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ASQ Copyright

ASQ Copyright

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Ownership of Materials/Copyright:

All articles, information, text, images, data, software, and other materials contained on this Web site are copyrighted either by the American Society for Quality or by a third party. The American Society for Quality owns or has obtained permission from the owner to use all of these materials. Copyrightable materials include documents such as papers, articles, multimedia, and other works of authorship. Copyright is a property right in an original work of authorship. It is a legal protection for the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. [refer to the Copyright Act, U.S.C. § 101 et Seq.] ASQ’s copyright policy exists to protect original authors and sources from inappropriate use of their ideas.

Permission to Use Documents Copyrighted by ASQ:

For uses other than single-copy reproduction for your own personal use, ASQ requires you to abide by the following procedures for use of materials contained on this Web site.

  1. Materials originally appearing in Quality Progress or other ASQ magazines and journals.

    You must request permission and, in most cases, pay a fee to reprint or reuse articles published in ASQ magazines and journals, including magazines and journals published exclusively by ASQ (Quality Progress, Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Quality Management Journal, Software Quality Professional, Journal for Quality and Participation and Journal of Quality Technology) and magazines and journals co-published by ASQ (Quality Engineering and Technometrics).

For other articles not copyrighted or published exclusively by ASQ, we will provide you with a way to contact the author(s) for permission. Even if ASQ does not own the copyright, we still require a note somewhere stating that the article was originally published in Quality Progress or one of the other journals published or co-published by ASQ.

  1. Books, standards, and other works originally published by ASQ Quality Press.

All materials contained within Quality Press, including product cover images, descriptive copy, and sample book pages, are copyrighted materials and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, in any form or by any means electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or hereafter invented, without the written permission of ASQ Quality Press.

To obtain permission to use ASQ Quality Press copyrighted material, please submit a permission request describing the item(s) you wish to use and how you intend to use the material.

  1. All other works copyrighted by the American Society for Quality.

You are granted permission to display, copy, or download papers, articles, multimedia, or other works on this site authored by the American Society for Quality, with the exception of works originally published by ASQ Quality Press or in ASQ magazines and journals as noted above, subject to the following conditions:

  1. You submit a permission request.
  2. You clearly display on the document the copyright notice set forth below and a statement that you are reproducing the document with permission of the American Society for Quality.
  3. Use or reproduction of documents from this site is for your informational or personal use only.
  4. You make no modifications of any documents.
  5. All other uses of the documents are expressly prohibited without the prior written permission of the American Society for Quality.
  6. All existing copyright notices must be retained in the document.

Requesting Permission to Use ASQ Copyrighted Materials:

If your intended use of ASQ copyrighted material does not meet the foregoing conditions, you must contact ASQ to request permission to use.

Copyright Infringment:

To report a claim of copyright infringement, please refer to Copyright Infringement Notification.

Interactive Participation:

ASQ generally does not edit the content posted by visitors and members of chat rooms, message boards and other interactive services that may be available on or through ASQ Web sites. However, ASQ reserves the right to remove any content that in ASQ's judgment is inappropriate, objectionable or harmful. ASQ is not responsible for any failure or delay in removing such content. If you provide feedback or content regarding materials appearing on this site or offer input in a chat room or a discussion board, ASQ will deem that information to be non-confidential and available for use by ASQ on an unrestricted basis.

ASQ disclaimer and legal rules

Third Party Links:

This site may provide links or references to other Web sites only as a convenience and a service to you. Linked sites are not under the control of the American Society for Quality. The inclusion of any link does not imply that the American Society for Quality endorses the content of the linked site or the organization operating the site.

Copyright Notice:

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The ASQ logo, the letters "ASQ," American Society for Quality, ASQ Six Sigma Forum, and other marks are registered trademarks, trademarks, or service marks of the American Society for Quality. The absence of a product or service name or logo from this list does not constitute a waiver of ASQ's trademark or other intellectual property rights concerning that name or logo. Other products, company names, or marks appearing on this Web site may be trademarks of their respective owners. Use of any of these trademarks may be made only with the prior written permission of the American Society for Quality or other trademark owners.

The trademarks, service marks, names, and logos of ASQ may not be used in any advertising or publicity or other wise to indicate ASQ's sponsorship of or affiliation with any organization, product or service without ASQ's prior express written permission.


Use of materials contained in this site for any purpose other than those described in the Permission to Use section is expressly prohibited by law and may result in civil or criminal penalties. The American Society for Quality will take all necessary steps to protect its intellectual property.

ASQ Logo Usage Policy:

Corporations, organizations, and institutions define themselves in a visual way every time they present their name or logo on stationery, newsletters, catalogs, brochures, IP, content, products, services, signs, or symbols, in any visual medium. ASQ is no exception. As The Global Voice of Quality, our logo is part of our brand identity. It helps define who we are and what we do. We must be cognizant of any formal or perceived association to ASQ. Therefore, any use of the ASQ logo—unless formally authorized—by outside companies, organizations, groups, or individuals is strictly prohibited.

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