Non-discrimination Statement and Policy

Adopted by the San Diego Book Awards Association Board of Directors in 2016

SDBAA, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, writing submissions, vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients that includes writers.

SDBAA, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Intellectual Property Policy

From the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva – Copyright chapter.


Copyright is a legal term describing rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works. The kinds of work covered by copyright include literary works, such as novels, poems, plays, reference works, newspapers, computer programs, databases, films, musical compositions and choreography, artistic works such as paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture, architectural works, advertisements, maps and technical drawings.

The creators of original works protected by copyright, and their heirs, have certain basic rights. They have the exclusive right to use or authorize others to use the work on agreed terms. They can prohibit or authorize: its reproduction in various forms, including printed publication or sound recording; its public performance, as in the case of a play or musical work; its recording, for example on compact disc, cassette, or videotape; its broadcasting, whether by radio, cable or satellite; its translation into other languages, or its adaptation, such as that of a novel into a screenplay.

Many creative works protected by copyright require mass distribution, communication, and financial investment for that dissemination to take place (as in the case of publications and computer programs.)

Copyright protection also includes moral rights, including the right to claim authorship of a work, and the right to oppose changes to it that could harm the creator’s reputation. The creator – or the owner of the copyright in a work – can enforce rights administratively and in the courts, by inspection of premises for evidence of production or possession of illegally made “pirated” goods related to protect works. The owner may obtain court orders to stop such activities, as well as seek damages for loss of financial rewards and recognition.

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As adopted by SDBAA, BOD on May 31, 2016

Copyright in the Electronic World

From ACM Publication, Ubiquity, Volume 2004 Issue June, article by Karthik Ramen.

In “Cyberspace Law for Non-Lawyers”, Larry Lessig, David Post and Eugene Volokh state that the copyright law applies in the electronic world as in the physical world. Therefore, they argue that “copying something in cyberspace can be just as much an infringement — assuming the copyright owner doesn’t allow you to do it — as copying something on paper”. The assumption that anything on the Web is free to take is plain wrong.

Copyright laws have protected the rights of book authors and publishers, and in this electronic age, new laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) have been introduced to protect the rights of digital media. A related law, the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, addresses the issue of copyright in the digital classroom.



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