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Our Copyright Infringement Policy

All Content (text, images, videos, and all other intellectual property) on drmeronk.com is protected by copyright registered to Frank Meronk, Jr., M.D.

Any unauthorized use of our Content is in violation of copyright, trademark, service mark, intellectual property, and other laws and will subject the unauthorized user of such protected Content to legal and financial penalties.

Our Content may not be duplicated in whole or part, modified or adapted, reproduced in any manner, publicly displayed or distributed, posted online or in print, or used in any recognizable derivative form for any public purpose.

Other physicians, medical personnel, members of the media, operators of other web sites, and all others are expressly forbidden to use any text, portions of text, images, parts of images, movies, parts of movies, original ideas, or any other protected Content on this Site in copied or derivative form without signed written permission from Dr. Meronk, even if Dr. Meronk is given credit as the original source of the copied material.

Employing both commercial and proprietary search methods, we regularly monitor the Internet to identify instances of plagiarism or other infringement of our rights. Modern technology makes it much easier to identify and document illegal copies as well as derivative copies of our original work. If you infringe on our copyright, expect to be caught.

If you copy portions of our Content and we discover your infringement, we will take action.

In addition to your immediate removal of all offending material, expect to incur financial and legal penalties, including but not limited to:

  • possible delisting of your site from the major search engines,
  • demand for retroactive licensing fees of $25 per day per article or image (or portion of each article or image) as well as an additional $100 illegal use penalty,
  • formal reporting to local, state, and national authorities (including the applicable licensing board(s) in the case of health professionals),
  • formal reporting to federal authorities for patient privacy and HIPAA violations, and
  • any other allowable remedies.

Claim of ignorance regarding copyright and intellectual property law is not an acceptable excuse and does not limit our rights of recourse.

If you do not comply with our demands, we may institute formal legal action. Substantial financial penalties and payment of legal fees are generally statutory in cases of proven infringement of registered copyrights.