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To enable Netscape Communications Corporation to take appropriate action in the event of infringements by third parties, and in consideration for the opportunity to participate in the Open Directory Project, you hereby assign to Netscape the copyright in any material (whether link descriptions, email, communications, directory organization, or otherwise) that you have created and submitted to the ODP or will create and submit to the ODP in the future. However, you understand that Netscape is licensing back to you a nonexclusive, royalty-free right to use any material that you have created and submitted to the ODP. You further warrant that you have all rights necessary to authorize the distribution and re-distribution of any material you have submitted or will submit for inclusion or use in the ODP. You will provide information that Netscape reasonably requests related to any claim that material you submit infringes the rights of a third party.


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