PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEB SITE. IT SETS FORTH BINDING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (“TERMS”) FOR YOUR USE OF THIS WEB SITE, SUCH AS YOUR GRANTS AND WAIVERS OF RIGHTS, THE LIMITATIONS OF OUR LIABILITY, YOUR INDEMNITY OF US, AND OUR ARBITRATION OF CERTAIN DISPUTES.
Welcome! You have arrived at 4HCenter.org and/or are otherwise interacting with the Web site (“Site”) owned and operated by the National 4‑H Council (“4‑H,”, or “we,” “our,” or “us”). By using this Site or by downloading any information from or by uploading any information to this Site, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set forth below. Additionally, this Site may contain other terms and conditions that govern particular features, offers, sales or products (“Additional Terms”). In the event that the terms and conditions set forth below conflict with any other terms and conditions contained in this Site, the terms and conditions set forth below shall control.
If you do not agree to abide by these terms and conditions, do not use this Site or download/upload Content.
Our Site and Our Rights
Our Site contains a variety of: (i) materials and other items relating to 4‑H and its products and services, and similar items from our licensors and other third parties, including all layout, information, articles, posts, text, data, files, images, scripts, designs, graphics, button icons, instructions, illustrations, photographs, audio clips, music, sounds, pictures, videos, advertising copy, URLs, technology, software, interactive features, the “look and feel” of the Site, and the compilation, assembly, and arrangement of the materials of the Site and any and all copyrightable material (including source and object code); (ii) trademarks, logos, trade names, trade dress, service marks, and trade identities of various parties, including those of 4‑H (collectively, “Trademarks”); and (iii) other forms of intellectual property (all of the foregoing, collectively “Content”).
The Site (including past, present, and future versions) and the Content are owned or controlled by 4‑H and our licensors and certain other third parties. All right, title, and interest in and to the Content available via the Site is the property of 4‑H or our licensors or certain other third parties, and is protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent and/or other intellectual property and unfair competition rights and laws to the fullest extent possible. 4‑H owns the copyright in the selection, compilation, assembly, arrangement, and enhancement of the Content on the Site.
4‑H may now or in the future offer users of the Site the opportunity to create, build, post, upload, display, publish, distribute, transmit, broadcast, or otherwise make available on or submit through the Site, or on or in response to our pages or posts on any third party platforms or in connection with any of our promotions by any media or manner, or otherwise submitted to us (e.g., on our Facebook or other social media pages, in response to our tweets, or by mail) (collectively, “submit”) messages, text, illustrations, files, images, graphics, photos, comments, responses, sounds, music, videos, information, content, ratings, reviews, data, questions, suggestions, personally identifiable information, or other information or materials and the ideas contained therein (collectively, but excluding any Content included therein, “User-Generated Content”). You may potentially be able to submit User-Generated Content through your profile, forums, blogs, message boards, social networking environments, content creation tools, gameplay, social communities, contact us tools, email, and other communications functionality. Subject to the rights and license you grant in these Terms, you are responsible for and retain whatever legally cognizable right, title, and interest that you have in your User-Generated Content.
Except as otherwise described in any applicable Additional Terms, which specifically govern the submission of your User-Generated Content, you hereby grant to 4‑H, and you agree to grant to 4‑H, the non-exclusive, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license to use, copy, record, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, re-sell, sublicense (through multiple levels), display, publicly perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, translate, make derivative works of, and otherwise use and exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your User-Generated Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats, on or through any means or medium now known or hereafter developed, and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed, and to advertise, market, and promote the same. Without limitation, the granted rights include the right to: (a) configure, host, index, cache, archive, store, digitize, compress, optimize, modify, reformat, edit, adapt, publish in searchable format, and remove such User-Generated Content and combine same with other materials, and (b) use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any User-Generated Content for any purposes whatsoever, including developing, producing, and marketing products and/or services. You understand that in exercising such rights metadata, notices and content may be removed or altered, including copyright management information, and you consent thereto and represent and warrant you have all necessary authority to do so.
In order to further effect the rights and license that you grant to 4‑H to your User-Generated Content, you also hereby grant to 4‑H, and agree to grant to 4‑H, the unconditional, perpetual, irrevocable right to use and exploit your name, persona, and likeness in connection with any User-Generated Content, and that of any other person depicted in or otherwise included in your User-Generated Content, without any obligation or remuneration to you or any other party. Except as prohibited by law, you hereby waive, and you agree to waive, any moral rights (including attribution and integrity) that you may have in any User-Generated Content, even if it is altered or changed in a manner not agreeable to you. To the extent not waivable, you irrevocably agree not to exercise such rights (if any) in a manner that interferes with any exercise of the granted rights. You understand that you will not receive any fees, sums, consideration, or remuneration for any of the rights granted in these Terms.
Upon 4‑H’s request, you will provide documentation necessary to authenticate rights to such content and verify your compliance with these Terms or any applicable Additional Terms. You acknowledge that the Internet and mobile communications, and digital storage, may be insecure and subject to breaches of security so that your User-Generated Content is submitted at your own risk and you agree to hold 4‑H harmless with respect thereto.
In your communications with 4‑H, please keep in mind that we do not seek any unsolicited ideas or materials for products or services, or even suggested improvements to products or services, including, without limitation, ideas, concepts, inventions, or designs for music, websites, apps, books, scripts, screenplays, motion pictures, television shows, theatrical productions, software or otherwise (collectively, “Unsolicited Ideas and Materials”). Any Unsolicited Ideas and Materials you submit are deemed User-Generated Content and licensed to us as set forth below. In addition, 4‑H retains all of the rights held by members of the general public with regard to your Unsolicited Ideas and Materials. 4‑H’s receipt of your Unsolicited Ideas and Materials is not an admission by 4‑H of their novelty, priority, or originality, and it does not impair 4‑H’s right to contest existing or future intellectual property rights relating to your Unsolicited Ideas and Materials.
4‑H may, but will not have any obligation to, review, monitor, display, post, store, maintain, accept, or otherwise make use of, any of your User-Generated Content, and 4‑H may, in its sole discretion, reject, delete, move, re-format, remove or refuse to post or otherwise make use of User-Generated Content without notice or any liability to you or any third party in connection with our operation of User-Generated Content venues in an appropriate manner. Without limitation, we may do so to address content that comes to our attention that we believe is offensive, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, violent, harassing, threatening, abusive, illegal or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate, or to enforce the rights of third parties or these Terms or any applicable Additional Terms. Such User-Generated Content submitted by you or others need not be maintained on the Site by us for any period of time and you will not have the right, once submitted, to access, archive, maintain, or otherwise use such User-Generated Content on the Site or elsewhere.
Your Rights and Your Duties
Subject to your strict compliance with these Terms and the Additional Terms, you are hereby granted a revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable, personal, limited right to download and copy (temporary storage only of web site content), display, view, use, play the Content on a personal computer, browser, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other wireless device, or other Internet-enabled device (each, a “Device”), and/or print one copy of the Content (excluding source and object code in raw form or otherwise) as it is displayed to you, in each case for your personal, non-commercial use only. The foregoing limited license authorization is not a transfer of title in the Content or copies of the Content and is subject to the following restrictions: (1) you must retain, on all copies of the Content downloaded, all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the Content; (2) you may not modify the Content in any way or reproduce or publicly display, perform, or distribute or otherwise use them for any public or commercial purpose without our prior written consent; and (3) you may not transfer the Content to any other person unless you give them notice of, and they agree to accept, the obligations arising under these terms and conditions of use.
We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable, non-assignable, personal, and non-transferable license to create hyperlinks to the Site, so long as: (a) the links only incorporate text, and do not use any Trademarks, (b) the links and the content on your website do not suggest any affiliation (unless otherwise authorized) with 4‑H or cause any other confusion, and (c) the links and the content on your website do not portray 4‑H or its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter, and do not contain content that is unlawful, offensive, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, violent, threatening, harassing, or abusive, or that violate any right of any third party or are otherwise objectionable to 4‑H. 4‑H reserves the right to suspend or prohibit linking to the Site for any reason, in its sole discretion, without advance notice or any liability of any kind to you or any third party.
You agree not to use the Site or Content (1) for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms and conditions, (2) in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, interrupt, or otherwise impair the operation of the Site in any way, and (3) in any manner which could interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site and Content. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Site, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Site, through hacking, password mining, or other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any Content through any means not intentionally made available through the Site. You may not upload any files that contain or otherwise introduce any viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, corrupted files, or any other software or programs that may damage the operation of the Site or any computer.
Each time you submit any User-Generated Content, you represent and warrant that you are at least the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which you reside and are the parent or legal guardian, or have all proper consents from the parent or legal guardian, of any minor who is depicted in or contributed to any User-Generated Content you submit, and that, as to that User-Generated Content, (a) you are the sole author and owner of the intellectual property and other rights to the User-Generated Content, or you have a lawful right to submit the User-Generated Content and grant 4‑H the rights to it that you are granting by these Terms and any Additional Terms, all without any 4‑H obligation to obtain consent of any third party and without creating any obligation or liability of 4‑H; (b) the User-Generated Content is accurate; (c) the User-Generated Content does not and, as to 4‑H’s permitted uses and exploitation set forth in these Terms and any applicable Additional Terms, will not infringe any intellectual property or other right of any third party; and (d) the User-Generated Content will not violate these Terms (including the Rules) or any applicable Additional Terms, or cause injury or harm to any person.
4‑H has no obligation to monitor or enforce your intellectual property rights to your User-Generated Content, but you grant us the right to protect and enforce our rights to your User-Generated Content, including by bringing and controlling actions in your name and on your behalf (at 4‑H’s cost and expense, to which you hereby consent and irrevocably appoint 4‑H as your attorney-in-fact, with the power of substitution and delegation, which appointment is coupled with an interest).
As a user of the Site, these Community Usage Rules (“Rules”) are here to help you understand the conduct that is expected of members of the Site’s online communities (“Communities”).
Your participation in the Communities is subject to all of the Terms, including these Rules:
- Your User-Generated Content. All of your User-Generated Content either must be original with you or you must have all necessary rights in it from third parties in order to permit you to comply with these Terms and any applicable Additional Terms. Your User-Generated Content should not contain any visible logos, phrases, or trademarks that belong to third parties. Do not use any User-Generated Content that belongs to other people and pass it off as your own; this includes any content that you might have found elsewhere on the Internet. If anyone contributes to your User-Generated Content or has any rights to your User-Generated Content, or if anyone appears or is referred to in the User-Generated Content, then you must also have their permission to submit such User-Generated Content to 4‑H. (For example, if someone has taken a picture of you and your friend, and you submit that photo to 4‑H as your User-Generated Content, then you must obtain your friend’s and the photographer’s permission to do so.)
- Speaking of Photos: No Pictures, Videos, or Images of Anyone Other Than You and Your Friends and Family. If you choose to submit photos to the Site, link to embedded videos, or include other images of real people, then make sure they are of you or of you and someone you know – and only if you have their express permission to submit it.
- Act Appropriately. All of your Site activities must be venue appropriate, as determined by us. Be respectful of others’ opinions and comments so we can continue to build Communities for everyone to enjoy. If you think your User-Generated Content might offend someone or be embarrassing to someone, then chances are it probably will and it doesn’t belong on the Site. Cursing, harassing, stalking, insulting comments, personal attacks, gossip, and similar actions are prohibited. Your User-Generated Content must not threaten, abuse, or harm others, and it must not include any negative comments that are connected to race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or physical handicap. Your User-Generated Content must not be defamatory, slanderous, indecent, obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit. Your User-Generated Content must not exploit children under the age of 18.
- Do Not Use for Commercial or Political Purposes. Your User-Generated Content must not advertise or promote a product or service or other commercial activity, or a politician, public servant, or law.
- Do Not Use to Solicit or Send Unwanted Communications. Do not harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of others from the Site by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications. Do not solicit personal information from anyone or solicit passwords or personally identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes. This also includes not uploading, posting, transmitting, sharing or otherwise making available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, solicitations, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation.
- Do Not Use for Inappropriate Purposes. Your User-Generated Content must not promote any infringing, illegal, or other similarly inappropriate activity.
- Be Honest and Do Not Misrepresent Yourself or Your User-Generated Content. Do not impersonate any other person, user, or company, and do not submit User-Generated Content that you believe may be false, fraudulent, deceptive, inaccurate, or misleading, or that misrepresents your identity or affiliation with a person or company.
- Others Can See. We hope that you will use the Communities to exchange information and content and have venue appropriate discussions with other members. However, please remember that the Communities are public or semi-public and User-Generated Content that you submit on the Site within a Community may be accessible and viewable by other users. Do not submit personally identifying information (e.g., first and last name together, password, phone number, address, credit card number, medical information, email address, or other personally identifiable information or contact information) on Community spaces and take care when disclosing this type of information to others.
- Don’t Share Other People’s Personal Content. Your User-Generated Content should not reveal another person’s address, phone number, email address, social security number, credit card number, medical information, financial information, or any other information that may be used to track, contact, or impersonate that individual, unless, and in the form and by the method, specifically requested by 4‑H (e.g., an email address to send an email invite to a friend).
- Don’t Damage the Site or Anyone’s Computers or Other Devices. Your User-Generated Content must not submit viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, or any other technologies or malicious code that could impact the operation of the Site or any computer or other Device.
If you submit User-Generated Content that 4‑H reasonably believes violates these Rules, then we may take any legally available action that we deem appropriate, in our sole discretion. However, we are not obligated to take any action not required by law. We may require, at any time, proof of the permissions referred to above in a form acceptable to us. Failure to provide such proof may lead to, among other things, the User-Generated Content in question being removed from the Site.
You are solely responsible for your interaction with other users of the Site, whether online or offline. We are not responsible or liable for the conduct or content of any user. We reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor or become involved in disputes between you and other users. Exercise common sense and your best judgment in your interactions with others (e.g., when you submit any personal or other information) and in all of your other online activities.
In using the Site, you must respect the intellectual property and other rights of 4‑H and others. Your unauthorized use of Content may violate copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, communications, and other laws, and any such use may result in your personal liability, including potential criminal liability. This Site, including all Content, is copyrighted and protected by worldwide copyright laws and treaty provisions, with which you agree to comply. You will not permit any unauthorized copying of the Content. Except as expressly provided herein, you are not granted any express or implied right under any patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secret information.
You agree to abide by all additional restrictions displayed on the Site as it may be updated from time to time. In some instances, we may permit you to have greater access to and use of Content, subject to certain Additional Terms. These Terms and any applicable Additional Terms include only narrow, limited grants of rights to Content and to use and access the Site. No right or license may be construed, under any legal theory, by implication, estoppel, industry custom, or otherwise. All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved by 4‑H and its licensors and other third parties. Any unauthorized use of any Content or the Site for any purpose is prohibited.
4‑H respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that your work has been infringed by means of an improper posting or distribution of it via the Site, then please see Procedure for Alleging Copyright Infringement below. If you discover any content that violates these Terms, then you may report it to us here.
If you register for any feature that requires a password and/or username, then you will select your own password at the time of registration (or we may send you an email notification with a randomly generated initial password) and you agree that: (i) You will not use a username (or email address) that is already being used by someone else, may impersonate another person, belongs to another person, violates the intellectual property or other right of any person or entity, or is offensive. We may reject the use of any password, username, or email address for any other reason in our sole discretion; (ii) You will provide true, accurate, current, and complete registration information about yourself in connection with the registration process and, as permitted, to maintain and update it (including on your profile page), continuously and promptly to keep it accurate, current, and complete; (iii) You are solely responsible for all activities that occur under your Account, password, and username – whether or not you authorized the activity; (iv) You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for restricting access to your Device so that others may not access any password protected portion of the Site using your name, username, or password; (v) You will immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your Account, password, or username, or any other breach of security; and (vi) You will not sell, transfer, or assign your Account or any Account rights.
We will not be liable for any loss or damage (of any kind and under any legal theory) to you or any third party arising from your inability or failure for any reason to comply with any of the foregoing obligations.
If any information that you provide, or if we have reasonable grounds to suspect that any information that you provide, is false, inaccurate, outdated, incomplete, or violates these Terms, any applicable Additional Terms, or any applicable law, then we may suspend or terminate your Account. We also reserve the more general and broad right to terminate your Account or suspend or otherwise deny you access to it or its benefits – all in our sole discretion, for any reason, and without advance notice or liability.
Procedure For Alleging Copyright Infringement
4‑H asks our users to respect the intellectual property rights of others. It is our policy to respond appropriately to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement, as set forth more fully below. In 4‑H’s sole discretion, 4‑H may remove content that may be infringing on another person’s intellectual property rights with or without notice to the potential infringer. In accordance with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable law, 4‑H has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances, users who are deemed to be repeat infringers.
If we remove or disable access in response to a DMCA Notice (as defined below), we will make a good faith attempt to contact the owner or administrator of the affected site or content so that they may make a counter-notification. If you own a copyright in a work (or represent such a copyright owner) and believe that your (or such owner’s) copyright in that work has been infringed by an improper posting or distribution of it via the Site, then you may send us a written notice that includes all of the following:
(i) a legend or subject line that says: “DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice”;
(ii) 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;
(iii) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing or is the subject of infringing activity is located that is reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material (please include the URL of the Site on which the material appears);
(iv) your full name, address, telephone number, and email address;
(v) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
(vi) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that all the information in your notice is accurate, and that you are the copyright owner (or, if you are not the copyright owner, then your statement must indicate that you are authorized to act on the behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed); and
(vii) your electronic or physical signature.
4‑H will only respond to DMCA Notices that it receives by mail, email, or facsimile at the addresses below:
National 4‑H Council
7100 Connecticut Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
By Email: http://4HCenter.org/contact/
By Facsimile: 1-301-961-2894
It is often difficult to determine if your copyright has been infringed. 4‑H may elect to not respond to DMCA Notices that do not substantially comply with all of the foregoing requirements, and 4‑H may elect to remove allegedly infringing material that comes to its attention via notices that do not substantially comply with the DMCA.
Please note that the DMCA provides that any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.
We may send the information that you provide in your notice to the person who provided the allegedly infringing work. That person may elect to send us a DMCA Counter-Notification.
Without limiting 4‑H’s other rights, 4‑H may, in appropriate circumstances, terminate a repeat infringer’s access to the Site and any other website owned or operated by 4‑H.
If access on the Site to a work that you submitted to 4‑H is disabled or the work is removed as a result of a DMCA Notice, and if you believe that the disabled access or removal is the result of mistake or misidentification, then you may send us a DMCA Counter-Notification to the addresses above. Your DMCA Counter-Notification should contain the following information:
(i) a legend or subject line that says: “DMCA Counter-Notification”;
(ii) a description of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled (please include the URL of the Site from which the material was removed or access to it disabled);
(iii) a statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;
(iv) your full name, address, telephone number, email address, and the username of your account;
(v) a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or, if the address is located outside the U.S.A., to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District of California), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided DMCA notification to us or an agent of such person; and
(vi) your electronic or physical signature.
Please note that the DMCA provides that any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.
If we receive a DMCA Counter-Notification, then we may replace the material that we removed (or stop disabling access to it) in not less than ten (10) and not more than fourteen (14) business days following receipt of the DMCA Counter-Notification. However, we will not do this if we first receive notice at the addresses above that the party who sent us the DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice has filed a lawsuit asking a court for an order restraining the person who provided the material from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on the Site. You should also be aware that we may forward the Counter-Notification to the party who sent us the DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice.
Third Party Sites/Links
As a convenience to you, links to Web sites operated by others may be provided to you. The Site may also contain or may interact with or otherwise be associated with third party platforms, services, plug-ins, applications, ads, tools and/or other content, and/or links to third-party websites or other services that are not owned, controlled or operated by 4‑H (collectively, “Third-Party Services”), including services operated by advertisers, licensors, licensees, e-commerce partners and certain other third parties who may have business relationships with 4‑H. This may include the ability to register or sign in to our Services using Facebook Connect or other third party tools, and to post content on third party sites and services using their plug-ins made available on our Site. We may also host our content, apps and tools on Third Party Services.
4‑H may have no control over the content, operations, policies, terms, or other elements of Third Party Services, and 4‑H does not assume any obligation to review any Third Party Services. 4‑H does not necessarily endorse, approve, or sponsor any Third Party Services, or any third-party content, advertising, information, materials, products, services, or other items. Furthermore, 4‑H is not responsible for the quality or delivery of the products or services offered, accessed, obtained by or advertised at such Third Party Services. Some Third Party Services may impose fees for access to their resources through our Site and/or your Account and you are responsible for all such fees.
Finally, we will under no circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental or special loss or other damage, whether arising from negligence, breach of contract, defamation, infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights, caused by the exhibition, distribution or exploitation of any information or content contained within these Third Party Services. Any activities you engage in connection with any of the same are subject to the privacy and other policies, terms and conditions of use and/or sale, and rules issued by the operator of the Third Party Services. 4‑H disclaims all liability in connection therewith.
Any interactions, correspondence, transactions, and other dealings that you have with any third parties found on or through the Site (including on or via Third Party Services or advertisements) are solely between you and the third party (including issues related to the content of third-party advertisements, payments, delivery of goods, warranties (including product warranties), privacy and data security, and the like). By logging into or enabling Third Party Services within or in connection with your Account, you are allowing us to pass your log-in information to these providers for this purpose. You hereby agree to indemnify 4‑H against all claims, injury and/or damages including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees, that arise out of your use of any Third Party Service, including without limitation from any material that you post on any forum or social networking site in connection with us and/or any other claim related to your use of social media.
You hereby grant 4‑H an irrevocable perpetual license to use, reproduce, edit, create derivative works from, distribute, display, copy, transmit or otherwise use in any way, commercially or otherwise, any material that you post to any social networking site or other Third Party Service in connection with us or our Service.
Binding Arbitration. Except as specifically stated herein, you agree that any disputes, actions, and claims relating to your use of the Service and all matters arising out of or related to the Agreement and any applicable Additional Terms (collectively “Disputes” or a “Dispute”) shall be resolved exclusively by final binding arbitration, except that you may assert claims in small claims court in the county of your residence or in Chevy Chase, Maryland, if your claims qualify. The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its rules, including the AAA’s Consumer Arbitration Rules. All of the AAA’s rules are available at www.adr.org, and the rules governing consumer disputes are available at www.adr.org/consumer. The AAA’s rules, including the rules governing consumer disputes, are also available by calling 1-800-778-7879. You may initiate arbitration by utilizing the forms available on www.adr.org. If you have any difficulty initiating arbitration, you may call the AAA at 800-778-7879. You and 4‑H are each giving up the right to have disputes resolved in court before a judge and/or jury (except as stated otherwise in this Dispute Resolution Section). The provisions of this Dispute Resolution Section constitute your and Big Lots’ written agreement for resolving Disputes, including the agreement to arbitrate Disputes under the Federal Arbitration Act (“Dispute Agreement”). The most current version of this Dispute Agreement in effect when any Dispute arises shall govern resolution of any Dispute.
Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees (“Arbitration Fees”) will be governed by the AAA’s rules. You agree to commence arbitration only in your county of residence or in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The arbitration will be conducted based on written submissions unless you request a phone or in-person hearing, or the arbitrator determines that a phone or in-person hearing is necessary. The arbitrator may only award those damages and relief as a court could, and must follow the terms and conditions of the Agreement and this Dispute Agreement.
Limited Time To File Claims. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IF YOU OR WE WANT TO ASSERT A DISPUTE (BUT NOT AN EXCLUDED DISPUTE) AGAINST THE OTHER, THEN YOU OR WE MUST COMMENCE IT (BY DELIVERY OF WRITTEN NOTICE AS SET FORTH IN THIS DISPUTE RESOLUTION SECTION WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE DISPUTE ARISES – OR IT WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
Injunctive Relief. The foregoing provisions of this Dispute Resolution Section will not apply to any legal action taken by 4‑H to seek an injunction or other equitable relief in connection with, any loss, cost, or damage (or any potential loss, cost, or damage) relating to the Site, any Content, your User-Generated Content and/or 4‑H’s intellectual property rights (including such 4‑H may claim that may be in dispute), 4‑H’s operations, and/or 4‑H’s products or services.
No Class Action Matters. Disputes will be arbitrated only on an individual basis and will not be joined or consolidated with any other arbitrations or other proceedings that involve any claim or controversy of any other party. YOU AND 4‑H AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. There shall be no right or authority for any Dispute to be arbitrated on a class action basis or on any basis involving Disputes brought to a purported representative capacity on behalf of the general public, or other persons or entities similarly situated. But if, for any reason, any court with competent jurisdiction holds that this restriction is unconscionable or unenforceable, then our agreement in this Dispute Resolution Section to arbitrate will not apply and the Dispute must be brought exclusively in court pursuant to this Dispute Resolution Section. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Dispute Resolution Section, any and all issues relating to the scope, interpretation and enforceability of this Dispute Resolution Section, including the class action waiver provisions contained herein, are to be decided only by a court of competent jurisdiction, and not by the arbitrator.
Federal and State Courts in Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Maryland. Except to the extent that arbitration is required in this Dispute Resolution Section, and except as to the enforcement of any arbitration decision or award, any action or proceeding relating to any Dispute or Excluded Dispute may only be instituted in state or Federal court in Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Maryland. Accordingly, you and 4‑H consent to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of such courts for such matters.
Small Claims Matters Are Excluded From Arbitration Requirement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either of us may bring qualifying claim of Disputes (but not Excluded Disputes) in small claims court, subject to this Dispute Resolution Section.
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Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL WE, OR ANY OF OUR AFFILIATES OR SUBSIDIARIES, BE LIABLE TO ANY ENTITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LOSS OF USE, LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION OR PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA ON YOUR INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM) ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE CONTENT, INFORMATION, AND FUNCTIONS OF THE SITE OR ANY LINKED WEBSITE; EVEN IF SUCH PARTY IS EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE SITE OR THE INFORMATION, YOU’RE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE AND CONTENT.
Waiver of Injunctive or Other Equitable Relief
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE INCURRED ANY LOSS, DAMAGES, OR INJURIES IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE, THEN THE LOSSES, DAMAGES, AND INJURIES WILL NOT BE DEEMED IRREPARABLE OR SUFFICIENT TO ENTITLE YOU TO AN INJUNCTION OR TO OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF OF ANY KIND. THIS MEANS THAT, IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR CLAIM, YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT SEEK, AND THAT YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN, ANY COURT OR OTHER ACTION THAT MAY INTERFERE WITH OR PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OR EXPLOITATION OF ANY WEBSITE, APPLICATION, CONTENT, USER-GENERATED CONTENT, PRODUCT, SERVICE, OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OWNED, LICENSED, USED OR CONTROLLED BY 4‑H OR A LICENSOR OF 4‑H.
Compliance with Laws
It is the intention of 4‑H to comply with all applicable laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations (including without limitation those governing unfair competition, antitrust, intellectual property and false advertising) regarding the use of the Site, the placing of bids on or purchase of goods or services through the Site, and downloading/uploading of Content. The operation of the Site is not intended to facilitate collusion or other illegal agreements among competitors or acts that would violate a third party’s copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights or confuse or deceive consumers. Accordingly, each user hereby represents and warrants that it does not intend to and will not use the Site to violate antitrust, copyright, trademark, consumer protection or other laws.
International Users and Choice of Law
This Site is controlled, operated and administered from the United States of America. We make no representation that Content at this site is appropriate or available for use at locations outside of the United States and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. You may not use the Site or export the Content in violation of U. S. export laws and regulations. If you access this Site from a location outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. Unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing, these Terms and Conditions of use shall be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions.
Changes to these Terms
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove any of these terms and conditions, in whole or in part, at any time. Changes will be effective when notice of such change is posted on the Site. Your continued use of the Site after any changes are posted will be considered acceptance of those changes. We may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site, including the availability of any features of the Site, at any time. We may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Site without notice or liability. We may terminate the authorization, rights and license given above and, upon such termination, you shall immediately destroy all Content and copies thereof.