Copyright Notice

At, we respect copyrights and copyright holders. The original material created by on the site is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution. In fact, much of the text of this policy statement was written for (another Creative Commons company), to whom we are very grateful. Also, thanks to TRUSTe for ideas.

When we reproduce a copyrighted image, we do so only to the extent necessary to comment upon or discuss it; we always include a link to the original source of the image.

When readers contribute content to our sites, you retain ownership of the copyright, and you also grant permission to us to display and distribute it. In addition, you are responsible for the content of that material. has no responsibility for the content of any messages or information posted by readers. However, retains the right, which we may or may not exercise, in our sole discretion, to review, edit or delete from the service any third-party material which we deem to be illegal, offensive or otherwise inappropriate. For guidelines on engagement with this community, please see out Moderation Policy.

Moderation Policy

Read and discuss our moderation policies below. makes no guarantees or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of or results to be obtained from accessing and using information on our Websites. And we shall not be liable to any reader or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error or omission, regardless of cause, in the Websites’ information or for any damages resulting therefrom. The opinions expressed by our editors and contributors are their own and not those of

We reserve the right to unpublish or refuse to unpublish anything for any or no reason.

DMCA Notice & Takedown Procedure

Procedure for Making a Claim respects the copyrights of others, and we ask our readers to do the same. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please send a notice to our Copyright Agent providing the following information:
The electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf;
A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located, such as the URL where it is posted;
Your name, address, telephone number and email address;
A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows: By mail:
Marc Muszynski
3444 N. Paulina #2
Chicago, IL 60657

By email: marc [at]

Privacy Policy is committed to providing privacy in our products and services. This policy outlines our personal information handling practices. If you give us personal information, we treat it according to this policy, and we use your personal information only in the ways specified when it was collected. We do not otherwise share it. encourages you to read this privacy policy and those of all Websites you visit.
Types and uses of personal information

In order to post frequent comments and eventaully post on our Websites, you must first create an account with a username and password; we use these to provide you with access to your profile and comments. Our registration system also requires that you provide a valid email address; we use that to confirm your account. Accounts in our system are perpetual. If you change the information in your account, our stored data backups may include your original information for up to six months. Separately, when you email us, we retain your address and correspondence. We use these to raise and respond to issues and inquiries of all types.
Information Sharing and Disclosure

Aggregate Information (non-personally identifiable)
We share aggregated demographic information about our reader base with our third-party advertising partner [see “Third-party Advertisers”], including browser information and traffic statistics. We do not link this data to individual readers’ accounts or personally identifiable information.

Personally identifiable information:
We do not share personally identifiable information with third parties, with one limited exception: we may disclose personally identifiable information about you if we have a good faith belief that doing so is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other judicial or administrative order.

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes. We use cookies on this site. The information we store in cookies is, in some cases, linked to readers’ accounts.

We use both short-term cookies and persistent cookies. A short-term cookie expires within a limited period of time. We use session cookies so that readers with accounts can navigate and contribute to our site without logging in multiple times over a short period of time. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. We use persistent cookies to recognize account holders and present the site accordingly. You can remove cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.

If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site, such as comments, will require logging in for each action you want to take.

Links to Other Sites

It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: this Website contains links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Please be aware that we,, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.

Changes in This Privacy Statement

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

Contact Us
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us, and include the subject “Octavarius Policy Question”:
info [at] .

Working on Your Own Privacy Policy?

Check out TRUSTe. Their very useful Model Privacy Disclosures document was one of the resources we tapped in crafting our policies.