Fact Checking Policy
SCIFI.radio does its best to verify the facts presented in the articles we publish, making sure that our sources are identifiable and credible.
For the benefit of the public, we do not publish articles based on rumors circulating in other media sites, or in social media. We feel that articles like these waste everyone’s time, and help to exacerbate the signal to noise ratio in social media.
When we do report on rumors, we clearly identify the fact, and address it not as being possibly true, but that the rumor, in fact exists as a point of information itself.
We always strive to be responsible and accurate in our reporting, being scrupulously careful to publish only verifiable fact, citing our sources.
We love our readers, and we especially love our listeners. You can read our web site and its contents any time you like, and you can tune in to our radio stream however you like. The more the merrier. It’s all done out of love of the genre, and love for our fans. The world is a better place with a little more sunshine and fun in it, and that’s the whole point of SCIFI.radio and all our other productions and media.
Scanning either the SCIFI.radio web site or the radio stream by web spider or stream analyzer without our express permission, though, is not allowed. If you’re accessing our web site or radio stream using any automated analysis software or service and you’re not a public use search engine, and we catch you at it, we are completely within our rights to block your access, and we won’t hesitate.
1. Types of Information We Collect
We collect two basic types of information – personal information and anonymous information – and we may use personal and anonymous information to create a third type of information, aggregate information. Personal Information means information that identifies (whether directly or indirectly) a particular individual, such as the individual’s first and last name, postal address, e-mail address and/or telephone number. Anonymous Information means information that does not directly or indirectly identify, and cannot reasonably be used to identify, an individual (including an individual’s computing device). Aggregate Information means information about groups or categories of individuals which does not identify and cannot reasonably be used to identify an individual. We may share Aggregate and Anonymous Information with other parties without restriction.
We collect the following categories of information:
- Registration information you provide when you create an account, which may include personal data such as: your first name and surname, country of residence, gender, date of birth, e-mail address, username and password. Normally we just want a user name, an email address and a password, to be honest, just enough to make it harder for a spammer to go nuts. They do anyway, but this is a deterent of acceptable weight for the casual user as well.
- Transaction information you provide when you request information or purchase a product or service from us, whether on our sites or through our applications, including identification information, your date of birth, your postal and/or residential address, telephone number and payment information.
- Information you provide in public forums on our Service. Please note that our sites and social media may offer chat, forums, community environments (including multiplayer gameplay) or other tools that do not have a restricted audience. If you provide Personal Information when you use any of these features, that Personal Information may be publicly posted and otherwise disclosed without limitation as to its use by us or by a third party. If you choose to post any such data to your account or public forums on our Service, please understand that it is visible to others as noted above. We have no obligation to keep private any sensitive information or personally identifiable information that you have made available to other users or the public using these functions. To request removal of your Personal Information from a public forum on one of our sites or applications, please contact Customer Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Content, communications and other information you provide to us, view or engage with when you use our sites and applications, our applications on third-party sites or platforms (such as social networking sites) or link your profile from a third-party site or platform to your registered account. We collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with, the features you use, the actions you take, the people or accounts you interact with, and the time, frequency and duration of your activities.
- Location information when you visit our sites or use our applications, including location information either provided by a mobile device interacting with one of our sites or applications, or associated with your internet protocol (IP) address, where we are permitted by law to process this information. For example, when you tune in to SCIFI.radio, we can tell what country you’re tuning in from and what kind of device you’re using, and sometimes what city you’re in (but not often). This information is used primarily for aggregate tracking purposes, and we have no way to correlate this information to any specific individual.
- Usage, viewing and technical data, including your device identifier and features, IP address, web pages you visited prior to coming to our sites, proxy server, operating system, web browser and add-ons, internet service provider or your mobile carrier, and third-party user handles associated with your account when you visit our sites, use our applications on third-party sites or platforms, or open e-mails that we send. We use log-ins, cookies, device information and IP addresses to identify you and log your use.
- We don’t keep track of your marketing preferences in general. Third party advertisers may do this on via our services, but we frankly don’t care, and don’t have any direct use for this information. We do have the theoretical ability to keep track of what parts of our service you use, but that’s pretty much limited to things you sign up for directly anyway. There’s no anonymous spooky stuff going on where you can’t see it.
- Information you share with us in connection with surveys, contents or promotions.
- Communications that you send to us, such as customer support inquiries or other inquiries related to your account.
Additionally, there are a few special circumstances to note:
- Intellectual Property Claim Notices: If you notify us of an intellectual property claim, the information in your claim notice may be shared with other parties to the disagreement or third parties in our discretion and as required by law;
- Beta Service User: If you volunteer to serve as a beta participant for our pre-commercial content, we may track bug reports and individual system performance in an effort to test our technology rigorously before it is deployed;
- Former Customer: If you discontinue your use of our Service, we may keep your registration file in our database for use in the event that you elect to renew your use of our Service, as well as for anti-fraud and other such protective measures.
2. How We Collect Your Information
We collect information you provide directly to us when you request products, services or information from us, register with us, participate in public forums or other activities on our sites and applications, respond to customer inquiries or surveys, or otherwise interact with us. We also record some of this information automatically when you use our Services. We also may receive some of this information from third parties.
- We collect the types of information as outlined in Section 1 and when you visit our sites or applications, when you register and manage your account, when you use our Services, when you purchase a product or services from us, when you post to public forums or chats, if you send us support inquiries, intellectual property claims or other claims, complaints or inquiries, when you participate in contents or promotions, or when we ask you for information for contractual or legal reasons.
- We acquire information from other trusted sources to update or supplement the information you provided or we collected automatically. Local law may require that you authorize the third party to share your information with us before we can acquire it.
3. Use of Your Information by Krypton Media Group
Krypton Media Group, Inc. will be the data controller for your information. We may have access to your information where it performs services, unless prohibited under applicable law, for use on its own behalf (as a data controller) for the following purposes:
- Provide you with the products and services you request, such as create and manage your account, process payments, send your emails or other communications about your transactions and Service-related announcements, provide you with customized services based on your preferences
- Communicate with you about your account or transactions with us and send you information about features on our sites and applications or changes to our policies
- Consistent with local law and choices and controls that may be available to you:
- Send you offers and promotions for our products and services or, as permitted, third-party products and services
- Personalize content and experiences on our sites and applications
- Provide you with advertising based on your activity on our sites and applications and on third-party sites and applications
- Administer surveys, contest or promotions
- Optimize or improve our products, services and operations
- Detect, investigate and prevent activities that may violate our policies (including our Terms of Service) or be illegal, including law enforcement requests
- Verify accounts and monitor activities within our Services to promote safety and security of our Services
- Comply with applicable laws and regulations, including regulation related to money services business.
- Develop, test, evaluate and improve our Services.
- Respond to your inquiries or concerns.
Except under certain limited circumstances as set forth here and in our Terms of Service, Krypton Media Group does not disclose to third parties the personal information or other account-related information that you provide to us without your permission. You understand, however, that Krypton Media Group may disclose this information or other account-related information under the following circumstances:
- If we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary under applicable law, or to comply with legal process served on Krypton Media Group;
- In order to protect and defend the rights or interests of Krypton Media Group, its products and services, and/or the other users of such products and services;
- In order to report to law enforcement authorities, or assist in their investigation of suspected illegal or wrongful activity, or to report any instance in which we believe a person may be in danger;
- To service providers with whom we have contracted to assist us with the features or operations (such as anti-fraud functions, billing, collections, registration, customer support, e-mail delivery, or age verification), to fulfill your service requests, offer new content or help us improve our products and/or services. Our contracts with these third parties prohibit them from using any of your personal information for purposes unrelated to the product or services they are providing;
- To other third parties (a) to provide you with services you have requested, (b) to offer you information about our products or services (e.g. events or features), or (c) to whom you explicitly ask us to send your information (or about whom you are otherwise explicitly notified and consent to when using a specific service). For instance, we may provide certain information to our payment processor, to credit card associations, banks or issuers (if you are using a credit card), to PayPal (if you are using a PayPal account), or to providers of other services you request. If you choose to use these third parties’ products or services, then their use of your information is governed by their privacy policies. You should evaluate the practices of third party providers before deciding to use their services; and
- To other business entities, should we plan to merge with or be acquired by that business entity.
4. Sharing Your Information With Other Companies
We will not share your personal information outside of Krypton Media Group except in limited circumstances, including:
- When you allow us to share your personal information with another company, such as:
- Directing us to share your personal information with third-party sites or platforms, such as social networking sites, or payment platforms such as PayPal or Stipe.
- Please note that once we share your personal information with another company, the information received by the other company becomes subject to the other company’s privacy practices.
- When companies perform services on our behalf, however, these companies are prohibited from using your personal information for purposes other than those requested by us or required by law;
- When we share, assign or otherwise transfer personal information with third parties in connection with the sale of any of our products, services, assets and/or businesses, or when the ownership or control of all or part of our Services changes;
- When we share personal information with third parties to enforce our Terms of Service or rules, to ensure the safety and security of our users and third parties, to comply with law enforcement or other legal process or in other cases if we believe in good faith that disclosure is required by law.
Your Controls, Rights and Choices
1. Data Retention
2. Right to Access and Control your Personal Information
We provide you with the ability to exercise certain controls, rights and choices regarding our collection, use, process, store and sharing of your information. Individuals located in certain countries, including the European Economic Area, have certain statutory rights in relation to their personal data. In accordance with applicable law and subject to any exemptions provided by law, your controls, rights and choices may include:
- Correct or Update: You may correct or update your account registration or your Personal Information or you may also ask us to change or update your data in certain cases, particularly if it is inaccurate;
- Delete: You may delete your account registration or ask us to erase or delete all or some your Personal Information (for example, if it is no longer necessary to provide Services to you);
- Object to, Limit or Restrict use of Personal Data: You may ask us to stop using all or some your Personal Information (for example if we have no legal right to keep using it) or to limit our use of it (for example, of your Personal Information is inaccurate or unlawfully held);
- You may change your choices for subscriptions, newsletters and alerts;
- You may choose whether to receive offers and promotions, or other marketing, from us for our products and services, or products and services that we think may be of interest to you, and you have a right to object to Krypton Media Groups’s use of your Personal Information for this purpose at any time;
- You may choose whether to share your Personal Information with other companies so they can send you offers and promotions about their products and services;
- You may choose whether to receive targeted advertising from many ad networks, data exchanges, marketing analytics and other service providers by following the directions set forth above in Section 2;
- Right to Access and/or Take Your Data: You may request access to the Personal Information we hold about you and you may ask for a copy of your Personal Information in machine-readable form.
You may exercise your controls, rights and choices, or request access to your Personal Information, by modifying your selections on your account preferences page, following unsubscribe instructions provided in communications we send to you, or sending correspondence regarding your request(s) or the publications or services you no longer wish to receive from us to the following address:
Krypton Media Group
13636 Ventura Blvd. #338
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
We will consider your request in accordance with applicable laws. Please note that, for technical reasons, there is likely to be a delay in deleting your Personal Information from our systems if you ask us to delete it. Please be aware that such a request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted on our sites or that we have, and that there may be circumstances in which the law does not require or allow removal even if requested. Please be aware that if you do not allow us to collect Personal Information from you, we may not be able to deliver certain products and services to you, and some of our Services may not be able to take account of your interests and preferences.
You may have the right to lodge a complaint with a competent supervisory authority, subject to applicable law.
To the extent that Krypton Media Group’s processing of your Personal Information is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Krypton Media Group relies on its lawful bases, described below, to process your data.
If you collect or process Personal Information of users associated with the European Economic Area on a Krypton Media Group website or create or use of programs or applications that retain information about such Krypton Media Group users or their computers, you may also have obligations under the GDPR. You should seek independent legal advice relating to your status and obligations under the GDPR. Nothing on this website is intended to provide you with, nor should it be used as a substitute for, legal advice.
3. Account Closure
We retain your Personal Information even after you have closed your account if reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations (including law enforcement requests), meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, respond to government investigations, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, enforce our Terms of Service or other terms or policies, and protect our and other’s rights. We will retain Anonymous Information and Aggregate Information after your account has been closed. As we do not control data you shared with others, such data will remain visible or accessible.
4. Children’s Privacy
We recognize the need to provide further privacy protections with respect to Personal Information that we may collect from children on our sites and applications. Some of the features on our sites and applications are not directed towards children, and we do not knowingly collect Personal Information from children in connection with those features. When we direct certain sites, products or services toward children and intend to collect Personal Information from children, we take additional steps to protect their privacy, including:
- Notifying parents (including guardians) about our information practices with regard to children, including the types of Personal Information we may collect from children, the uses to which we may put that information, and whether and with whom we may share that information;
- In accordance with applicable law, obtaining parental consent for the collection, disclosure or use of Personal Information from their children, or for sending information about our products and services directly to their children;
- Limiting our collection of Personal Information from children to no more than is reasonably necessary to participate in an online activity; and
- Giving parents access or the ability to request access to Personal Information we have collected from their children and the ability to request that such Personal Information be changed or deleted. At anytime a parent may request that we cease to collect further Personal Information from their child or request that any Personal Information that we have collected be changed or deleted from our records, in accordance with applicable law, by sending an e-mail to our Customer Support teams at email@example.com.
In some instances, certain portions of our Service may allow children to submit Personal Information (such as their name and/or the child’s or his or her parent’s e-mail address) without first obtaining their parent’s consent. For example, we may collect online contact information from a child for the purpose of:
- Obtaining parental consent and/or providing the child’s parent with any information regarding their child’s use of our Service, as required by law;
- Responding directly to a specific request from the child on a one-time basis (for instance, in response to a customer support inquiry);
- Responding directly more than once to a specific request from the child (for instance, to receive a newsletter or in-game communication from us), provided that in such case (i) we will use reasonable efforts to notify the child’s parent (e.g. via e-mail) of such ongoing communications with the child promptly after our initial response to the child and before making any subsequent responses to the child, and (ii) the child’s parent shall have the right to refuse further contact with the child and require the deletion of Personal Information about or collected from the child by contacting our Customer Support team;
- Protecting the safety of a child participant on our Service, provided that we have used reasonable efforts to provide notice to the child’s parent (e.g. via e-mail). If the parent fails to respond to such notice, we may use such online contact information for the purpose stated therein; and
- Protecting the security or integrity of our Service, to take precautions against liability, to respond to judicial process or to the extent permitted under other provisions of applicable laws, to provide information to law enforcement agencies or for an investigation on a matter related to public safety, to the extent reasonably necessary to do so.
Parents are encouraged to spend time online with their children and to become familiar with the types of content available through our Service and on the Internet in general. Parents should regularly oversee their child’s use of e-mail and other online communications and transactional features. Control tools are available from online services and software manufacturers that can help to provide a safe online environment for children. If your child has used your credit card in connection with our Service without your permission, please contact our Customer Support teams immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data Transfers, Security and Lawful Basis for Processing
1. Cross Border Data Transfers
We implement technical, physical and organizational security safeguards designed to protect your data, from loss, misuse and unauthorized access and disclosure. We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, given the nature of electronic communications and information processing technologies, we cannot guarantee the security or safety of any information that is send to us, transmitted through the Internet or stored on our systems. There is no guarantee that data may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach by others of any of our physical, technical, or organizational safeguards. In the event that Personal Information is compromised due to a breach of security, Krypton Media Group will promptly notify our users in compliance with applicable law.
3. Lawful Basis for Processing
We will collect, use, process and store your Personal Information where we have a valid lawful basis. Our lawful bases include one or more of the following:
- Consent (you have given Krypton Media Group consent, which you can change at anytime);
- Performance of a contract (our processing is necessary for the performance of a contract we have with you to deliver the Services you have requested, to respond to your inquiries or to take specific steps before entering into a contract with you);
- Legal obligation (processing is necessary for Krypton Media Group to comply with laws, regulations and regulatory authorities, court orders or law enforcement requests);
- Vital Interest (processing is necessary to protect your vital interests or vital interests of another person);
- Legitimate interest (improve our business or customer relationships, marketing and advertising, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, analyze and improve safety and security of our Services, enforce our Terms of Service, to anonymize and subsequently use the information).
1. Payment Transactions
We use third party web sites such as PayPal and Stipe for our payment transactions. We have to rely on their ability to perform secure transactions with credit cards or PayPal payments. You may be referred to online services such as Etsy, or Spreadshirt. They are responsible for their online security, not us.
We don’t handle any monetary transactions on our web site, so there are no financial records kept on our server and there’s literally nothing to hack into for hackers to steal. We know we’re not necessarily security experts, so we let others who know more about it do the heavy lifting.
2. Sales Returns
We don’t do returns unless you can show that the item you received is fundamentally defective. By this we mean something that is unsuitable for the purpose for which it is intended by way of some gross mechanical flaw. These would be things like:
- “When I opened the box I found that important parts were missing”, in which case we’ll send you the missing parts.
- “When I opened the box I found that the pieces were damaged in shipment”, in which case we’ll ask you to send us a photo of the broken pieces – no, we won’t ask you to send the broken pieces back, as we’re not jerks, and what the heck would we do with them anyway?
- “I tried it on and it doesn’t fit”. Well. We’ll be a little grumpy about it, but we’ll either exchange it for you or give you a refund if you send us back the thing that didn’t fit – unless the thing that doesn’t fit is made by a third party, in which case we’ll help you broker the exchange or refund with that third party. After we help you make the initial connection, it’s up to you. Our responsibility ends there. You’re paying the shipping to send it back to us, by the way.
SCIFI.radio works diligently to ensure that the creative rights of others are not infringed, but accidents, on rare occasion, do happen.
The United States Digital Millenium Copyright Act protects the rights of content creators with respect to unauthorized usage of copyright materials. Krypton Media Group accepts content from a variety of contributors, and while we do our best to ensure that intellectual property rights are being properly managed, we present a remedy in the event that you find anything of yours on our web site that shouldn’t be here.
If you discover that material has been inadvertantly used on the pages of the SCIFI.radio web site, you may file a claim of infringement. The law requires that the claim include the following information:
(i) identification of the copyrighted work;
(ii) identification of the alleged infringing material;
(iii) full contact information of the person making the claim;
(iv) a statement that the claim is made in with a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner described is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
(v) a statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the claim is accurate and that the person making the claim is the copyright holder, or is the legal and authorized representative of the copyright holder;
(vi) a signature of the person making the claim.
You must send three copies (see below). We aren’t kidding about this. Failure to send three copies will result in a non-response.
The signature on the claim must be an actual, handwritten signature of the person who owns the copyright against which the claim is being made. If you are a “rights representative” of any sort and not the actual holder of the copyright, send copies of all written agreements between you and the actual copyright holder with proper handwritten original signatures, because we won’t waste our time talking to you if you can’t provide this. If your chain of possession extends only to being able to collect billing on behalf of your client, you’re not high enough up the food chain to make a claim, and without having gone through the legal proceedings of successfully showing to everyone’s satisfaction that there was a willful infraction of copyright not covered by Fair Use, you may not just arbitrarily send us a bill. That’s not how the law works.
The signature on the DMCA takedown request must also be in actual ink and not a photocopy. We do not accept an “electronic signature”, because anybody can type anything and call it an “electronic signature”.
You must send the DMCA takedown request in triplicate (that means every page) – one for our files, one for our attorney, and one to file with the court as an exhibit should things go that far.
This information must be submitted via conventional mail. You may transmit this information to our business address:
Krypton Media Group
13636 Ventura Blvd. #336
Sherman Oaks, CA 19423
When submitting a DMCA takedown request, you must adhere to our submission format to the letter. If you don’t, we legally don’t even have to talk to you.
The material in question will then be removed in accordance with the requirements of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and you will be notified of its removal.
If we feel that the identified material has been improperly identified or that you lack standing to claim the material as your own, we reserve the right to challenge the claim. If you cannot provide satisfactory evidence of ownership or copyright, the materials in question may be restored at our discretion after 14 days. Your only option after that, if you still think we’re in the wrong, is to file a copyright suit. A typical copyright lawsuit costs upwards of $120,000 to wage, so weigh that against your chances of winning – and considering that we’re a news outlet and that practically everything we do is solidly covered by the Fair Use carve-outs in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act afforded to news agencies, your chances won’t be good.
Why are we this nuts about DMCA requests? Because any jackwagon can file one, and the more frivolous jackwagons can do it at very high speed to a very large number of copyright trolling victims. This is our way of making sure that you are in earnest. If we receive a DMCA following these instructions, we know that it’s likely a legitimate request from the actual copyright holder.
Contributors to this site with a history of posting problematic content with respect to copyright ownership may be sanctioned and removed from membership in the SCIFI.radio web site.
Publishers Need to be Registered for Safe Harbor Protection
It’s a bit surprising, but publishers need to be registered with the United States Copyright Office to ensure eligibility for what’s called Safe Harbor protection. In a nutshell, it means that if one of our authors accidentally uses something they shouldn’t, we have the right to exercise the DMCA takedown process in cooperation with complaintants on their behalf. Our registration number is DMCA-1028908, if you care to cross check it.
Before You File a DMCA
We find it remarkable that in this day and age, we still have to point this out, but news services such as ours are, by in large, immune to copyright claims when material is included as part of a news article (almost our entire web site is news articles, unless it pertains to information about our radio service or the shows that appear on it, and technically that’s news too).
Here’s why: the United States Government’s own documentation on what is and is not copyright infringement clearly states the following:
107. Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
This means, in essence, that if the photograph or image relates to the article in which it appears in terms of subject matter, IT IS FAIR USE, and not an infringement. Out of deference for artists and photographers, even those in other countries, we may opt to honor a DMCA takedown request anyway (and we have done so in the past), because most of us are artists ourselves and we know what it’s like, having been on the other end of this equation — but we are not required to do this if your copyright is not directly filed with the United States Copyright Office, nor are there any legal or monetary consequences whatsover if we don’t.
However, if you do happen to have an actual copyright in hand, failing to follow our DMCA takedown procedure to the letter and then making subsequent demands will get you pretty much nowhere.
In particular, if you’re a copyright or trademark troll (and you know who you are) we won’t bother with demand letters unless you first file that DMCA as shown above. Arbitrary demand letters or invoices with arbitrary figures for payment to which we have not previously agreed in writing will be summarily ignored. If we discover you scanning our web site, consuming our resources for the purposes of “monitoring” our content without our written permission to do so, you will be summarily blocked with no warning. We’ve already blocked three copyright trolls because of this. Don’t be the fourth.
Ownership and Funding
SCIFI.radio is a production of Krypton Media Group, Inc, a privately held California Chapter S corporation. We do not have any corporate shareholders, only private individuals, and our stock is not publically traded. This allows us to operate without being unduly influenced by external corporate interests.
While some of our funding does come from advertisers, the vast majority of it comes from listeners just like you. While we do accept individual donations via PayPal and Ko-Fi, most of it comes to us via our Patreon campaign.