Terms

ALGAE BIOMASS ORGANIZATION
WEB SITE TERMS OF USE

Last Updated: June 10th, 2010

Welcome to the Web site of the Algae Biomass Organization, a Washington non-profit corporation (“ABO,” “we,” or “us”).  Your use of this Web site (the “Site”) is subject to these Terms of Use (these “Terms”).  By using the Site, you agree to be bound by, and use the Site in compliance with, these Terms of Use.  If you do not agree with these Terms, you must not use our Site.

We may make changes to these Terms from time to time.  When we do, we will revise the “last updated” date given above.   It is your responsibility to review these Terms frequently and to remain informed of any changes to them.  The then-current version of these Terms will supersede all earlier versions.  You agree that your continued use of the Site after such changes have been published to the Site shall constitute your acceptance of such revised Terms.

License to Use the Site

Subject to these Terms, we grant to you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the Site for your personal use and not for resale or further distribution.  Your right to use the Site is limited by all terms and conditions set forth in these Terms.

Except for your pre-existing rights and this license granted to you, we and our licensors retain all right, title and interest in and to the Site, including all related intellectual property rights.  The Site is protected by applicable intellectual property laws, including United States copyright law and international treaties.

Except as otherwise explicitly provided in these Terms or as may be expressly permitted by applicable law, you will not, and will not permit or authorize any third party to: (a) reproduce, modify, translate, enhance, decompile, disassemble, reverse engineer or create derivative works of the Site; (b) rent, lease or sublicense access to the Site; or (c) circumvent or disable any security or technological features or measures of the Site.

Access to the Site; Modifications to the Site

We do not provide you with the equipment to access the Site.  You are responsible for all fees charged by third parties to access the Site (e.g., charges by internet service providers).

We reserve the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, all or any portion of the Site without notice.  We will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the Site or any portion of the Site.

We also reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to reject, refuse to post, or remove any material that you post or submit for posting, and to restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to the Site at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice, and without liability.

You must be 18 or older to register as a user on, or to otherwise use, the Site.

Restrictions

You must comply with all applicable laws when using the Site.  Except as may be expressly permitted by applicable law or as may be authorized by ABO in writing, you will not, and will not permit anyone else to: (a) store, copy, modify, distribute, or resell any of the information; audio, visual, and audiovisual works; or other content made available on the Site (“Site Content”) or compile or collect any Site Content as part of a database or other work; (b) use any automated tool (e.g., robots, spiders) to use the Site or store, copy, modify, distribute, or resell any Site Content; (c) rent, lease, or sublicense your access to the Site to another person; (d) use the Site or Site Content for any purpose except for your own personal use; (e) circumvent or disable any digital rights management, usage rules, or other security features of the Site; (f) use the Site in a manner that threatens the integrity, performance, or availability of the Site; or (g) remove, alter, or obscure any proprietary notices (including copyright and trademark notices) on any portion of the Site or Site Content.

Privacy Policy

We may collect registration and other information about you through the Site.  Our collection and use of this information is governed by our Privacy Policy, available here.

Linking to this Site

If you link to this Site, you are permitted to link only to the home page at algaebiomass.org.  Deep linking to internal parts of this Site, framing of this Site as part of other Web sites, and in-line linking or any other manner of incorporating parts of this Site as part of another Web site is not permitted without our prior written consent.

Links and Third Party Content

The Site may contain links to third party products, services, and Web sites.  We exercise no control over the third party products, services, and Web sites and we are not responsible for their performance, do not endorse them, and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, or other materials available through the third party products, services, and Web sites.  We are not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused to you by your use of or reliance on any goods or services available through the third party products, services, and Web sites.

Restricted Areas of the Site

Certain areas of the Site may be password restricted to ABO members or other authorized persons (“Password-Protected Areas”).  If you are authorized to gain access to these Password-Protected Areas, you agree that you are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and agree to notify us if the password is lost, stolen, disclosed to an unauthorized third party, or otherwise may have been compromised.  You agree that you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account, whether or not you are the individual who undertakes such activities.  You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security in relation to your password or the Site that is known to you.

Submissions

Users of the Site may have the opportunity to post information to, or submit materials for publication on, the Site. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information that constitutes part of the content expressed, authored, or made available by third parties on the Site, including but not limited to Submissions (defined below) that are made available on the Site (collectively, “Third Party Content”) are those of the respective authors or producers and not of us or our sponsors or their respective members, directors, officers, employees, agents, or representatives.

We do not control Third Party Content and do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Third Party Content.  You understand that by using the Site, you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent, or objectionable.  Under no circumstances will we, our sponsors or their respective members, directors, officers, employees, agents, or representatives be held liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information available on or through the Site. It is your responsibility to evaluate the information, opinion, advice, or other content available on and through the Site.

You agree that we are free to use any comments, information, ideas, concepts, reviews, papers, articles, or techniques or any other material contained in any communication you may send or provide to us (each, a “Submission”), including, without limitation, through postings to the Site or submissions to the Site’s peer review area, without further compensation, acknowledgement, or payment to you for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, modifying or improving the Site and the other products, services, and activities of the ABO.

Furthermore, by posting any Submission on the Site, or otherwise transmitting any Submission or other information to us, you grant us a perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, royalty-free, irrevocable, sublicenseable, worldwide license and right to display, use, perform, reproduce, modify, distribute and create derivative works of the Submission or information submitted in any media, software, or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.

BY POSTING OR PROVIDING ANY SUBMISSION OR OTHER INFORMATION, YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT PUBLIC POSTING AND USE OF YOUR SUBMISSION OR INFORMATION BY US WILL NOT INFRINGE UPON OR VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY.

Use Policies

You are solely responsible for any content and other material that you submit, publish or display on the Site or transmit to other members and/or other users of the Site.

You will not use the Site to: (a) upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any Submission that contains unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable content; (b) harm us or third parties in any way; (c) impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any Submission that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (e) upload, post, email or otherwise transmit any Submission that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other right of any party; (f) upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other forms of solicitation; (g) upload, post, email, or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; (h) interfere with or disrupt the Site or servers or networks connected to the Site, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Site; (i) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation; (j) “stalk” or otherwise harass another; or (k) collect or store personal data about other users.

Copyright Infringement

We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and ask you to do the same.  Our policy is to terminate the access privileges of those who repeatedly infringe the copyright rights of others.  If you believe that your work has been posted on the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact us at the address below and provide the following information: (1) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; (2) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, and identification of the URL or other specific location on the Site where the material that you claim is infringing is located; (3) your address, telephone number, and email address; (4) 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; and (5) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Our designated agent for notice of copyright infringement is:

Andrew T. Braff
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5100
Seattle, WA 98104-7036
(206) 883-2567 (D) | (206) 883-2500 (M) | (206) 883-2699 (F)
abraff@wsgr.com

Trademarks

“Algae Biomass Organization,” the ABO logo, and any other product or service name or slogan displayed on the Site are trademarks of the ABO and its suppliers or licensors, and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of the ABO or the applicable trademark holder.  You may not use any metatags or any other “hidden text” utilizing “Algae Biomass Organization” or any other name, trademark or product or service name of Company without our prior written permission.  In addition, the look and feel of the Site, including all page headers, custom graphics, button icons and scripts, is the service mark, trademark and/or trade dress of the ABO and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written permission.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks, product names and company names or logos mentioned in the Site are the property of their respective owners.  Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation thereof by us.

Feedback

We may provide you with a mechanism to provide feedback, suggestions, and ideas, if you choose, about the Site (“Feedback”).  You agree that we may, in our sole discretion, use the Feedback you provide to us in any way, including in future modifications to the Site.  You hereby grant to us and our assigns a perpetual, worldwide, fully transferable, irrevocable, royalty free license to use, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, and display the Feedback in any manner any for any purpose.

Disclaimer of Warranties

YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SITE CONTENT IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.  THE SITE AND SITE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.  WE AND OUR SPONSORS AND LICENSORS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.  WE DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, OR USEFULNESS OF THE SITE AND SITE CONTENT, AND YOU RELY ON THE SITE AND SITE CONTENT AT YOUR OWN RISK.  ANY MATERIAL OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY MATERIAL THROUGH THE SITE.  NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SITE WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT.  SOME STATES MAY PROHIBIT A DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.

Limitation of Liability

WE AND OUR SPONSORS AND LICENSORS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THESE DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND SITE CONTENT.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF US AND OUR SPONSORS AND LICENSORS OF ALL KINDS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR SITE CONTENT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTY CLAIMS), REGARDLESS OF THE FORUM AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY ACTION OR CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED THE AMOUNTS, IF ANY, THAT YOU HAVE PAID TO US FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE.  BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Indemnity

You will indemnify and hold us, our sponsors, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, and representatives harmless from any costs, damages, expenses, and liability caused by your use of the Site or Site Content, your violation of these Terms, or your violation of any rights of a third party through use of the Site or Site Content.

Legal Notices

Enforcement of these Terms will be governed by Washington law, excluding its conflict and choice of law principles.  The exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any claims arising out of or related to these Terms or your use of the Site will lie in the State and Federal courts located in the State of Washington, and you irrevocably agree to submit to the jurisdiction of such courts.  Our failure to enforce any right or provision in these Terms will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by us in writing.  In the event that a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions or concerns about the Site or these Terms, you may contact us at:

Algae Biomass Organization
125 St. Paul Street
P.O. Box 369
Preston, MN  55965-0369

info@algaebiomass.org

Please note:  this URL may need to be updated.

 

Please note:  the Online Liability Limitation Act, part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, limits site operators’ liability for infringing content if they designate an agent to receive takedown requests and act on them appropriately.  Designating the agent requires filing a form and paying a fee with the Copyright Office.   Designating an agent is a virtual must for a Web site that has significant user participation or user-generated content, but it might not be necessary for the ABO if the ABO does not anticipate allowing users to post significant amounts of articles, videos, or other content.

 

Please note:  I understand that the ABO may permit its members to use the ABO logo, and that there may be multiple licenses that allow logo usage.  It is not absolutely necessary to discuss those here in these Terms of Use, but if desired, we can include a brief description of the types of logo usage that are available for ABO members.