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JOINT VENTURE

BETWEEN

THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE

AND

PUBLIC.RESOURCE.ORG, INC.

Agreement No. NTIS-1832.
Renewed and Amended April 28, 2009.

Pursuant to Section 3704b(a)(1)A of Title 15 of the United States Code, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), a bureau within the Department of Commerce that operates on a self-sustaining basis without annual appropriations, and Public.Resource.Org, Inc. (PRO), a company incorporated under the laws of the State of California, hereby agree to enter into a joint venture to promote public access to multimedia products in the NTIS collection. The joint venture is based on an unsolicited proposal by PRO.
  1. Each month NTIS will select between ten and twenty non-copyrighted videotapes from available stock in its collection and ship them to PRO at its own expense.
  2. Immediately upon receipt, PRO will, at its own expense, digitize the videotape and return the videotape and a copy in digital video disk (DVD) format to NTIS. The videotape and the DVD copy are both considered to be property of the United States Government. PRO will normally return the videotape and DVD within 15 days of receipt. A monthly submission to PRO will normally not occur until the DVDs sent the previous month have been returned to NTIS.
  3. PRO will reimburse NTIS for the retail value of any videotape not returned to NTIS as provided in section 2.
  4. Each party is free to make the content of the videotape available to the public through a web site or other means in any format and at any price, or for free, and to retain 100% of the revenue from any sales of the content.
  5. PRO will assert no intellectual property claim to the content provided by NTIS or the resulting DVD in any manner whatsoever.
  6. Nothing in this joint venture purports to be an exclusive arrangement. NTIS may provide content in its videotape collection, including content digitized by PRO under this agreement, to any other business partner.
  7. Unless renewed earlier, this joint venture will terminate one year from the date of execution, except that either party may terminate it with 60 days written notice to the other. If NTIS terminates, PRO may either return any videotapes it has not yet digitized at NTIS' expense or it may treat those videotapes as subject to section 4. If PRO terminates, it may either return any videotapes not yet digitized at its own expense or it may treat those videotapes as subject to section 4.
  8. Neither party may assign its rights under this Agreement to a third party without the written consent of the other party.
  9. This agreement will be construed in accordance with applicable Federal law as construed by the United States Court of Federal Claims.
  10. Nothing in this agreement shall be construed as creating a partnership and neither party shall have the power to bind the other in any respect.

Carl Malamud, President
Public.Resource.Org, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein Hwy North
Sebastopol CA 95472

Donald Hagen
Associate Director
Product and Program Management
NTIS
Date: 11/2/2007 Date: 11/2/2007