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Please contact us if you would like to license unformatted carefully-proofed digital text of a Homeric Greek or Roman epic that you may use in a commercial or non-commercial PDF or print edition in any style. We license the unformatted text we independently developed for such use free of charge, subject to conditions aimed at removing barriers to competition. Permitted uses of such unformatted text include: development a new critical edition, or side-by-side or interlinear translation, or a commentary, but you MAY NOT use our unformatted digital text, or text derived from it, in a commercial or non-commercial “knock-off” edition with a layout substantially similar to that of our editions.

We recognize an independent publisher may use our unformatted digital text files to develop an innovative edition with a different layout that competes directly with one of our editions. We welcome such competition because it is in the interest of present and future readers of fun to read, culturally important literary masterpieces.


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[version: May 2024]

License or Personal Use 

(applicable to all EPICPOEM.ORG and BARDLINE.ORG editions)

PLEASE READ THIS LICENSE AGREEMENT CAREFULLY.  Please contact us with any questions about this agreement.

BY CLICKING “I AGREE” DURING CHECKOUT OR DOWNLOADING A FREE SAMPLE USING A DOWNLOAD LINK WE PROVIDE TO YOU, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY AND TO BECOME A PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS, YOU MAY NOT LICENSE ANY EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG EDITION.

THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A DISPUTE RESOLUTION CLAUSE AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PURCHASE AND OBLIGATIONS, AS WELL AS LIMITATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS.

Licensee” and “You” mean the individual who agrees to be bound by the terms of this Agreement by clicking on the “I Agree” during checkout when licensing EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINE.ORG Products (or downloads a free sample of an EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINE.ORG Products (in whole or in part) after We provide You a download link for such sample). “We” or “Us” means Sea Hand Press LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, doing business as “EPICPOEM.ORG” and as “BARDLINES.ORG”.

Each license hereunder may only be made to an individual human being who purchases the license on such individual’s own behalf. We do not license to organizations, corporate entities, libraries, or academic institutions.

The parties hereto hereby agree as follows:

  1. Definitions. Capitalized terms in this Agreement will have the following meanings:

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“EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product” means any product available in the seahandpress.com bookshop at any time, whether digital,  printed (after download) or in any other medium, other than (i) scans of medieval manuscript and (ii) a PDF of Cunliffe’s Homeric Greek lexicon.

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Other capitalized terms have the meanings set forth herein.

2A.   License. In consideration for your purchase of a Licensed Version, We grant You a license that is not exclusive to You (We may license EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Products to others), that You MAY NOT  transfer or sub-license to anyone else, that, subject to the restrictions set forth herein, permits You, for your personal individual use only:

  • to download the Licensed Version available at the time of purchase (using a getdpd.com download link We provide to You);
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  • subject to Section 2B, to copy and use digital text of such Licensed Version within the scope of “fair use” applicable to copyrighted materials; provided, you MAY NOT use such digital text to reproduce the layout of any page of a Licensed Version.

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As such, You MAY NOT:

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You MAY, however, share pages of a Licensed Version You have annotated with someone who, to your certain knowledge, has licensed a version of that edition not earlier than the Licensed Version You annotated.

You agree that Your right to use any EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product in any manner shall terminate immediately, without refund, if and when you intentionally violate one or more of the restrictions in Section 2B of this Agreement, or breach of your duty under Section 2C, or otherwise willfully violate this Agreement.

2C   Duty to Report Violations. We only license EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Products in the seahandpress.com bookshop, and only subject to this Agreement. You hereby agree to inform editor[at]seahandpress.com under the subject header “REPORT” promptly when you become aware of an intentional violation of this Agreement by any person, including the material details of such violation (if and to the extent known).

3    Corrections. If You submit a correction or suggestion for an EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product to Us, You hereby agree that We may make such correction or implement such suggestion in EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Products, and that doing so shall not grant You any intellectual property rights to any present or future EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Products.

4   Title and Ownership Rights.

Title and ownership right in each EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product (including any and all related digital media files) shall remain with Us. You hereby acknowledge and agree that Your license of any Licensed Version, as described in Section 2, DOES NOT give you:

  • ownership of title to any EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product, or the right to transfer title to any EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product to another party;
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5   Duty to Protect. You agree to use commercially reasonable efforts to protect Licensed Versions you download from unauthorized use, reproduction, distribution or publication in electronic or physical form in violation of this Agreement. Such efforts may include, but are not limited to, using a password to protect Licensed Versions.

6   Our Obligations.  In consideration for your purchase of one or more Licensed Versions, We shall permit You (if you are an individual), exclusively for personal use by You, to download a copy of the version of such Licensed Version published on the license date using the download link We provide, subject to the terms of this Agreement.

We may, in our sole discretion, from time to time update EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product. Each license fee paid for an EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product is a one-time fee for an individual for personal use only of the version of an edition published on the date of purchase.

All fees and charges You pay Us to license EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Products are non-refundable, except by Us in accordance with Section 27.

7   CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS, COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARKS AND TRADE DRESS

A   Each Licensed Version is subject to the terms of this Agreement. 

B   You agree not to remove or conceal any text in any EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product,  including without limitation references to the terms of this Agreement, logos, identification stamps or digital watermarks.

C  Copy Text.  We identify the public domain edition of our “copy text” on the first page of each book of each EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product, and sometimes also provide a link to that edition on the cover page.

D  Contractual Rights.  We have a perpetual right to impose contractual restrictions on the use of digital transcriptions We developed independently, and on the use of special features included in Our formatting and presentation of such text.

E  Trademarks. We use certain logos, product names and trademarks in EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product. Our logo (the image of a dolphin swimming around an anchor) has been in the public domain for centuries and is a salute to the famous Aldine Press of Venice. We updated the design by adding the words “EPIC POEM .ORG” and “BARD LINES .ORG”. You agree not use our logo coupled with those words for any purpose without our prior written consent. We are an independent publisher and have no affiliation with any other publisher in any medium or with any academic institution.

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If a Licensed Version You have licensed becomes corrupted (e.g. the file will not open or will not print), You may use the link that we provided to You to download a copy that is not corrupted. Please note that a file that may appear to be corrupted when You attempt to open it using one PDF reader may open in another PDF reader, or after quitting and restarting a PDF reader.

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11.   ARBITRATION. ANY CLAIM, DISPUTE OR CONTROVERSY (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER PRE-EXISTING, PRESENT OR FUTURE, AND INCLUDING STATUTORY, COMMON LAW, INTENTIONAL TORT AND EQUITABLE CLAIMS CAPABLE IN LAW OF BEING SUBMITTED TO BINDING ARBITRATION) AGAINST Us, Our agents, employees, officers, directors, successors, assigns or affiliates (collectively, for purposes of this paragraph, “Licensor Group”) arising from or relating to this Agreement, its interpretation or the breach, termination or validity thereof, the relationships between the parties, whether pre-existing, present or future (including, to the full extent permitted by applicable law, relationships with third parties who are not signatories to this Agreement), Licensor Group’s advertising or any related purchase SHALL BE RESOLVED EXCLUSIVELY AND  FINALLY  BY  BINDING  ARBITRATION  ADMINISTERED  BY  THE  NATIONAL   ARBITRATION   FORUM (“NAF”) under its Code of Procedure and any specific procedures for the resolution of small claims and/or consumer disputes then in effect (available via the Internet at <http://www.arb-forum.com>, or via telephone at 1-800-474-2371). The arbitration will be limited solely to the dispute or controversy between You and Us. If the arbitrartor determines that You intentionally violated this Agreement, You agree to pay any and all of our reasonable and documented legal expenses arising from legal proceedings and enforecement actions arising from Your violation of this Agreement. Any award of the arbitrator(s) shall be final and binding on each of the parties hereto, and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. Information may be obtained, and claims may be filed with the NAF at P.O. Box 50191, Minneapolis, MN 55405, or by email at <file@arb- forum.com>, or by online filing at <http://www.arb-forum.com>.

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18.   Revisions to EPICPOEM.ORG and BARDLINES.ORG Products. We may at any time in our sole discretion revise EPICPOEM.ORG and BARDLINES.ORG Products. You agree not to object to Our revisions of EPICPOEM.ORG and BARDLINES.ORG Products, including without limitation any sub-booklet divisions.

19.  Amendments to this Agreement. We may unilaterally amend the terms of this Agreement; provided We may not amend the terms so as to charge You more for Licensed Versions You have already purchased. Any such amendment shall become effective upon Our making a revised version of this License Agreement available under the “license” tab on seahandpress.com.

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24.   Relationship of the Parties. This Agreement does not constitute a partnership or joint venture, and nothing herein contained is intended to constitute, nor will it be construed to constitute, such a partnership or joint venture. Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, neither We nor You will have any power or authority to act in the name or on behalf of the other party, or to bind the other party to any legal agreement.

25.   Force Majeure. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, We shall not be liable for any delay or failure in performance caused by circumstances beyond Our reasonable control.

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27. Refunds.  All fees and charges that you pay us for EPICPOEM.ORG or BARDLINES.ORG Product are non-refundable; provided, We may in our sole discretion, with or without cause, at any time refund your purchase of one or more Licensed Versions and terminate your right to use refunded Licensed Versions with effect upon refund and notice of termination of said license.

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