Copyright Information and DMCA Policy

Founce is largely a compilation of data, text and photos from upstream sources. As such, Founce is the copyright holder of the arrangement, but not of the underlying material. The following sections detail the upstream source copyright information and copyright assertions for content created by Founce. Additionally, Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy and procedures are provided for upstream copyright holders who believe that their work is being infringed.

Upstream Sources and Copyrights

Many thanks to the companies and individuals generating metadata, descriptions and photos and for making them available. We appreciate the considerable time and effort expended to create and maintain these data sources. Founce does not claim any ownership or copyright of content provided by upstream sources.

Book Metadata

Founce receives ONIX book metadata directly from book publishers for use on the site. The book cover images, descriptions and author bios are all copyrighted and provided with permission by the publishers for use on Founce. If you are a representative of a publisher and would like to see your books and authors included on Founce, please contact us at

TV Series and Movie Metadata and Photos

The Movie Database (TMDB) provides the following:

  • Metadata and photos for actors, writers and directors
  • Metadata and images for movies
  • Metadata and images for TV series

TMDB requires that users own or have sufficient rights to the content that they submit to TMDB, and by agreement, to downstream consumers like Founce. This product uses the TMDB API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDB.

Music Metadata

Metadata about bands, musical artists, singles, EPs and albums are provided by MusicBrainz. Founce uses only "core data" from MusicBrainz, which is licensed as CC0 (i.e. public domain).

Album Covers

Images for albums, singles and EPs are provided by The Cover Art Archive, which indicates that "All images are copyrighted by their respective copyright owners.". Use of the cover art on Founce is considered "fair use" under United States copyright law. The image is used for identification in the context of critical commentary and discovery of the work for which it serves as cover art. It makes a significant contribution to the user's understanding of the artists body of work, which could not practically be conveyed by words alone.

Copyleft Metadata and Images

Some of the metadata and images used by Founce are "copyleft" licensed. This mainly includes bios and images for people and bands. In those cases, any required attribution links or information will be provided with the copylefted content. Any images or bios that do not include attribution links can be assumed to be copyrighted by their respective sources. Note that facts (e.g. name, date of birth, etc.) are not copyrightable.

Original Founce Content

All original content created by Founce and shown on this site is licensed as CC BY-SA 4.0. This includes:

  • The arrangement of any compilation, to the extent that it is copyrightable
  • Original articles or blog posts
  • Original photos
  • FAQs

It doesn't include any of the metadata or images from upstream sources as detailed in above sections.

Copyright Clarification

Founce will not dispense any legal advice, but we will make reasonable efforts to clarify the source and copyright status of Founce content if you contact us.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Policy

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512)(“DMCA”), Founce may be required to remove content in response to an official DMCA request.

Initiating a DMCA Takedown Request

If you are a copyright owner and you believe that your work is being infringed, you may initiate a formal DMCA takedown process as set out here. Please note that filing a request with Founce will not address any infringement by upstream data sources. Please consider filing your request with the upstream source prior to initiating a request with Founce. If your takedown request at the upstream source is successful, there is no need to file an additional request with Founce. The images or text should automatically be removed as data is updated via the usual automated processes within a few weeks of the upstream changes. Please contact us if you need assistance in determining the correct upstream source of the infringing content.

To initiate a formal DMCA takedown request, please send an email to or mail a letter to:

Copyright Agent ATTN: DMCA Notice
545 E. Lenoir St
Raleigh,  NC  27601

The takedown notice must substantially comply with the provisions of 17. U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)(A). Submission of a takedown notice further requires that you consent to the jurisdiction of a United States court. Statutory requirements of a valid DMCA takedown notice include:

  • your physical or electronic signature;
  • your contact information;
  • identification of what work is being infringed;
  • identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and a description that allows us to locate the material on our website;
  • a statement that you have a good faith belief that the use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

If Founce receives a valid and statutorily-compliant DMCA takedown notice, Founce will remove the content upon satisfactory review of the merits of the infringement claim.

Note: The Wikimedia Foundation DMCA Policy was the source for some of the text in this section. It was modified and adjusted to provide applicable information for Founce.

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