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The Science Festival Alliance (SFA) is a community of informal science educators and other professionals working together to support the development of science festivals. It is the desire of the SFA to provide a broad array of digital resources to be used to connect professionals involved in science festivals, facilitate sharing of best practices among professionals involved in science festivals, and to assist in the development of festivals and festival related programs and activities. These resources will be easily accessible, useable, and available through these websites in an open source fashion whenever possible. The following terms and conditions have been developed with these principles in mind but there are limitations. Access to and use of this Web site and all other sites produced by the SFA (“the Sites”) is provided subject to the following terms and conditions.

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY AS YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF THE SITES CONSTITUTES AGREEMENT TO ALL TERMS, CONDITIONS AND NOTICES CONTAINED OR REFERENCED HEREIN.

Terms and Conditions of Use

By using the Sites, you are deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions of use. The SFA reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. You should check these terms and conditions periodically for changes. By using the Sites after we post any changes to these terms and conditions, you agree to accept those changes, whether or not you have reviewed them. If at any time you choose not to accept these terms and conditions of use, please do not use the Sites. All content on the Sites is subject to change without notice. The SFA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or part of the Sites with or without notice. The SFA may change, suspend or discontinue all or any aspect of the Sites at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or content (including interactive areas), without prior notice or liability.

Scope of Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to your use of all of the sites and services owned or operated by the SFA. These terms and conditions do not apply to your use of those sites to which the Sites links.

Use of Materials Posted on the Sites

It is the intention of the SFA to make its resources as accessible and usable as possible. Therefore, unless otherwise stated, all SFA resources are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Unless otherwise stated, you may print, download, reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and/or publicly display all SFA resources for non-commercial, educational use provided they are credited to the SFA, NSF, and, where applicable, the organization or person who developed the resources. You may make adaptations of or modifications to SFA resources for non-commercial, educational purposes, again provided the derivative work is properly attributed and is “shared alike”—available to others under the same license that governs the original work.

The SFA’s resources are protected by copyright and trademark laws, and are the property of SFA affiliated organizations.

Credits

We encourage others to both use and adapt our resources and products. However, all products must be appropriately credited. Where applicable, this acknowledgement should follow the copyright notice. The National Science Foundation requires that an acknowledgement of support and a disclaimer appear in publications of any material, whether copyrighted or not, when the work is based on or developed under NSF-supported projects.

SFA resources and products must include the SFA and NSF logos and acknowledge both groups, with the URL (www.sciencefestivals.org) as a live link in digital environments:

“Developed for the Science Festival Alliance with funding from the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.”

Any adaptations or modifications of SFA resources and products should be credited in the following manner:

“Based on [a program, exhibit, publication, video, or material] developed by [Organization] for the Science Festival Alliance, with funding from the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation”

Questions regarding acknowledgements or credits can be directed to connect@sciencefestivals.org.

Permitted Use

You may not reproduce, record, publish, modify, or distribute any SFA resources or products for commercial purposes. Requests by the Media for use of any image should be coordinated through connect@sciencefestivals.org.

Some examples of prohibited use:

• including SFA resources or products, or reproductions of SFA resources or products, in a commercial publication or product to be sold or provided in exchange for a fee,• using SFA images to promote a commercial program, product, event, or activity,• serving SFA web pages on your web site,• using a SFA photo, video, directory, publication, or other product without properly crediting the person or groups that developed the product, the SFA and the National Science Foundation, whether for educational or commercial purposes.

Rules of Conduct

You shall not post on the Sites any content which is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing or threatening, contains viruses or other contaminating or destructive features, violates the rights of others, such as content which infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or violates any right of privacy or publicity, or otherwise violates any applicable law.

You may post links to external Web sites on the Sites, with the understanding that the SFA does not approve or condone in any way the content linked to. The SFA may, for any reason, remove external links from the Sites. The Sites may not be used by you for any commercial purpose, to distribute any advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and services or to solicit users to join competitive online services.

Links to the Sites

The SFA welcomes links to the Sites. Permission to create a link to the Sites is not required. However, we do reserve the right to request removal of a link from any Web page we believe does not further the SFA’s mission. You may NOT enclose pages from the SFA Web site within a frame set on your site.

The Sites may provide links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by others. The SFA is not responsible for the availability of any other site to which the Sites link. Nor does the SFA endorse or take responsibility for the content, advertising, products or other materials made available through any other site. Under no circumstances shall the SFA be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any content, goods or services available on any other site.

Trademarks

Science Festival Alliance, sciencefestivals.org, and their logos, are trademarks of the SFA. Adaptations or modifications of SFA resources or products (“third party works”) shall be appropriately credited, however, the SFA trademarks may not be used in connection with a third party work in a manner that is likely to cause confusion among users.

Submissions

The SFA is not responsible for material appearing on any message board, chat room, photo- or video- sharing service, or similar interactive service appearing on the Site. The SFA is not responsible for screening material posted by users for libel, obscenity, invasion of privacy, copyright or trademark infringement, accuracy, or for any other reason. We do, however, retain the right to modify or remove messages or other material that we, in our sole discretion, consider infringing, offensive, abusive, defamatory, obscene, stale, or otherwise unacceptable. We also reserve the right to edit materials for any other reason. Whether or not we modify or remove such material, users remain solely responsible for the content of their own messages or postings.

By submitting content to the Sites, you give (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) the SFA the nonexclusive right to use your questions, comments, and postings, in their original or edited form, in television programs, books, articles, commentaries, or in any other medium now known or later developed. You are not entitled to any compensation for such use.

Any messages sent to the Sites will be treated as non-proprietary and non-confidential and will become the property of the SFA where it may or may not be used for any purpose.

Security

Violations of system or network security are prohibited and may result in criminal and/or civil liability.

Disclaimers

THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS ON THE SITES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

NEITHER THE SFA NOR ANY OF ITS RESPECTIVE LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE MATERIALS IN THE SITES IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. YOU (AND NOT THE SFA OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES OR ANY OF ITS RESPECTIVE LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION.

NEITHER THE SFA NOR ANY OF ITS RESPECTIVE LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS WARRANT THAT ANY FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE SITES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED, OR THAT THE SITES OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THEM AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Limitation of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, WILL THE SFA OR ANY OF ITS RESPECTIVE LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE MATERIALS ON THE SITE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your privacy and security and have explained in detail the steps we take to do so. We urge you to read our Privacy Policy.

Jurisdictional Issues

We control and operate the Sites from our offices in the United States of America. We do not represent that materials on the Sites are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access the Sites 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.

Credit

The above Terms of Use and Privacy policy are based on the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy developed by the NISE Network, with funding from the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #ESI-0532536. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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