Copyright Policy

Copyright Policy

All Voluntary Benefits Association® (VBA) materials including those in print and those posted on its websites, as well as those distributed digitally, are subject to copyrights owned or licensed by the VBA or VBA unless indicated otherwise. VBA and Certified Voluntary Benefits Specialist® (CVBS) provide limited permission for users to reproduce, retransmit, or reprint, for such user’s own personal use only, part or all of any document as long as the copyright notice and permission notice contained in the document or portion thereof are included in such reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting. All other reproduction, retransmission, or reprinting of all or part of any document in print, otherwise disseminated or posted on any Association website is expressly prohibited without written consent from VBA.

VBA materials include any works authored, co-authored, or contributed by the undersigned during his or her past, present, or future service as a member of any committee, as well as any related materials used for audio-visual presentation.

The names, trademarks, service marks, and logos of the VBA or CVBS program may not be used by any other party without prior, written permission. These names, trademarks, service marks, and logos may not be used in any advertising, publicity, or otherwise to indicate, suggest, or imply Academy or Foundation relationships, sponsorship of, or affiliation with any entity, individual, product or services, without prior express written permission.

Service marks, Trademarks and Logos

Names, trademarks, service marks, and logos may not be used in any advertising, publicity, or other venues to indicate, suggest, or imply Association relationships, sponsorship of, or affiliation with any entity, individual, product or service, without prior express written permission.

Service marks, used to show claim to a service rather than a product, and trademarks, used to show claim to a product, should always be used at least once in each document or communication. Once registered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office the ® symbol is used. (ie: VBA Annual Meeting and CVBS.

Recommended usage: Use the mark after the name at least one time on each product or service, plus at least once in any print, online content or signage where the trademark is a major title or heading. The initials do not need to be repeated in dense paragraphs or lengthy discussions where they would become cumbersome and impractical. Another option: Use the first time and then put a notice at the bottom of the page similar to a copyright warning, such as: The phrase “__________” is a trademark of VBAF and may not be used without its prior written permission.”

As of December 2021