Trademark and Copyright Policy


GastroTerra respects the intellectual property rights of others and takes trademark and copyright infringement seriously. Our Member Agreement requires that Content posted on the GastroTerra platform by a third party and not by GastroTerra (“Third Party Content”) is lawful and does not violate the rights of third parties. To promote these objectives, GastroTerra has a simple process for submission of complaints regarding Third Party Content on the GastroTerra platform that allegedly infringes third party intellectual property rights. Our policy and procedures are described below. Capitalized terms used but not defined in this policy are defined in the Member Agreement.

Please note that whether or not GastroTerra removes Third Party Content from the GastroTerra platform, if you submit a takedown notice, GastroTerra may provide copies of such takedown notice to the alleged infringer, which may include your name and contact information. It is also our policy, in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of members who infringe or repeatedly infringe on the intellectual property rights of others or otherwise post unlawful Third Party Content. If you are unsure whether the material you are reporting is infringing, you should contact a lawyer before submitting a takedown notice to GastroTerra. GastroTerra cannot provide you with legal advice as to whether you are entitled to submit a takedown notice.

Copyright Infringement:

If you believe in good faith that Third Party Content on the GastroTerra platform infringes your copyright rights, you may send GastroTerra a takedown notice requesting that the Third Party Content be removed. GastroTerra has also designated an agent to receive notices of claimed copyright infringement. Please note GastroTerra will only remove Third Party Content that infringes your copyright rights upon receiving a valid and fully completed takedown as described below.

Trademark Infringement:

GastroTerra is not in a position to mediate trademark disputes between third parties or act on reports of trademark infringement that require an in-depth trademark analysis or dispute off the GastroTerra platform. In these types of situations, rather than submitting a notice of trademark infringement to GastroTerra, we suggest that you reach out directly to the third party you believe is infringing your trademark rights or seek resolution of the dispute in court or through other judicial means. If you want to provide GastroTerra with a notice of trademark infringement, GastroTerra will perform a limited investigation of reasonable complaints and may remove Third Party Content only in clear cases of trademark infringement.

Takedown Notice Procedure:

Your takedown notice must include the following information in order for GastroTerra to take action:

An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright/trademark interest;

A description of the copyrighted work(s) or trademark(s) that you claim have been infringed, including registration number and registration office if applicable;

A description specifying the location on the GastroTerra platform of the material that you claim is infringing (i.e. URL address and location on page);

Your email address, mailing address and/or telephone number;

A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyright or trademark on the GastroTerra platform is not authorized by the owner of the copyright or trademark, its agent, or the law; and

A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright/trademark owner or authorized to act on the copyright or trademark owner’s behalf.

Please submit your takedown notice to GastroTerra’s designated agent via email (quickest) or postal mail as follows:

World Food Travel Association d/b/a GastroTerra

Attn: Copyright Agent

4110 SE Hawthorne Boulevard Suite 440

Portland, OR 97214 USA

Email: legal(at)worldfoodtravel(dot)org