IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. THIS IS A CONTRACT. BY USING THIS Property, YOU ACCEPT ALL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT. If you disagree with any of the terms that follow or do not agree to be bound by all such terms, do not use this Property.
The information and features included in this Property have been compiled from a variety of sources, are for informational and entertainment purposes only and are subject to change at any time without notice. By accessing or linking to this Property, you assume the risk that the information on this Property may be incomplete, inaccurate, out of date, or may not meet your needs and requirements.
Ownership of Content
This Property and all of the content it contains, or may in the future contain, including but not limited to articles, opinions, other text, directories, guides, photographs, illustrations, images, video and audio clips and advertising copy, as well as the trademarks, copyrights, logos, domain names, trade names, service marks, patents and any and all copyrightable material (including source and object code) and/or any other form of intellectual property (collectively, the “Material”) are owned by or licensed to Company or other authorized third parties and are protected from unauthorized use, copying and dissemination by copyright, trademark, publicity and other laws and by international treaties. Unless expressly permitted in writing by Company, you shall not capture, reproduce, perform, transfer, sell, license, modify, create derivative works from or based upon, republish, reverse engineer, upload, edit, post, transmit, publicly display, frame, link, distribute, or exploit in whole or in part any of the Material. Nothing contained in these Terms or on the Property should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any Material in any manner without the prior written consent of Company or such third party that may own the Material or intellectual property displayed on the Property. UNAUTHORIZED USE, COPYING, REPRODUCTION, MODIFICATION, PUBLICATION, REPUBLICATION, UPLOADING, FRAMING, DOWNLOADING, POSTING, TRANSMITTING, DISTRIBUTING, DUPLICATING OR ANY OTHER MISUSE OF ANY OF THE MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any use of the Material other than as permitted by these Terms will constitute a violation of these Terms and may constitute copyright and/or patent infringement. You agree not to use the Material for any unlawful purposes and not to violate Company’s rights or the rights of others. You agree not to interfere (or permit the use of your membership by a third party to interfere) with the normal processes or use of the Property by other members, including without limitation by attempting to access administrative areas of the Property. You agree to report any violation of these Terms by others that you become aware of. You are advised that Company will aggressively enforce its rights to the fullest extent of the law. Company may add, change, discontinue, remove or suspend any of the Material at any time, without notice and without liability.
User Forums | News | Blogs
Forums, bulletin boards, chat rooms or other interactive areas that may be offered on the Property (“User Forums“)are provided to give users a forum to express their opinions and share their ideas and information (“Community Content“). Company does not endorse the Community Content posted in User Forums and specifically disclaims any responsibility or liability to any person or entity (including, without limitation, persons who may use or rely on such material) for any loss, damage (whether actual, consequential, punitive or otherwise), injury, claim, liability or other cause of any kind or character based upon or resulting from any material provided through a User Forum.
Company does not and cannot review every message posted by users in the User Forums, and is not responsible for the content of these messages or the views or opinions expressed by the users of the User Forums. Information disclosed in the User Forums is by design revealed to the public. Company reserves the right, but is not obligated, to delete, move or edit content, in whole or in part, submitted by you to the Property for any reason in Company’s sole discretion. You understand that any content that you post and/or upload on the Property will be considered a submission for purposes of these services. In addition, Company may delete, move, edit or disclose the contents of messages when it is required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such action is necessary to protect and defend the rights and property of Company or to protect the safety of our users or the public. In no event does Company assume any obligation to monitor the User Forums or remove any specific material.
Restrictions on Use
You agree not to do any of the following while using the Property, including any User Forum:
- harass, stalk or otherwise abuse another user;
- transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available any content that is false, harmful, threatening, abusive, tortious, defamatory, libelous, disparaging (including disparaging of Company), vulgar, obscene, pornographic or that promotes violence, racial hatred, terrorism or illegal acts, or is otherwise objectionable (as determined by Company in its sole discretion);
- transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available any content that is unlawful or infringes, violates or misappropriate any patent, trademark, trade identity right, trade secret, publicity right, privacy right, copyright or any other intellectual property or any other rights of any third party ;
- transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available any viruses, Trojan horses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files or material that interferes with any third party’s uninterrupted use and enjoyment of the Property;
- impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise disguise the origin of any content transmitted through the Property or to Company, including forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any transmission to the Property for any reason;
- transmit, post, send, upload, distribute, submit or otherwise make available through the Property any personal advertising, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes or offer for sale of any products or services, except in areas, if any, specifically designated for such purposes;
- collect or harvest the information of any user or otherwise access the Property using automated means (including but not limited to harvesting bots, robots, spiders or scrapers); or
- violate any applicable local, state, federal or international law, rule or regulation.
Company does not endorse the Community Content in the User Forums and specifically disclaims any responsibility or liability to any person or entity (including, without limitation, persons who may use or rely on such material) for any loss, damage (whether actual, consequential, punitive or otherwise), injury, claim, liability or other cause of any kind or character based upon or resulting from any Community Content provided through a User Forum. By posting or uploading Community Content to any User Forum or submitting any other Community Content to Company, you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) Company a perpetual, worldwide, royalty¬free, irrevocable, non¬exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, sub¬license, create derivative works from and distribute such materials or incorporate such Community Content into any form, medium, or technology now known hereafter devised throughout the universe in perpetuity. In addition, you warrant that the content as uploaded or posted by you does not violate any person’s so¬called “moral rights” or other similar or analogous rights under any applicable laws in any country or region of the world.
You understand that the uploading to and/or posting of any Community Content in any User Forum shall not be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of Company, and Company shall not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Community Content. Without limitation of the foregoing, Company shall exclusively own all now known or hereafter existing rights to the Community Content of every kind and nature, in perpetuity, throughout the universe and shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the Community Content in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in perpetuity for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation or credit to the provider, author or owner of the Community Content.
You agree to indemnify Company for any and all third party claims, damages, losses, and causes of action arising as a result of your posting or uploading any Community Content to any User Forum or submitting any Community Content to Company, or your failure to comply with the above guidelines.
Disclaimers/Limitations on Liability
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THIS Property AND ALL MATERIAL AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONTAINED ON IT ARE DISTRIBUTED “AS IS” “AS AVAILABLE” “WITH ALL FAULTS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR THOSE ARISING BY STATUTE OR OTHERWISE IN LAW OR FROM A COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY BY JURISDICTION.
YOU AGREE THAT COMPANY AND ITS PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, LICENSORS AND ASSIGNS, AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “RELEASED PARTIES”), ARE NOT LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER BASED IN TORT, CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OR RESULTING IN ANY WAY FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PROPERTY, THE USER FORUMS, THE MATERIAL, OR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ITS TECHNICAL OPERATION OR THE MATERIAL, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER CAUSED IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY NEGLIGENCE, ACTS OF GOD, TELECOMMUNICATIONS FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OF, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, THIS PROPERTY OR ITS RELATED INFORMATION OR PROGRAMS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION IN THESE TERMS, IN NO EVENT AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY REASON OR ANY CAUSE OF ACTION WHATSOEVER IN AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN FIFTY DOLLARS ($50). SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, AND/OR THE DISCLAIMER OF SOME TYPES OF DAMAGES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE MIGHT NOT APPLY TO YOU. BY ACCESSING THIS PROPERTY, I UNDERSTAND THAT I MAY BE WAIVING RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS THAT ARE AT THIS TIME UNKNOWN OR UNSUSPECTED, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUCH WAIVER, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVE, THE BENEFITS OF SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF MASSACHUSETTS, AND ANY SIMILAR LAW OF ANY STATE OR TERRITORY, WHICH PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”
Company makes no representation or warranty whatsoever regarding the completeness, accuracy, currency or adequacy of any information, facts, views, opinions, statements or recommendations contained on this Property and/or the Material. Reference to any product, process, publication or service of any third party by trade name, domain name, trademark, service mark, logo, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement or recommendation by Company. Views and opinions of users of this Property do not necessarily state or reflect those of Company. Users are responsible for seeking the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding the information, opinions, advice or content available at this Property.
The Internet may be subject to breaches of security. Company is not responsible for any resulting damage to any user’s computer from any such security breach, or from any virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer line failure or any other technical or other malfunction. You should also be aware that email submissions over the Internet may not be secure, and you should consider this before emailing Company any information. Company makes no representation or warranty whatsoever regarding the suitability, functionality, availability or operation of this Property. This Property may be temporarily unavailable due to maintenance or malfunction of computer equipment.
BY USING THIS PROPERTY YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND AND HOLD COMPANY AND ITS PARENTS, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, LICENSORS AND ASSIGNS AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, OFFICER AND DIRECTORS HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY THIRD PARTY CLAIMS, ALLEGED CLAIMS, DEMANDS, CAUSES OF ACTION, JUDGMENTS, DAMAGES, LOSSES, LIABILITIES, AND ALL COSTS AND EXPENSES OF DEFENSE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO: YOUR BREACH OF YOUR REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES, COVENANTS OR AGREEMENTS HEREUNDER; YOUR VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS OR ANY LAW; YOUR USE OF THIS PROPERTY AND/OR THE MATERIAL IN VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS; INFORMATION OR MATERIAL POSTED OR TRANSMITTED THROUGH YOUR COMPUTER OR MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT, EVEN IF NOT SUBMITTED BY YOU, THAT INFRINGES ANY COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK, TRADE SECRET, TRADE DRESS, PATENT, PUBLICITY, PRIVACY OR OTHER RIGHT OF ANY PERSON OR DEFAMES ANY PERSON; ANY MISREPRESENTATION MADE BY YOU; AND/OR COMPANY’S USE OF YOUR INFORMATION. YOU WILL COOPERATE AS FULLY AND AS REASONABLY REQUIRED IN COMPANY’S DEFENSE OF ANY CLAIM. COMPANY RESERVES THE RIGHT, AT ITS OWN EXPENSE, TO ASSUME THE EXCLUSIVE DEFENSE AND CONTROL OF ANY MATTER OTHERWISE SUBJECT TO INDEMNIFICATION BY YOU, AND YOU SHALL NOT IN ANY EVENT SETTLE ANY SUCH MATTER WITHOUT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF COMPANY.
Copyrights and Copyright Agents
Company respects the intellectual property of others and we ask our users to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Company has designated a Copyright Agent to receive notice of claims of copyright infringement on the Property.
Company’s Copyright Agent may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing PO Box 40472, Memphis, TN 38174 Attention: Copyright Agent.
If you believe that any Community Content infringes the copyright in a work that is owned or controlled by you or if you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please promptly provide Company’s Copyright Agent the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3) for further detail):
- An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works;
- The exact URL or a description reasonably sufficient to permit Company to locate where the alleged infringing material is located on the Property;
- Your name, address, telephone number and email address;
- A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law;
- A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are either the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Company does not accept unsolicited submissions for motion pictures, television programs, websites or other products or services. It is the intent of this policy to avoid the possibility of future misunderstandings when projects developed by or on behalf of Company’s staff might seem to others to be similar to their own creative ideas or materials. Therefore, please do not make any such unsolicited submissions to Company through this Property or otherwise.
If you link to this Property, we require that you follow these guidelines. You may link only to the home page, and the link must be in plain text, unless otherwise approved in writing by an authorized representative of Company. The link to this Property must not damage, dilute or tarnish the goodwill associated with any Company names and/or intellectual property, nor may the link create the false appearance that your Property and/or organization is sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated and/or associated with Company. You may not “frame” this Property or alter its intellectual property or Material in any other way. You may not link to the Property from a site that is unlawful, abusive, indecent or obscene, that promotes violence or illegal acts, that contains expressions of racism, that is libelous, defamatory, scandalous, or inflammatory or is otherwise deemed inappropriate, as determined by Company in its sole discretion. Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate a link with any Property for any reason or no reason at all, including without limitation any Property that Company deems to be inappropriate or inconsistent with or antithetical to this Property and/or these Terms. Company is not responsible for the content or performance of any portion of the Internet including other World Wide Properties to which this Property may be linked or from which this Property may be accessed. Users are requested to inform Company of any errors or inappropriate material found on Properties to which this Property is or may be linked.
This Property may contain sweepstakes, contests or other promotions that require you to send material or information about yourself. Please note that sweepstakes, contests or promotions offered via the Property may be, and often are, governed by a separate set of rules that, in addition to describing such sweepstakes, contest or promotion, may have eligibility requirements, such as certain age or geographic area restrictions, terms and conditions governing the use of material you submit, and disclosures about how your personal information may be used. It is your responsibility to read such rules to determine whether or not you want to and are eligible to participate, register and/or enter. By entering any such sweepstakes, contest or other promotion, you agree to comply with abide by such rules and the decisions of the sponsor(s) identified therein, which shall be final and binding in all respects.
Membership & Registration
Company operates this Property in the United States. Information contained on this Property may not be appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to this Property from territories where the content of the Property may be illegal is prohibited. If you access this Property from other locations, you do so on your own initiative and you are solely responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. These Terms shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Massachusetts (without regard to its conflicts of law principles that would cause the application of any other jurisdiction’s laws) and will specifically not be governed by the United Nations Conventions on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, if otherwise applicable. Any cause of action filed by you with respect to the Terms and/or your use of this Property must be filed in the County of Suffolk, City of Boston, State of Massachusetts within ninety (90) days after the occurrence of the facts giving rise to the cause of action, otherwise the cause shall be forever barred. You hereby consent and submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the courts located in the County of Suffolk, City of Boston, State of Massachusetts for any cause of action relating to or arising under these Terms or the Property. No software from the Property may be downloaded, exported or reexported: (i) into (or to a national or resident of) any countries that are subject to U.S. export restrictions; or (ii) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders. You represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country on any such list.
Violations and Additional Policies
Company will determine your compliance with these Terms in its sole discretion and its decision shall be final and binding. Any violation of these Terms may result in restrictions on your access to all or part of the Property and may be referred to law enforcement authorities. No waiver of any of these Terms shall be of any force or effect unless made in writing and signed by a duly authorized officer of Company. Company reserves the right to modify or discontinue this Property, or any portion thereof (including User Forums) without notice to you or any third party. Upon termination of your membership or access to the Property, or upon demand by Company, you must destroy all materials obtained from this Property and all related documentation and all copies and installations thereof. You are advised that Company will aggressively enforce its rights to the fullest extent of the law. Company, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify and terminate access or use of any individual found to be (i) tampering with the operation of the Property; (ii) acting in violation of these Terms; (iii) acting in an unethical or disruptive manner; or (iv) acting with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass Company its representatives or any other individual in any manner related to the Property. If any provision of these Terms is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms, which will remain in full force and effect. The section titles in these Terms are for your convenience only and do not have any legal or contractual effect.