1. Proprietary Rights.
As between you and us, we own, solely and exclusively, all right, title and interest in and to the Site, all the content (including, for example, audio, photographs, illustrations, graphics, other visuals, video, copy, text, software, titles, etc.), code, data and materials used in connection with the Site (collectively, “Content”), the look and feel, design and organization of the Site, and the compilation of the content, code, data and materials on the Site, including but not limited to any copyrights, trademarks, patents, databases, moral rights and other intellectual property and proprietary rights therein. Your use of the Site does not grant you ownership of any content, code, data or materials you may access on or through the Site.
2. Limited License.
You may access and view the Content on the Site on your computer or other device. Use of the Site is only for your personal, non-commercial use. We may make available on the Site certain educational videos, exercises, and related supplementary materials that are owned by us or our third-party licensors (the “Licensed Educational Content”). VM grants to you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable right to access and use the Licensed Educational Content as made available on the Site by VM solely for your personal, non-commercial purposes. Unless expressly indicated on the Site that a particular item of Licensed Educational Content is made available under alternate license terms, you may not download, distribute, sell, lease, modify, or otherwise provide access to the Licensed Educational Content to any third party.
3. Prohibited Use.
Any commercial or promotional use, distribution, reproduction or other exploitation of the Site, or any content, code, data or materials on the Site, is strictly prohibited unless you have received express prior written permission from us. Other than as expressly allowed herein, you may not download, post, display, publish, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, modify, perform, broadcast, transfer, create derivative works from, sell or otherwise exploit any content, code, data or materials on or available through the Site. You further agree that you may not alter, edit, delete, remove, otherwise change the meaning or appearance of, or repurpose, any of the content, code, data, or other materials on or available through the Site, including, without limitation, the alteration or removal of any copyright management information, trademarks, trade names, logos, service marks, or any other proprietary content or proprietary rights notices. You acknowledge that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any content, code, data or other materials available on or through the Site by downloading or otherwise accessing any material from or through the Site. If you make any unauthorized use of the Site, or the Content thereon or available through the Site, except as otherwise provided above, you may violate copyright and other laws of the United States, other countries, as well as applicable state laws and may be subject to liability for such unauthorized use.
The Licensed Educational Content is intended for personal, non-commercial use only. Without limiting the foregoing, the Licensed Educational Content may not be used, distributed or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose, commercial advantage or private monetary compensation, unless otherwise previously agreed in writing by VM. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following are types of uses that VM expressly defines as falling outside of “non-commercial” use:
- The sale or rental of (a) any part of the Licensed Educational Content, (b) any derivative works based at least in part on the Licensed Educational Content, or (c) any collective work that includes any part of the Licensed Educational Content;
- providing training, support, or editorial services that use or reference the Licensed Educational Content in exchange for a fee; and
- the sale of advertisements, sponsorships, or promotions placed on the Licensed Educational Content, or any part thereof, or the sale of advertisements, sponsorships, or promotions on any website or blog containing any part of the Licensed Educational Material, including without limitation any “pop-up advertisements”.
Whether a particular use of the Licensed Educational Content is “non-commercial” depends on the use, not the user. Thus, a use of the Licensed Educational Content that does not require payment of fees and that does not provide an entity with a commercial advantage is “non-commercial,” even if this use is by a commercial entity. Conversely, any use that involves charging a fee in connection with access to the Licensed Educational Content is not “non-commercial,” even if this use is by a non-profit entity. As an example, a for-profit corporation’s use of the Licensed Educational Content for internal professional development or training of employees is permitted, so long as the corporation charges no fees, directly or indirectly, for such use. However, a non-profit entity’s use of the Licensed Educational Content in connection with a fee-based training, workshop or educational program is NOT “non-commercial” and is not permitted.
You warrant and agree that, while using the Site, you shall not: (a) impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your affiliation with any other person or entity; (b) insert your own or a third party’s advertising, branding or other promotional content into any of the Site’s content, materials or services, or use, redistribute, republish or exploit such content or service for any further commercial or promotional purposes; or (c) attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems through the Site.
You shall not: (i) engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of email or other addresses, contact or personal information, or any other automatic means of obtaining lists of users or other information from or through the Site, including without limitation any information residing on any server or database connected to the Site; (ii) obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to VM’s computer systems, materials or information through any means; (iii) use the Site in any manner with the intent to interrupt, damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site, including, without limitation, sending mass unsolicited messages or “flooding” servers with requests; (iv) use the Site in violation of our or any third party’s intellectual property or other proprietary or legal rights; or (v) use the Site in violation of any applicable law. You further agree that you shall not attempt (or encourage or support anyone else’s attempt) to circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere with the Site, or any content thereof, or make any unauthorized use thereof. You agree that you shall not use the Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site.
The trademarks, logos, service marks, trade dress and trade names (collectively the “Trademarks”) displayed or used on the Site or on content available through the Site are our registered and unregistered Trademarks and may not be used in a manner likely to cause customer confusion, or in any manner that disparages, tarnishes or discredits VM or its respective rights holders. All Trademarks not owned by us that appear on the Site, if any, are the property of their respective owners. Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Site without our written permission or permission of any third party that owns the applicable Trademark. Your misuse of the Trademarks displayed on the Site is strictly prohibited.
5. Affiliate Partnerships.
We participate in affiliate marketing and may allow affiliate links to be encoded on some of our pages. For example, the Site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This means that we may earn a commission when you click on or make purchases via affiliate links, though regardless of our affiliate relationships, all Products mentioned on the Site are independently chosen by the Site’s editors.
6. User Information.
7. Submitted Materials.
Unless specifically requested, we do not solicit nor do we wish to receive any confidential, secret or proprietary information or other material from you through the Site, by email or in any other way. Please do not send your unsolicited ideas or original materials (e.g., creative artwork, samples, demos or other works) to VM or anyone at VM, or post such material on the Site.
If, despite this request, you still send us your ideas and materials (or post them on the Site), please understand that any information, creative works, demos, ideas, suggestions, concepts, methods, systems, designs, plans, techniques or other materials submitted or sent to us (including, for example and without limitation, those which you submit or post to our message boards, survey responses, comment areas on Site content, and/or our blogs, or send to us via email (“Submitted Materials”)) will be deemed not to be confidential or secret, and may be used by us in any manner, without credit or attribution to you. By submitting or sending Submitted Materials to us, you: (i) represent and warrant that the Submitted Materials are original to you, that no other party has any rights thereto, and that any “moral rights” in Submitted Materials have been waived, and (ii) you grant us a royalty-free, unrestricted, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully transferable, assignable and sublicensable (through many levels) right and license to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and incorporate in other works any Submitted Materials (in whole or part) in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional and/or commercial purposes, with no compensation to you. We cannot be responsible for maintaining or returning any Submitted Material that you provide to us, and we may delete or destroy any such Submitted Material at any time.
8. Public Forums and User Generated Content.
We may, from time to time, make bulletin boards, message boards, comment areas on Site content, other forums and other such services available on or through the Site. In addition to any other rules or regulations that we may post in connection with a particular service or feature of the Site, you agree that you shall not upload, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish through the Site or any service or feature made available on or through the Site, any materials which (i) restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Site or the Site’s services, (ii) are fraudulent, unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent, (iii) constitute or encourage conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law, (iv) violate, plagiarize or infringe the rights of third parties including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, contract, patent, rights of privacy or publicity or any other proprietary right, (v) contain a virus, spyware, or other harmful component, (vi) contain embedded links, advertising, chain letters or pyramid schemes of any kind, or (vii) constitute or contain false or misleading indications of origin, endorsement or statements of fact. You further agree not to impersonate any other person or entity, whether actual or fictitious, including us or our personnel. You also may not offer to buy or sell any product or service on or through your comments submitted to our forums. You alone are responsible for the content and consequences of any of your activities.
If you believe that information remains on the Site that violates your rights, your sole remedy shall be against the person responsible for posting or storing it, not against us. In the event you have a dispute with one or more users, you release us from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.
By submitting any content or information to the Site, including on message boards, forums, contests and chat rooms, you grant us and our affiliates a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive worldwide license (through multiple layers) to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, communicate to the public, perform and display (either publicly or by digital audio transmission) the content or information (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, subject to our Privacy Statement with respect to your Information (as defined in the Privacy Statement). You also warrant that the holder of any rights in such content has completely and effectively waived all such rights and validly and irrevocably granted to you the right to grant the license stated above.
9. Right to Monitor and Editorial Control.
10. Private or Sensitive Information on Public Forums.
It is important to remember that comments submitted to a forum or interactive area may be recorded and stored in multiple places, both on our Site and elsewhere on the Internet. Such comments are likely to be accessible online for a long time and you have no control over who will read or copy them over time. It is therefore important that you are careful about the personal information that you disclose about yourself and others, and in particular, you should not disclose sensitive, embarrassing, proprietary or confidential information in your comments to our public interactive forums.
11. Linking to the Site.
You are not permitted to link directly to any content hosted on the Site, such as using an “in-line” linking method, to cause the image hosted by us to be displayed on another site. You agree not to download or use images hosted on this Site on another website, for any purpose, without our express written permission. You agree not to link from any other website to this Site in any manner such that the Site, or any page of the Site, is “framed,” surrounded or obfuscated by any third party content, materials or branding. We reserve all of our rights under the law to insist that any link to the Site be discontinued, and to revoke your right to link to the Site from any other website at any time upon written notice to you.
13. Third Party Sites.
You may be able to link from the Site to third party websites and third party websites may link to the Site (“Linked Sites”). You acknowledge and agree that we have no responsibility for the information, content, products, services, advertising, code or other materials which may or may not be provided by or through Linked Sites. Unless we explicitly endorse a particular product of service, Links to Linked Sites do not constitute an endorsement or sponsorship by us of such websites or the information, content, products, services, advertising, code or other materials presented on or through such websites. We do not represent or warrant that the content of any third party website is accurate, compliant with state or federal law, or compliant with copyright or other intellectual property laws. We cannot guarantee the standards of any website to which links are provided on this Site nor shall we be held responsible for the contents of such sites, or any subsequent links. Any reliance on the contents of a third party website is done solely at your own risk. Furthermore, your participation, correspondence or business dealings with any third party found on or through our Site, regarding processing payment, shipping orders, providing order status information (such as confirmation and shipping status), ordering and stocking inventory, processing returns and chargebacks, refunds and credits, insuring shipments, delivering digital goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, representations or warranties associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. You agree that we shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or other matters of any sort incurred as the result of such dealings.
14. Copyright Agent.
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you will need to send us a written communication that includes substantially the following (please consult your legal counsel or see Section 512(c)(3) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to confirm these requirements):
Your address, telephone number, and email address;
A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
A description of where the alleged infringing material is located;
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;
An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; and
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 are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
VM has designated a Copyright Agent in accordance with the DMCA to accept notice of claims of copyright infringement, or counter-notices. VM’s Copyright Agent can be reached as follows:
PO Box 835, West Barnstable, MA 02668
Any notification by a copyright owner or a person authorized to act on its behalf that fails to comply with requirements of the DMCA shall not be considered sufficient notice and shall not be deemed to confer upon VM actual knowledge of facts or circumstances from which infringing material or acts are evident.
If you believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed against you, the DMCA permits you to send to a counter-notice to VM’s Copyright Agent.
Also, be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.
15. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES.
THE SITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS AND MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE SITE, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” “AS AVAILABLE,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY FOR INFORMATION, DATA, DATA PROCESSING, UPTIME OR UNINTERRUPTED ACCESS, ANY WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY, USEABILITY, ACCURACY, PRECISION, CORRECTNESS, COMPLETENESS, OR USEFULNESS, AND ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND WE HEREBY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, EXPRESS AND IMPLIED. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICES, CONTENT, FUNCTIONS OR MATERIALS PROVIDED THROUGH THE SITE WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED. NO ADVICE, RESULTS OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. WE ALSO ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR EQUIPMENT ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN THE SITE OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO CONTENT, OR AUDIO CONTENT FROM THE SITE. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE.
WE TRY TO ENSURE THAT THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THE SITE IS CORRECT AND UP-TO-DATE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR MAKE CORRECTIONS TO ANY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE AT ANY TIME AND WITHOUT ANY PRIOR WARNING. WE NEITHER ENDORSE NOR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY OPINION, ADVICE OR STATEMENT ON THE SITE, NOR FOR ANY OFFENSIVE, DEFAMATORY, OBSCENE, INDECENT, UNLAWFUL OR INFRINGING POSTING MADE THEREON BY ANYONE OTHER THAN OUR AUTHORIZED EMPLOYEE SPOKESPERSONS WHILE ACTING IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, OTHER USERS OF THE SITE). IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND USEFULNESS OF ANY INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE. PLEASE SEEK THE ADVICE OF PROFESSIONALS, AS APPROPRIATE, REGARDING THE EVALUATION OF ANY SPECIFIC INFORMATION, OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT.
WITHOUT LIMITATION OF THE ABOVE IN THIS SECTION, WE AND OUR SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ORDERED OR PROVIDED VIA THE SITE, AND HEREBY DISCLAIM, AND YOU HEREBY WAIVE, ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES AND REPRESENTATIONS MADE IN PRODUCT OR SERVICES LITERATURE, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS DOCUMENTS AND OTHERWISE ON THE SITE OR IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH US OR OUR AGENTS. ANY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ORDERED OR PROVIDED VIA THE SITE ARE PROVIDED BY US “AS IS,” EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT, IF AT ALL, OTHERWISE SET FORTH IN A LICENSE OR SALE AGREEMENT SEPARATELY ENTERED INTO IN WRITING BETWEEN YOU AND US OR OUR LICENSOR OR SUPPLIER.
16. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
IN NO EVENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL WE, ANY OF OUR DIRECTORS, ADVISORS, OFFICERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR CONTENT OR SERVICE PROVIDERS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “PROTECTED ENTITIES”) BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING FROM, OR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO, THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE SITE OR THE CONTENT, MATERIALS AND FUNCTIONS RELATED THERETO, YOUR PROVISION OF INFORMATION VIA THE SITE, OR LOST BUSINESS OR LOST SALES, EVEN IF SUCH PROTECTED ENTITY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO CERTAIN USERS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PROTECTED ENTITIES BE LIABLE FOR OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, EXCHANGED OR RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON ON OR THROUGH THE SITE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF THE PROTECTED ENTITIES TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR TORT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OR YOUR USE OF THE SITE EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, THE AMOUNT, IF ANY, PAID BY YOU TO US FOR YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS VIA THE SITE.
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17. Applicable Laws.
We control and operate the Site from the United States of America. We do not represent that materials on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access the Site from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. All parties to these terms and conditions waive their respective rights to a trial by jury.