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This Website (www.societyforscience.org) and its contents are the property of the Society for Science & the Public (“SSP”).  This web page states the “Terms of Use” for the use of the www.societyforscience.org website (the "Website").  Please also review our Privacy Policy. By using this Website, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use.  SSP may revise these Terms of Use at any time by updating this posting.  The terms “You” and “User” are used to refer to anyone who is accessing this Website. If you are using the Website on behalf of a company or other legal entity, such entity may have a separate agreement with SSP, but you are nevertheless individually bound by these terms.


Copyright and Proprietary Rights

Copyright protects original works of authorship, including literary works, commercial and non-commercial works, pictorial and graphic works and other intellectual property.  Works that are created and fixed in print, electronic, fax, CD-ROM, and other formats, including electronic mail, now known or developed hereafter are protected by copyright.  Information received from or posted on the Internet is not free to be reproduced or transmitted to others without appropriate permission or without a license agreement from the author if your use is beyond a fair use a determined under the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code).  Copyright notices are not required by law, so if you do not see a copyright notice on any item, do not assume that it is free to use or transmit to others.

The entire contents of this Website, including the text, graphics, images, logos, button icons, HTML code, and other “material: are copyrighted by SSP under the copyright laws of the United States. User agrees not to remove or obscure copyright notices appearing on this website.  SSP grants no copyright or ownership interests to User for any of the material and proprietary information referred to herein belonging to SSP. Permission to use content on this Website may be granted in special circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Please direct any request to use content to webmaster@societyforscience.org. Below are selected permitted and prohibited uses of SSP material that is posted at this website.

Permitted Uses of Materials

Anyone who is doing personal, noncommercial research may view, print material, and temporarily store materials from this Website, provided that SSP’s copyright notices are not removed and that the reuse of material does not conflict with any of the prohibited uses below.
Others may view, print material, and temporarily store materials from this Website for internal use only provided that copying fees are paid to the Copyright Clearance Center for printing of files beyond that permitted by Section 107 or 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act, and that SSP’s copyright notices are not removed and that the reuse of material does not conflict with any of the prohibited uses below.
A link or links may be made to any document or location at this Website, provided that the link does not bypass any license agreement or lead to any secure areas on this site for which a fee has been assessed.

Prohibited Uses of Materials

Except for the permitted uses above, User agrees not to reproduce, distribute, transmit (via print, fax, electronic, or other means), modify, alter, or create derivative works of the materials contained in this Website without prior written permission from SSP.
User agrees that materials may not be sold to third parties without prior written authorization from SSP.
User agrees that materials may not be systematically stored on a server so as to substitute for the purchase of a subscription and/or license agreement to/for the materials.
Name and Logo

User agrees not to use the name of SSP or its logo for any promotional or commercial purpose or any other purpose without the prior written consent of SSP.

Prohibited Uses of Website

User agrees not to post any false or inaccurate biographical information, delete or change any information posted by another person, and share User’s password with any third-party. User agrees not to do anything that interferes with the proper working ability of this Website. This includes activity that can overload this Website’s infrastructure, use of software or other device other than that which is available from SSP, and tampering with the software that makes up this Website, and destroying or changing information posted by any other person. User agrees to comply with all applicable laws, as well as with these Terms of Use. User agrees not to engage in any unlawful or commercial activity on this Website. User agrees not to post material that is copyrighted without first obtaining proper written consent from the copyright owner.

User Submissions

By posting information and material on this Website, User must grant, and User actually grants by agreeing to these Terms of Use, a world-wide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, unlimited, assignable, sub-licenseable, fully paid up, and non-exclusive right to use this information and material for any purpose.  User grants any other user the right to access, display, view, store, and reproduce this information and material solely for their personal use.  In addition, by posting information on the Website, User grants any other user the right to access, display, view, store, and reproduce this material solely for their personal use.  By submitting any information to SSP, you represent and warrant that the submission is accurate to your best knowledge, not confidential, and not in violation of any contractual restrictions or other third party rights. SSP does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of communications, information and materials posted by users or endorse any opinions expressed by users.  User acknowledges that any reliance on information or material posted by other users will be at your own risk. SSP is under no obligation to to exercise control over any content you or others submit when using the website.

Registration and Password

Users are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their information and password.  User is responsible for all use associated with User’s registration and the compliance with all Terms of Use.  User agrees to immediately notify SSP of any unauthoirzed use of your password or account or any other breach of security.

Privacy Statement

SSP will use reasonable efforts to ensure that the information you provide remains private, and is used only for the purposes stated below. For more information on the SSP website privacy policy please visit www.societyforscience.org/privacy.html.

Collected Information

This Website collects information about the users of this Website in order assist in determining which parts of this Website visitors find most valuable.  This allows SSP to continually improve the services this Website provides.  User identities remain anonymous unless the User provides this information as a part of User’s registration.  SSP uses your IP address to help diagnose problems with this Website’s servers and to administer this Website.
Users may use the Website without registering, but registration must occur in order to use any of the personalized web services.  The  registration form requires specific contact information, including name and e-mail address. The customer contact information is used to learn more about our users and to contact users when necessary.  Unique identifiers (such as user IDs and passwords) are collected to verify the user's identity and for use as account numbers in our record system.

E-mail Communications

SSP communicates with its users by e-mail for specific web-related functions, such as password reminders.  Users who register with this Website have the option of receiving occasional e-mails from SSP about new features and items of interest.  SSP does not release User’s email addresses to outside organizations.


This Website uses a cookie (a small file that a web browser places on a computer’s hard drive) to identify the user to SSP.  This Website does not use cookies to collect any personal information about users and does not sell or make them available to other organizations.

Privacy Policy Updates

Any changes to our privacy policy will be posted here so that users will know what information SSP gathers, how SSP might use that information, and whether SSP will disclose it to anyone.

Termination of Account

SSP reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to pursue all of its legal remedies, including, but not limited to deletion of User’s postings from this Website and immediate termination of User’s registration with this Website or ability to access this Website and/or any other service provided to User by SSP, upon any breach by User of these Terms of Use or if SSP is unable to verify or authenticate any information User submits to this Website for registration.  SSP shall not be liable to User nor any third party for any termination of User's account or access to the Website.

Waiver of Liability

SSP does not screen or censor User-generated content made available on this Website.  SSP shall not be liable for any content posted on this website.  User assumes all risks associated with dealing with other users with whom User comes in contact through this Website.  Should a dispute arise between User and another user, User hereby agrees to release SSP from all claims, demand, and damages associated with such a dispute. In no event shall SSP or any third parties mentioned on this website be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages, lost profits or damages resulting from lost data or business interuption) resulting from the use or inability to use this website and the material, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and whether or not SSP is advised of the possibility of such damages.

No Warranties

The content that is posted on this website may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors.  SSP makes no warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of this website, the material or other posted content, services, software, text, graphics, and links. This website and material are provided on an “as is” basis without any warranties of any kind. SSP disclaims all warranties, whether express or implied, including the warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and infringement of copyright to the fullest extent permitted by law. SSP does not warrant that this website will operate error-free or that this website and its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful mechanisms. if your use of this website or the material results in the need for servicing or replacing equipment or data, SSP is not responsible for those costs.

Links to Other Sites

This Website may contain links to third-party websites.  These links are provided solely as a convenience to User and not as an endorsement by SSP of the third-party or the contents of such third-party websites.  Because we do not have any control over such third-party websites, SSP is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites and does not make any representations regarding the content or accuracy of materials on such third-party websites.  Linking to third-party websites is performed at User’s own risk.


User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless SSP, its officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation reasonable legal fees, resulting from your use of this Website or your breach of the Terms of Use, including without limitation, your submission of content that violates third party rights or applicable law.  SSP shall provide notice to User promptly of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall assist User, at User’s expense, in defending any such claim, suit or proceeding.

Foreign Access

If User accesses this Website from outside the United States, User does so at User’s own risk.  User agrees to comply with all apllicable local rules and laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.

Governing Law

These Terms of Use are governed by laws of the District of Columbia.  Jurisdiction for any claims arising under these Terms of Use shall lie exclusively with the state or federal courts within the District of Columbia.  If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect.  No waiver of any term of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term.


Users are prohibited from violating or attempting to violate the security of this Website.  This Website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under SSP’s control.  Please see our Privacy Policy for further details concerning the Website's privacy practices.

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