Copyright and Trademarks

Copyright and DMCA Policy

This policy outlines how Bonfire addresses claims of unauthorized use of copyrighted text, images, or links to allegedly infringing materials under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Section 512 of the DMCA lists the statutory requirements for reporting copyright infringement and explains how to challenge a notice of infringement by submitting a counter-notice.

Filing a DMCA notice claiming copyright infringement

To submit a notice, you will need:

  1. Information about the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed
  2. Information that allows us to find the infringing material on Bonfire (e.g. a link to a Post, Reply, Camp, or User)
  3. Your mailing address, telephone number, and email
  4. A letter or statement that:
    1. You have a good-faith belief that the use of the material in the manner asserted is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law
    2. The information given is accurate, and, under penalty of perjury, you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner
  5. A digital or paper signature (typing your full name is OK) from the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf

There are financial and legal penalties for fraudulent and/or bad-faith claims. You may be liable for damages if you knowingly misrepresent that something is infringing. You should talk to an attorney before sending us a copyright notice if you are unsure.

If you’re confident, send the notice to copyright@bonfire.camp.

If you prefer, you may also mail the notice:

Hugo Pakula Ingenious, Inc.
460 West 42nd Sreet, Unit 2J, New York, NY 10036

Bonfire processes claims in the order they are received. Our response may include removing the allegedly infringing material or restriction of distribution of the material. If we remove or restrict access to content in this way, we will make a good-faith effort to contact the affected user and provide information concerning the removal or restriction of access, including a copy of the takedown notice, along with instructions for filing a counter-notice. We will also send a copy of the complaint to the Lumen database. When appropriate, Bonfire will warn and temporarily edit block repeat violators, and in more serious cases, permanently ban users.

Filing a counter-notice

If you believe we have misidentified your material or removed it in error, you can file a counter-notice. To be clear, in such a case, please file a counter-notice and DO NOT re-post the removed material. If you re-post material removed as a result of a DMCA notification, we may permanently ban you.

To submit a counter-notice, you can respond to our original notice with the following:

  1. Information about the material that was removed (a copy of the DMCA notice that you received is fine)
  2. Your mailing address, telephone number, and email
  3. A letter or statement that:
    1. Under penalty of perjury you have a good-faith belief that the material was removed or restricted as a result of a mistake or misidentification of the material
    2. That you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal district court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the U.S., for any judicial district in which Bonfire may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the copyright notification or an agent of such person
  4. A digital or paper signature (typing your full name is OK)

When we receive a valid counter-notice we will forward a copy to the party who sent us the original notice of copyright infringement. If after two weeks we don’t receive notice that the original reporting party is seeking a court order to prevent further infringement, we may restore the material or stop disabling access to the material that was removed.


Trademark Policy

Let us know if someone is using your trademark on Bonfire in a way that’s likely to confuse people about the source of a good or service. If appropriate, we will respond by taking action, e.g. removing a Post, Reply, Camp, or edit blocking or banning a User.

To notify us, you will need to provide us with:

  1. The trademarked word/symbol in question plus the category of goods and/or services in which you are asserting rights
  2. The trademark registration number and country where you claim trademark rights
  3. Information that allows us to find the infringing material on Bonfire (e.g. a link to a Post, Reply, Camp, or User)
  4. Explain what the problem is: How your trademark is being infringed and what’s causing the confusion (be specific please)
  5. Explain what you want us to do: Remove a certain post, ban an account, or ask a user to change their name or user profile in some way
  6. A statement that:
    1. You believe in good-faith that this third-party use of the trademark which you are telling us about has not been authorized by the trademark owner
    2. You have concluded in good-faith after careful review that the use of the trademark is not fair use
    3. That the information in your notice is accurate
  7. Your mailing address, telephone number, and email
  8. If you aren’t the rightsholder, explain your relationship to the rightsholder

Send this information to trademark@bonfire.camp and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Some important things to know:

  • We forward trademark notices to the User in question. For this reason you should be careful about including any personal contact details; use your business address, phone number, and email if possible.
  • We may not take action even after you send us a notice. Why? We may decide the User isn’t using your trademark in a way that is confusing. People are allowed to use your company or product name in their writing — even if the writing is negative or critical — as long as it doesn’t confuse people about the source of a good or service. For example, a negative review of your product is not an infringement of your trademark.