BROTHERHOOD OF SUBMARINER HOMAGES
Guidelines for Usage of Intellectual Property for Individual and Group Projects
A) INTRODUCTION AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
The concept of the brotherhood emerged when the threads entitled “The Best Submariner Homage” on watchuseek.com (started by Fullers1846) was referred to as a brotherhood by KIGER. The concept was adopted by Fullers1846 who coined the name Brotherhood of Submariner Homages. This name, Brotherhood of Submariner Homages (BSH), became the title of numerous threads on watchuseek.com. These threads are the genesis of today's bsh.zone.
The BSH logo was created by FMadrid for the first BSH dial. As the successor to these creations, the bsh.zone now has the full and exclusive rights for the use of the aforesaid name and logo in the bsh.zone. The name and logo are the hallmarks of the bsh.zone and are integral to its identity . It follows that the bsh.zone wishes to protect the usage of the name and logo in order to protect its identity to the fullest extent possible which has prompted the establishment of these guidelines for such goal. The bsh.zone is committed to use the name and logo consistent with the intents and purposes for which they were conceived, while paying tribute to the legacy of the “Submariner” watch.
In addition to the above, the bsh.zone wishes to protect its own name.
B) THE BSH.ZONE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY:
In recognition of the need to protect its identity through the protection of its intellectual property, the bsh.zone has designated one or more of its members as guardians and administrators (the "Guardian" or "Guardians") of the use of its intellectual property which is more fully defined below.
For the purposes of these guidelines the intellectual property includes the following:
The items specified in 1 through 6 above shall be collectively referred to as the "Protected Elements".
C) USAGE OF PROTECTED ELEMENTS:
Usage of Protected Elements in the bsh.zone includes their use on watches, dials, watch accessories, publications, and usage as graphics on clothing or other products or merchandise such as lighters, coffee cups/mugs, and hats to name a few.
Usage of Protected Elements in conjunction with Patented, Registered, Copyrighted or Trademarked names or logos shall, in addition to the approval of the usage of Protected Elements, require the approval of the owner of such names or logos.
Usage of Protected Elements in conjunction with the reuse of unique names, graphics, or text specifically created and used in conjunction with a previously approved bsh.zone project shall, in addition to the approval of the usage of Protected Elements, require the approval of the project manager of the prior project. If the project manager of the prior project cannot be reached to grant approval, then the granting of such approval shall be at the discretion of the bsh.zone Steering Committee.
The bsh.zone is keen on the usage of Protected Elements in a respectful manner and shall, in its sole discretion, reject any usage associated with undignified items and usage associated with demeaning, derogatory, hateful or discriminatory language or symbols.
D) REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING A REQUEST FOR THE USE OF PROTECTED ELEMENTS:
Individual Project: A project where the requestor is applying for the use of Protected Elements for the sole benefit of the requestor (and any family/friends) and where the number of items produced on which the Protected Elements appear is small
Group Project: A project where the requestor(s) is one or more person acting as the project manager applying for the use of Protected Elements for the benefit of two or more individuals and where the number of items produced on which the Protected Elements appear is, at minimum, commensurate with the number of beneficiaries (project participants).
Requests shall be submitted to the Guardians according to the following requirements:
Requirements for Individual Projects and for Group Projects:
Additional Requirements for Group Projects:
Provide a plan for how funds needed for the project would be collected and disbursed and explain how and to whom project participants will make payment for the items they purchase.
NOTE 1: requests for the use of Protected Elements shall be approved on a one time project basis. A new request shall be required for the use of Protected Elements each time a requestor wishes to use such elements on a project. No open ended requests shall be approved.
NOTE 2: Approval or rejection decisions either by the Guardians and/or following an appeal to the bsh.zone Steering Committee are final. Failure to adhere to these guidelines or to respect a decision or instruction by the Guardians and/or the Steering Committee shall constitute a violation of the bsh.zone's rules of conduct and may be sanctioned as such. The bsh.zone retains all rights to the Protected Elements and reserves the right to seek any and all legal or equitable remedies available to enforce these rights.
E) ROLE OF THE GUARDIAN(S):
Guardians are authorized to review and approve requests for the use of Protected Elements for individual and group projects provided their use is in compliance with these guidelines.
It is recognized that these guidelines are established to anticipate and address most types of requests. In instances where the guidelines are not sufficiently clear for the Guardians to make a decision on the use of Protected Elements, Guardians may request the intervention of the bsh.zone Steering Committee for a final decision.
In instances where the Guardians reject a request for the use of Protected Elements and the applicant for such request is in disagreement with such rejection, then the Guardians shall refer the matter to the bsh.zone Steering Committee for a final decision while both presenting their reasoning for the rejection to the Steering Committee and allowing the rejected applicant an opportunity to appeal their case to said committee.