Copyright and Content

This Web site is independent from WGBH, and is intended solely for scholarly research. Read our policy for community content, below. If you wish to have content removed, please contact us.

All submitted content is released with a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. For many historical materials, we are unaware of any restrictions on  use. Contact us immediately if you are aware of any restrictions.

Any text, images, audio, or video that you submit may be published on this Web site, and all content will contain attribution to  you. In addition, all those who republish must also include your credit. This license respects your rights as owner, and also defines how you wish to contribute to scholarly research and the common good. If you do not wish to grant such a license, it is suggested that you do not submit your contribution to this site.

Community Guidelines

This site is governed by the rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you submit. We reserve the right to reject, edit, remove, or otherwise alter community-submitted content.

Be respectful

Online communications flourish when our communities feel welcome and safe.

Do not submit content that contains abusive, vulgar, offensive, sexually-oriented, threatening or harassing language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups. We will remove it.

Be legal

You agree that you are fully responsible for the content that you submit. You may not submit illegal material of any nature.

You may not violate, plagiarize, or infringe on the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, or proprietary rights.

Posting content with the intention of committing or condoning an illegal act is strictly prohibited.

Be relevant

We will remove spam, content that is clearly off-topic, or that involves political campaigning or lobbying.

No advertising, promotion, or solicitation of goods or services. If you know of a worthy website relevant to the discussion, please inform The Compass via the Contact Us link.

This website is not affiliated with WGBH, so if you have a program idea and want it to be considered, it makes sense to contact the station directly.

Be considerate

We may remove content that contains personal information, including home address, phone numbers, or personal e-mail addresses. This is for your own safety and that of everyone who uses this service.

Post in English only. Posts containing languages other than English may be removed. Common greetings and salutations in languages other than English may be acceptable.

No capital letters. This is Internet shorthand for raising your voice. You can make your point perfectly well in lower case so please take the caps lock off.

No impersonating. Impersonating someone is unacceptable.

No politics. This is a website for alumni memories not political opinions.

Be responsible

You understand and agree that we are not responsible for submitted content. You agree to indemnify The Compass LLC against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred as a result of your breach of these rules.

Content ownership

This site may contain material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in order to advance understanding of education, economic, and scientific issues. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.

In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Copyright infringement

It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. This page describes the information that should be present in these notices. It is designed to make submitting notices of alleged infringement to as straightforward as possible while reducing the number of notices that we receive that are fraudulent or difficult to understand or verify. The form of notice specified below is consistent with the form suggested by the United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the text of which can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Web Site, but we will respond to notices of this form from other jurisdictions as well.

Regardless of whether we may be liable for such infringement under local country law or United States law, our response may include removing or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and/or terminating subscribers. If we remove or disable access in response to such a notice, we may notify the owner or administrator of the affected site or content so that he or she can make a counter notification. It is also our policy to document all notices of alleged infringement on which we act, including by sending a copy of the notice to one or more third parties or making it available to the public. You can read more about infringement here:

IMPORTANT: Misrepresentations made in your notice regarding whether material or activity is infringing may expose you to liability for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees). Courts have found that you must consider copyright defenses, limitations or exceptions before sending a notice. In one case involving online content, a company paid more than $100,000 in costs and attorneys fees after targeting content protected by the U.S. fair use doctrine. Accordingly, if you are not sure whether material available online infringes your copyright, we suggest that you first contact an attorney.

Complainant’s Information

Please provide us with information about yourself.


  • First name
  • Last name
  • Company name
  • Full legal name of the copyright holder you represent (e.g., if you are a legal agent, etc.)
  • Contact email address
  • Country of residence:

Your Copyrighted Work


Where can we see an authorized example of the work?:

Identify and describe the copyrighted work:


  • Please provide the URL(s) of the allegedly infringing material that you are asking us to remove. Original Source URL:
  • Identify each page that allegedly contains infringing material by providing its URL. Infringing URL:


[  ] I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

[  ] The information in this notification is accurate and I swear, under penalty of perjury, that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Please note that a copy of each legal notice we receive is sent to a third-party which may publish and annotate it (with your personal information removed).


Signed on this date of:


Your digital signature is as legally binding as a physical signature. Please note that your signature must exactly match the First and Last names that you specified earlier in this webform.

Please note that we will not process your complaint if it isn’t properly filled out or if the complaint is incomplete.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Contact Information

The Compass LLC on behalf of
38 Pleasant Street
Topsham, ME 04086
Phone: (207) 956-0320

A summary of the DMCA is available at:

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