These Terms of Service (“Terms”) govern your use of the ASOR blog (the “Service”) operated by The American Schools of Oriental Research (“ASOR”) at www.asorblog.org (the “Site”). Please read these Terms carefully. By using the Service, you are stating that you have read and understand, and agree to be bound by, these Terms. To the extent that these Terms are deemed to conflict with any and all other agreements between you and ASOR, these Terms supercede and control your use of the Service and access to the Site. If you do not agree to these Terms, you are not permitted to use the Service or access the Site.
1. Your Responsibilities.
You are responsible for obtaining and maintaining all equipment and services needed for access to and use of the Service and for paying all charges related thereto.
You agree not to use the Service to: (a) violate any local, state, national, or international law or regulation; (b) post, upload or transmit any material that is abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, pornographic, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically, or otherwise objectionable; (c) post, upload or transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of solicitation; (d) post, upload or transmit any material that contains adware, malware, spyware, 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; (e) stalk, harass, or harm another individual; (f) impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; or (g) interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Service.
2. User Submissions.
ASOR does not claim ownership of any information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, tags or other materials you submit for display or distribution to others through the Service, including and comments (collectively, “User Submissions“). As between ASOR and you, you own all rights to your User Submissions. However, you grant to ASOR and assign an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully-paid, world-wide, license (sublicensable through multiple tiers) to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform, and publicly display your User Submissions (in whole or in part) in any format or medium now known or later developed; provided.
ASOR reserves the right to display advertisements in connection with User Submissions and to use User Submissions for advertising and promotional purposes. ASOR does not pre-screen User Submissions and you agree that you are solely responsible for all of your User Submissions. ASOR is not required to host, display, or distribute any User Submissions, and ASOR may remove at any time or refuse any User Submissions in its sole discretion. You represent and warrant that your User Submissions and ASOR’s authorized use thereof do not and will not infringe the rights of any third party (including, without limitation, intellectual property rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other legal or moral rights) and that Your User Submissions fully comply with these Terms, including Paragraphs 1 and 3 hereof.
3. Copyright Infringement.
ASOR respects the intellectual property rights of others. Accordingly, ASOR has a policy of removing User Submissions that violate copyright law.
Pursuant to Title 17 of the United States Code, Section 512, ASOR has implemented procedures for receiving written notification of claimed copyright infringement and for processing such claims in accordance with such law. If you believe your copyright is being infringed by a user of the Service, please provide written notice to ASOR for notice of claims of copyright infringement.
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Your written notice must: (a) contain your physical or electronic signature; (b) identify the copyrighted work alleged to have been infringed; (c) identify the allegedly infringing material in a sufficiently precise manner to allow ASOR to locate that material, including a specific URL; (d) contain adequate information by which ASOR can contact you (including postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address); (e) contain a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or the law; (f) contain a statement that the information in the written notice is accurate; and (g) contain a statement, under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner. Please do not send notices or inquiries unrelated to alleged copyright infringement to ASOR.
ASOR may suspend your access to all or part of the Service, without notice, if you violate these Terms or you engage in any conduct that ASOR, in its sole and absolute discretion, believes is in violation of any applicable law or regulation or is otherwise harmful to the interests of ASOR, any other Service user, or any third party. YOU AGREE THAT ASOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR REMOVING YOUR USER SUBMISSIONS OR SUSPENDING OR TERMINATING YOUR ACCESS TO THE SERVICE (OR ANY PORTION THEREOF). You may discontinue your participation in and access to the Service at any time. ASOR reserves the right to investigate your use of the Service in the event ASOR, in its sole and absolute discretion, believes you have violated these Terms.
5. Modifications To Terms.
ASOR may, in its sole and absolute discretion, change these Terms from time to time. ASOR will post notice of such changes on the Site. If you object to any such changes, your sole recourse shall be to cease using the Service. Continued use of the Service following notice of any such changes shall indicate your acknowledgement of such changes and agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions of such changes.
6. Modifications To Service.
ASOR reserves the right to modify or discontinue the Service with or without notice to you. YOU AGREE THAT ASOR SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY SHOULD ASOR EXERCISE ITS RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE THE SERVICE.
ASOR reserves the right at any time to charge fees for access to new Service content or services or to portions of the existing Service content or services or to the Service as a whole. In no event will you be charged for access to any Service content or service, or to the Service as a whole, unless we obtain your prior agreement to pay such fees. If you do not consent to the payment of such fees, however, you may not have access to paid content or services. Details regarding the content or services you will receive in exchange for fees, as well as the payment terms and conditions that apply, will be disclosed to you prior to your agreement to pay such fees. Any such terms and conditions shall be deemed to be a part of (and are hereby incorporated by reference into) these Terms.
9. Links and Advertising.
ASOR’s provision of a link to any other Web site or Internet resource is for your convenience only and does not signify ASOR’s endorsement of such other Web site or resource or its contents. YOU AGREE THAT ASOR SHALL HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, OR MATERIALS FOUND AT ANY OTHER WEB SITE OR INTERNET RESOURCE.
10. No Commercial Use.
You may not resell, distribute, make any commercial use of (other than to keep and share information for your own purposes), use on a timeshare or service bureau basis, or use to operate a Web site or otherwise generate income from the Service.
11. Disclaimer of Warranties.
YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. ASOR EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE OR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT). ASOR MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ACCESS TO DATA (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DOCUMENTS, PHOTOGRAPHS) IS NOT GUARANTEED AND THAT ASOR SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OF DATA CAUSED BY THE SERVICE OR ITS UNAVAILABILITY. ASOR MAKES NO WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE, OR AS TO THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH THE SERVICE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL AND/OR INFORMATION DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE ARISING THEREFROM. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ASOR OR THROUGH THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN.
12. Limitation of Liability.
YOU UNDERSTAND THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL ASOR OR ITS OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, BOARD MEMBERS, OR TRUSTEES BE LIABLE UNDER ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE) FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF REVENUES, PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF SUCH PARTIES WERE ADVISED OF, KNEW OF OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE.
13. Exclusions And Limitations.
Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certain warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages. Accordingly, some of the above limitations and disclaimers may not apply to you. To the extent that ASOR may not, as a matter of applicable law, disclaim any implied warranty or limit its liabilities, the scope and duration of such warranty and the extent of ASOR’s liability shall be the minimum permitted under such applicable law.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless ASOR, its, officers, directors, employees, consultants, board members and trustees from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that such parties may incur as a result of or arising from your (or anyone using your account’s) violation of these Terms, including in connection with your User Submissions. ASOR reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with ASOR’s defense of such claim.
16. Copyrights; Restrictions on Use.
The content on the Site (the “Content”), including without limitation, video, text, photos, and graphics, is protected under United States and international copyright laws, is subject to other intellectual property and proprietary rights and laws, and is owned by ASOR or its licensors. Other than with respect to your own User Submissions: (a) the Content may not be copied, modified, reproduced, republished, posted, transmitted, sold, offered for sale, or redistributed in any way without the prior written permission of ASOR and its applicable licensors; and (b) you must abide by all copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in or attached to any Content.
These Terms constitute the entire and exclusive and final statement of the agreement between you and ASOR with respect to the subject matter hereof, and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements or negotiations between you and ASOR with respect to the subject matter hereof. These Terms and the relationship between you and ASOR shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of as applied to agreements made, entered into, and performed entirely therein, notwithstanding your actual place of residence. All lawsuits arising from or relating to these Terms or your use of the Service shall be brought in the Federal or State courts located therein, and you hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction of such courts for such purpose.
The failure of ASOR to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, you nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the intentions of ASOR and you as reflected in the provision, and that the other provisions of these Terms remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Services or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. The terms of Sections 2 and 11 through 17 of these Terms, as well as any other limitations on liability explicitly set forth herein, shall remain in full force and effect notwithstanding any termination of your use of the Service.
Dated: April 13, 2012
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