is fortunately increasing. The Ancient Massage Foundation believes that any original product should be protected against copying. And that it should be possible to stop such copying and other infringements easily. We also believe that designs, company names and trademarks should not be used in unrelated settings without the owner's consent.

How Ancient Massage Enthusiasts May Refer to us on the Internet?

The Ancient Massage Foundation is aware that some Ancient Massage enthusiasts around the world are using the Internet to share information and ideas about this art. Several unofficial homepages have been established. Unfortunately, some of these sites use the Ancient Massage logo and Ancient Massage trademarks in a manner which may lead to confusion about whether these sites are sponsored or authorized by The Ancient Massage Foundation or The Healing Hands Center. Therefore, we have developed these guidelines to assist Internet users who wish to refer to Ancient Massage, The Ancient Massage Foundation and The Healing Hands Center for non-commercial purposes as to the appropriate way to refer to us. However, you should be aware that it is impossible to set hard and fast rules about the proper use of our trademarks. This is because our objective is to prevent a use which, when viewed in the overall context, is likely to lead to a blurring or loss of distinctiveness of our trademarks or cause people to believe mistakenly that there is an affiliation with or sponsorship by The Ancient Massage Foundation and The Healing Hands Center. Since use in different contexts may produce different impressions (or misimpressions) on the viewer, generalizations do not always apply to a particular case. Nevertheless, we offer these guidelines and ask for your help in order to keep our trademarks strong and distinctive.

What is a Trademark?

A trademark is a word, symbol or design, including a logo or the shape of goods or of their packaging that distinguishes the goods of one company from those of another company. A trademark also can be used to show the endorsement or approval of the trademarks owner for materials bearing the trademarks.

A Trademarks must be Protected

A trademarks must be able to distinguish the goods of one company from those of another. If a trademark loses this ability, the owner may find that it can no longer prevent others from using the trademarks. An owner must prevent the improper use of its trademarks to prevent the public from being deceived. This is why The Ancient Massage Foundation is active around the world in making sure that its trademarks are not misused.

Use a Disclaimer

A disclaimer should be used when The Ancient Massage Foundation and The Healing Hands Center trademarks appears on a Web page. An appropriate disclaimer would be "Ancient Massage is a trademark of The Ancient Massage Foundation which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site". However, a disclaimer will not serve to undo an improper trademarks use. Therefore, use of the Ancient Massage logo or improper use of The Ancient Massage Foundation trademarks cannot be made proper by including a disclaimer.

What is a Copyright?

A copyright is an exclusive right to make or distribute copies, by any means, of original written and artistic materials. This exclusive right includes the right to make copies in a computer memory.

Scanning Of Copyrighted Materials Into A Web Site

The Ancient Massage Foundation owns the copyrights to its publications and to the photographs used in our website. Copying and distributing these materials on the Internet would be an infringement of our copyrights. Nevertheless, at the present time The Ancient Massage Foundation does not object to scanning of limited extracts of these materials in unaltered form for non-commercial purposes of exchange of information or good faith commentary. However, scanned /images/info should not be given such prominence as to indicate sponsorship of the Web site by The Ancient Massage Foundation and The Healing Hands Center. A disclaimer and notice must appear indicating that the copyrights are owned by The Ancient Massage Foundation and The Healing Hands Center. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by The Ancient Massage Foundation and The Healing Hands Center.

We hope that these guidelines will address the most frequently asked questions about using The Ancient Massage Foundation trademarks and copyrights. We know that most users of the Internet want to respect these rights, but are not always certain about what is permissible. The Internet provides a great new opportunity for instantaneous worldwide communication which allows everyone's voice to be heard. Because the Internet is an evolving mode of worldwide communication, we may find it necessary to revise these guidelines from time to time.

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