Bengal Institute's Intellectual Property and Distribution Policy for Voluntarily Submitted Contents for Publications

[Last updated on 5th December, 2019 at 16:40 | Related documents: Privacy Policy: This policy is only applicable for contents that have been voluntarily submitted for specific publications, and that is not directly related to the Institute's Academic Programs. Contents submitted for and generated at the Academic Programs have a different IP and distribution policy.]

General: Your Works and Contents Are Yours

Fundamentally, your contents are yours. The Institute holds exclusivity on your submitted work only for a specified period of time.

Note: Everything that is submitted to Bengal Institute will be internally archived temporarily or perpetually, and will be stored in the internal archive. All content might be stored using online “cloud” facilities that are governed by the terms of those third party services, that include Dropbox and Google Photos.

Exclusivity Timeline

Exclusive time: The specified time period the author can not publish their submitted content anywhere else, including their personal social media or blog. It is generally from the day of submission until the specific title is published or as specified in relevant public announcements. Beyond this time window, the author is free to use the content anywhere without informing the Institute.

Exceptions by mutual understanding: The author may inform, discuss and come to an agreement with the editors of the title about publishing an item elsewhere within the “exclusive time.” 

Editing Policy

Bengal Institute reserves the right to edit, add or remove anything of the submitted written contents. The content may be edited to adhere to Bengal Institute’s editorial guidelines, style guidelines and other title-specific guidelines and standards. The editors have full and final authority about the contents. The author may not be consulted before the final publication is released.

All other submitted media (photos, videos, audio) may be edited in a way that does not fall under “manipulation,” i.e: the editors and designers may crop, re-colour, clip, rearrange, use text-overlay, noise cancellation etc. on the items; however, they may not use clone-stamp, retouching, healing, superimposition etc. manipulations.

Usage Policy (print, digital, audiovisual)

Each submission of content is for a specific publication, as specified in the relevant public communications. If the Institute decides to use an author’s work for any other publication or purpose other than the originally announced title, the author will be notified in advance. The form and nature of the publications may be commercial, noncommercial, copyrighted or open-source, distributed physically or digitally through any medium.

Whether the author is paid for their works is specified separately for individual projects and publication titles on a case by case basis.