Legal Terms of Use

AmericaSpeaks, Inc. (“AmericaSpeaks “) is a District of Columbia 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to engage citizens in the public decisions that affect their lives. AmericaSpeaks.org is AmericaSpeaks‘ web site (the “Site”). You (a ” Visitor”) agree that your use of the Site will be governed by the following Conditions of Use Agreement (the “Agreement”). The purpose of this Site is to provide Visitors with information on the work of the AmericaSpeaks and the deliberative democracy field. The Site in no way should be construed as rendering any legal, procedural or any other project specific advice.

AmericaSpeaks operates this Web site. By accessing and using this site, you agree to each of the terms and conditions set forth herein. Additional terms and conditions applicable to certain areas of this Web site or as to certain transactions are posted in those areas or in connection with a particular transaction, and together with these Terms of Use govern your use of those areas and/or transactions.

AmericaSpeaks reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time without prior notice. Your use of this site following any modification constitutes your agreement to be bound by the Terms of Use as modified. The last date these Terms of Use were revised is set forth below.

You may use this Web site for lawful purposes only. You may not use this Web site for any purpose that is prohibited by law or regulations or to facilitate the violation of any law or regulation.

Copyright
The site and the content are protected by U.S. and/or copyright laws, and belong to AmericaSpeaks or its partners, affiliates, contributors or third parties. The copyright in the content is owned by AmericaSpeaks or other copyright owners who have authorized their use on the site. You may request permission to reproduce content for online or offline use. You may not alter or manipulate in any way the content on the site without the specific written permission from AmericaSpeaks or the copyright owner.

Trademarks
You may not use any of the trademarks or logos appearing on this site without written permission from the trademark owner. AmericaSpeaks, 21st Century Town Meeting® and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of AmericaSpeaks. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Third Party Linked Web Sites
This Site has links to third party sites AmericaSpeaks believes may be instructional for Visitors. Links or any references to any third party sites do not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or preference by AmericaSpeaks. Visitor understands that when a link is provided, AmericaSpeaks does not control, endorse, approve, or certify the content or warrant the offerings of those external Internet addresses. Nor does AmericaSpeaks assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, products, services or content of all these and any other third parties. Visitors understand that if they use a link to third party site, they are no longer on our Site and subject to our policies. Any user of third party sites should carefully review those sites’ privacy statements and other conditions of use.

Further, AmericaSpeaks, its employees, officers, trustees, agents, subsidiaries, affiliates and Content Providers assume no responsibility for, and expressly disclaim any liability resulting from the use of any information obtained at any linked third party sites. This includes, but is not limited to, any claims that may arise relating to: (1) content containing errors or omissions; (2) the accuracy or reasonableness of factual or scientific assumptions, studies or conclusions; (3) the potentially defamatory nature of any statements; (4) the implication of copyright and/or other intellectual property rights; and (5) the violation of property, privacy and/or personal rights of others.

Indemnification
You understand and agree that you are personally responsible for your behavior on the site. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless AmericaSpeaks, its affiliates, employees, agents and any third party providers to the site, service or content from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential, exemplary and indirect damages), and reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting or arising out of your use, misuse, or inability to use the site, the service or the content, or any violation of the Terms of Use.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitations of Liabilities
AMERICASPEAKS MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE OPERATION OF THIS SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON THIS SITE. THE USE OF THIS SITE IS AT THE USER’S SOLE RISK. TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, AMERICASPEAKS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. AMERICASPEAKS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE, ITS SERVERS, OR EMAIL SENT FROM AMERICASPEAKS ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. ENTERPRISE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. AMERICASPEAKS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. AMERICASPEAKS DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT, OR THAT ANY ERRORS IN THE CONTENT WILL BE CORRECTED. THE SITE, THE SERVICE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.

CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

Arbitration
YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION, CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE USE OF THIS SITE, SERVICE OR CONTENT BETWEEN THE AMERICASPEAKS AND YOURSELF OR AS TO THE CONSTRUCTION, INTERPRETATION AND EFFECT OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE SETTLED BY ARBITRATION PURSUANT TO THE APPLICABLE RULES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION. HOWEVER, PRIOR TO ARBITRATION ALL APPLICABLE AMERICASPEAKS RULES, REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES MUST FIRST BE FOLLOWED AS SET FORTH IN THE AMERICASPEAKS RULES, REGULATIONS AND PUBLISHED POLICIES.

Modification
AmericaSpeaks reserves the right to modify the terms of this Agreement at any time in its discretion. The terms of the Agreement in effect at the time of Visitor’s use will be the operative terms governing Visitor’s use of this Site. http://www.americaspeaks.org
Date: 1/15/08