Intellectual Property Policy

last updated 08/21/2018

ACS Technologies Group, Inc., its affiliates, their officers, directors, employees or agents (collectively referred to as "ACST" or “our”) uses a number of third-parties to complement our Services and Websites to provide a better experience for you. You may be a visitor ("Visitor") to our websites ("Websites"), a customer ("Customer" or “Licensee”, typically a church or an organization) who purchased our products and services (collectively, "Services"), or a guest ("Guest", typically a congregant) that a Customer invited to use our Services. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll specify when we’re referring to Visitors, Customers, and Guests, and we’ll refer to "you", generally.


Our Intellectual Property and Content

ACST has a number of registered trademarks, service marks, and copyrights in place to protect our intellectual property. No graphics, logos, and phrases may be used without prior written consent of ACST. For a non-exhaustive list of our trademarks, service marks, and copyrights, visit ACST Intellectual Property. All other non-ACST trademarks, product names, and company names and logos appearing on the Websites are the property of their respective owners.

You acknowledge that our Websites and Services contain software, images, videos, typefaces, graphics, music, sounds and/or other material (collectively, "ACST Content") that belong to ACST and is protected by copyrights, trademarks, and/or by other legal measures. ACST Content is protected in all forms, media, and technologies that exist now as well as in those that will exist in the future. You cannot modify, remove, participate in the transfer of sale of, create derivative works from, or otherwise wrongfully exploit or any ACST Content - in whole or in part.

ACST also considers any and all of the following content to be prohibited ("Prohibited Content"):

  • unauthorized use of copyrighted pictures, materials or information;
  • harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable material of any kind or nature;
  • material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law or regulation;
  • code or material that violates the intellectual property rights of others;
  • temporary files of any kind (including, without limitation, any *.p or ~*.* files); or
  • viruses, worms, "Trojan horses" or any other similar contaminating or destructive features.

Customer data that stored in connection with our Services belongs to that Customer, period. For more information about how we keep Customer data secure, visit Data Security Measures.

Please note that you may not upload, post, reproduce, or distribute ACST Content in any way without ACST’s written permission to use it.

Sharing Content Online

When using our Web-based Services (e.g. The City, Realm, Church Life) to share content with others online:

  • Customers and Guests represent that they own the content they post and that they can control how it is shared based on the settings they select in those Services.
  • By the nature of these Services, when you share content publicly, you hereby grant ACST a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license (“IP License”) to use any content you post online, subject to the selections you chose in settings.
  • The IP License ends when you delete your content or your account. However, the IP License continues in force insofar as your content was shared with others. Essentially, your content may, for practical purposes, essentially “live” forever.

Third-party Content

While ACST is a publisher of its own content, generally, ACST exercises no more editorial control over such content than does a public library or a newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information included in third-party content are those of the respective authors or distributors, and not of ACST.

Distributing or uploading third-party content to our Services

From time to time, Customers and Guests may want to upload, post, or share third-party content to our Web-based and mobile Services. Customers are responsible for the content that their Guests may share. By sharing content on our Services, content becomes publicly available, and Customers and Guests each, jointly and severally, automatically warrant that such content may be reproduced, shared, modified, or is otherwise free to be used by others.

Any content that is copyrighted or that is distributed with consent from the respective copyright owner should clearly note "Copyright owned by name of owner; used by permission."

In compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, anyone may report a copyright or intellectual property violation to us in writing to the address or email address provided at the end of this page. If you distribute content without authorization, you may be subject to criminal prosecution, and possibly personal liability for damages in a civil suit. You are responsible for damages resulting from any copyright, right of publicity, invasion of privacy and any other violation of proprietary or other rights that arises from any submission you (as a Customer) or your Guests may make.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold ACST harmless from and against any and all loss, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses), claims, damages and liabilities related to or associated with your use or a Guest’s use of our Services. This includes any violation resulting from you or your Guest distributing or uploading unlawful third-party content to our Services.