Website Terms of Use

Last Updated: June 3, 2011

By using the Connections Academy Website www.ConnectionsAcademy.com/quizbowl (the "Website") and the text, graphics, illustrations, and icons, you (hereinafter referred to as the "User" or "Users") agree to not to appropriate the Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. If the User is a minor, his/her parent/guardian shall be responsible for such minor and shall ensure that the minor adheres to the provisions herein.

Connections Academy reserves the right to change these Terms of Use at any time. The most current version is always available by clicking on the "Terms of Use" link located at the bottom of the Website's home page. Any changes to these Terms of Use will become effective as soon as they are posted to the Website.

By using the Website, the User agrees to these Terms of Use, which are in effect at the time of use. If you, the User do not agree to these Terms of Use, please do not use the Website.

Permitted Use

The Website is to be used only for the purpose of entertainment. The User agrees that User is only permitted to visit, use, view, or retain a copy of the pages in the Website for User's own use.

Users shall abide by all notices, restrictions, terms and information in any content accessed through the Website. Users shall ensure that they do not remove, obscure, or alter the content in any way. Users cannot modify, publish, sub-license, rent, create derivative works from, display, or in any way exploit any of the content or features in the Website, in whole or in part, without prior written consent from Connections Academy. Users may not reproduce, copy, or redistribute any of the content for commercial purposes. Users do not own any rights to any of the content contained in the Website, and shall at all times be subject to the United States Intellectual Property Laws.

User acknowledges and agrees that all of the information available in the Website is protected by various copyrights, trademarks, service marks, or other rights and laws and may only be used as permitted by law. All Users are fully responsible for their own use of the Website and for ensuring such use does not infringe on anyone's proprietary rights.

Copyright

The contents of the Website are copyrighted materials owned or controlled by Connections Academy, LLC, or the third party vendor credited as the provider of the content and contain Connections Academy's or the third party vendor's name, trademarks, service marks, or trade names. The content is intended for the personal, non-commercial use of individuals accessing the Website and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed or modified in any way without the express written consent of Connections Academy. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(2), Connections Academy's designated agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement in connection with the Website is: Legal at legal@connectionseducation.com. To file a notice of infringement with Connections Academy, the requirements specified in Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 must be fulfilled. The text of this statute can be found at the U.S. Copyright Office Website, http://www.copyright.gov/.

Trademarks

The Website contains trademarks and service marks of Connections Academy and of third parties, and their marks may only be used in accordance with these Terms of Use, as permitted by law, and with the permission of the owner. For permission to use the Connections Academy name or logo, any Connections Academy marks, or to obtain information on the third party owner, contact legal@connectionseducation.com. Any use of any Connections Academy marks without the express written consent of Connections Academy, and any use of the Connections Academy name or logo without entering into the Connections Academy Trademark Agreement, are strictly prohibited.

Privacy Protection for Children

The Website is not intended or structured to attract children under the age of thirteen (13), except under the guidance and supervision of an adult. A parent or guardian must provide consent in order for any child under the age of 13 to provide personal information to the Website and for Connections Academy to use that information. The Website does not knowingly collect any personal information from children under 13.

Links

The Website may contain links to other web sites or other resources that are provided for User's convenience. Except for www.connectionsacademy.com these linked sites are not under the control of Connections Academy, and Connections Academy is not responsible for the content available on third party linked sites or for the content of other linked sites contained on any such third party site.

All links to the Website must be approved in writing by Connections Academy. Users shall direct any concerns regarding such links within the Website to legal@connectionseducation.com.

Warranty and Other Disclaimers

Connections Academy is committed to ensuring the accuracy of all information included on the Website, subject to the following limitations:

Information on the Website is not promised or guaranteed to be correct, current, or complete, and may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. Connections Academy assumes no responsibility (and expressly disclaims responsibility) for updating this site to keep information current or to ensure the accuracy or completeness of any posted information. Accordingly, the User should confirm the accuracy and completeness of all posted information before making any decision related to any services, products, or other matters described in the Website.

Connections Academy does not warrant that the functional aspects of the Website will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that the Website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. Connections Academy is not responsible for any damages or injury caused by any error, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence, or under any other cause of action.

The User acknowledges that Connections Academy is not liable for any defamatory, offensive, infringing, or illegal materials or conduct, or such materials or conduct of third parties contained on the Website, and Connections Academy reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions and remove any materials from the Website without liability.

Disclaimer of Warranty

USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT THE USER'S OWN RISK. ALL MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS," WITH NO WARRANTIES OR GUARANTEES WHATSOEVER. CONNECTIONS ACADEMY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, AND OTHER WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES, OR REPRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS. WITHOUT LIMITATION, CONNECTIONS ACADEMY MAKES NO WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE THAT THE WEB SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE. THE USER UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT IF HE OR SHE DOWNLOADS OR OTHERWISE OBTAINS MATERIALS, INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SOFTWARE, PROGRAMS, OR SERVICES, HE OR SHE DOES SO AT HIS OR HER OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT HE OR SHE WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT, INCLUDING LOSS OF DATA OR DAMAGE TO THE USER'S COMPUTER SYSTEM. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO THE USER.

Limitation of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL CONNECTIONS ACADEMY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER BASIS, EVEN IF CONNECTIONS ACADEMY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, CONNECTIONS ACADEMY'S LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Indemnification

Upon a request by Connections Academy, the User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Connections Academy and its affiliates, employees, contractors, officers, and directors from all liabilities, claims, and expenses, including attorney's fees, which arise from User's use or misuse of the Website. Connections Academy reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by User, in which event the User will cooperate with Connections Academy in asserting any available defenses.

Governing Law, Choice of Law, and Forum

The use of the Website shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, excluding its conflicts of law rules. The User expressly agrees that the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to User's use of the Website shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of Maryland, and the User further agrees to submit to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating any such claim or action.

Severability and Integration

Except for other agreements signed by the User with Connections Academy, these Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the User and Connections Academy with respect to use of the Website. If any part of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect.

Termination of Use

If the User violates these Terms of Use, the User may be barred from future use of the Website and/or subject to legal action.


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