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WSI Terms of Use

1. SCOPE OF AGREEMENT

This Terms of Use Agreement ("Agreement") by and between Western Shores Institute ("WSI") and you governs your use of the www-wsi-edu.info  and the www.wsi-online.info websites together with all information, content, products, materials and services made available to you through the same by us and/or third parties (which together with the website shall be collectively referred to as the "Services"). By using or otherwise accessing the Services, or any component thereof, in any manner whatsoever, you agree to be bound by and comply with the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you do not agree to this Agreement, do not access or use our Services in any manner.

When we refer to the "use" of the Services in this Agreement, we mean any actual or attempted access or use of the Services provided, including, without limitation, any transmission, exchange of information or communication associated with the Services. These terms and conditions, together with the other terms of use applicable to other WSI-owned or operated websites and any other policies, rules and provisions which are described, linked or otherwise referred to and form a part of this Agreement, constitute the entire agreement between you and us, superseding any and all prior understandings, representations or agreements regarding the Services offered by us.

WSI reserves the right to modify the terms of this Agreement at any time, and will post a notice of such changes. The changes become effective immediately upon posting (the "Effective Date"). If any change to the Agreement is not acceptable to you, you must immediately stop using the Services. Your use of the Services after the Effective Date shall constitute your acceptance of such changes. If we make any new products or services available, they will be considered a part of the Services and your use of them will be governed by the terms and conditions of this Agreement unless we notify you that different terms and conditions apply. You must also comply with any additional terms which apply to third-party content, material, information, software or other services.

2. OWNERSHIP AND USE OF WSI CONTENT

WSI content is copyrighted and owned by WSI, and may not be reproduced in whole, or in part, without our prior express written permission. This also includes the use of our trademarks. Depending on the nature and scope of intended use licensing fees may apply.

3. LINKS

3.1 WSI's websites may include hyperlinks to websites maintained or controlled by others. Because we have no control over such websites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the availability of such external websites or resources, and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, services or other materials on or otherwise made available via such websites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that we shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services made available on or through any such website or resource.  WSI is not responsible for and does not routinely screen, approve, review or endorse the contents of or use of any of the products or services that may be offered at these websites.

3.2 Permission to link to WSI’s website may be obtained by contacting us at the address listed on the WSI About Page.

4. UN-MODERATED FORUMS

4.1 WSI websites may include un-moderated forums containing the personal opinions and other expressions of the persons who post entries on a wide range of topics. Neither the content of these websites, nor the links to other websites, are screened, approved, reviewed or endorsed by WSI or any WSI-affiliated entity. WSI is not a publisher of any of the content of these websites, or of any content that may be available through links to and from them, and is acting solely as an internet service provider. 47 U.S.C. § 230(c)(1).

Although we do not actively monitor, regulate or pre-screen your use of the Services, we reserve the unconditional right (but not the obligation) to remove, move or edit any User-created Content we consider in our sole discretion to be harmful, offensive, disruptive, in violation of law, regulation or any agreement, including, without limitation, which is or may be in violation of this Agreement. We have no liability or responsibility to you or any other person or entity for performance or nonperformance of such monitoring activities.

Additionally, you agree to do not post anything which is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.  You further agree not to impersonate any person or entity, to disrupt, impedes, manipulate, deceive, or infringe the rights of any party.

You may not collect or store personal data about other users, or advertise or solicit anyone to buy or sell products, or to make donations of any kind.

4.2 You hereby grant to WSI a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable perpetual license (with right to sublicense) to reproduce, distribute, transmit, create derivative works of, publicly display and publicly perform any User-created Content you submit, solely for the purposes for which such User-created Content was submitted.

5. POLICIES & PROCEEDURES

Policies & Procedures listed on the WSI Website are incorporated by reference.

6. COMPLIANCE WITH THE CAN-SPAM ACT

6.1 The User agrees to abide by the CAN-SPAM Act (15 U.S.C. §§7701-13) when utilizing the website and contacting other users by email. The User may not use the Site, including, but not limited to the Interactive Services, to bombard individuals or groups with uninvited commercial email, sexually explicit commercial email, or engage in other activities in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act, such as, but not limited to: (a) harvesting email addresses from the Site; (b) falsifying or using misleading header information; or (c) using deceptive subject lines. The User may not promote WSI's products or services through uninvited commercial emails without the express written consent of WSI.

6.2 WSI will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages of any kind resulting from users' failure to adhere to the CAN-SPAM Act or any other applicable laws. The User agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless WSI, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, and agents from any and all third party claims, liability, damages, and/or costs (including, but not limited to, attorneys' fees) arising from the User's activities in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act or any other applicable laws. The terms of this Agreement will inure to the benefit of WSI's successors, assignees, and licensees. The User covenants to cooperate fully in the defense of any claim. However, WSI reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by User and User shall not in any event settle any matter without the written consent of WSI.

7. REGISTERED USERS ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY

7.1 In consideration of your use of the Site, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction. You also agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the relevant portions of the website (the "Registration Data") and (b) maintain and promptly update your Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or WSI has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, WSI has the right to suspend or terminate your access to the website and refuse any and all current or future use of the Site, or any portion thereof.

7.2 You are solely responsible for maintaining the strict confidentiality of your User IDs and passwords and for any charges, damages, liabilities or losses incurred or suffered as a result of your failure to do so. We are not liable for any harm caused by or related to the theft of your User IDs/passwords, your disclosure of your User IDs/passwords, or your authorization to allow another person to access and use the Services using your User IDs/passwords. You agree to immediately notify us if you become aware of any unauthorized use of your User IDs/passwords or other need to deactivate a User ID/password due to security concerns.

8. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN, THE CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE   (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ALL WSI CONTENT, TEXT, MATERIALS, SOFTWARE, FUNCTIONS, SERVICES, AND INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE HEREIN OR ACCESSED BY MEANS HEREOF) IS PROVIDED “AS IS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR USE OF A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. 

YOU AGREE THAT WSI WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES, EITHER ACTUAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS, OR TO YOUR (OR ANY THIRD PARTY'S) USE OR INABILITY TO USE A WEBSITE, OR TO YOUR PLACEMENT OF CONTENT ON A WEBSITE, OR TO YOUR RELIANCE UPON INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM OR THROUGH A WEBSITE.

YOU AGREE THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL WSI BE LIABLE IN ANY WAY FOR ANY CONTENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY CONTENT, OR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF ANY CONTENT POSTED, E-MAILED, TRANSMITTED OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE VIA THE INTERACTIVE SERVICES. WSI DOES NOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE UNINTERRUPTED ACCESS TO THE WEBSITE, OR ANY WEBSITE   LINKED TO THE WEBSITE. YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND RISK OF LOSS RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE   AND ANY INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NEITHER WSI, ITS LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, PARTNERS, AFFILIATES OR THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS SHALL BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER FORM OF DAMAGES IN ANY MANNER ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE   AND SERVICES, REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION OR THE BASIS OF THE CLAIM OR WHETHER OR NOT WSI HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

IN THE EVENT YOU HAVE ANY DISPUTE WITH ONE OR MORE THIRD PARTIES AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE   OR THE SERVICES, OR ARE IN ANY WAY DAMAGED AS A RESULT OF ANY THIRD PARTY IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, YOU HEREBY RELEASE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE OR OTHERWISE MAKE A CLAIM, DEMAND OR FILE ANY LEGAL ACTION OR INSTITUTE ANY LEGAL OR REGULATORY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST US, OUR AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES AND SUPPLIERS FROM, FOR ANY CLAIMS, ACTIONS, DEMANDS OR DAMAGES (WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL), OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED OR UNSUSPECTED, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT, DISCLOSED OR UNDISCLOSED.

10. INDEMNITY

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold us harmless against any losses, expenses, costs or damages (including our reasonable attorneys' fees, expert fees' and other reasonable costs of litigation) arising from, incurred as a result of, or in any manner related to any claim or action based upon (a) your breach of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, (b) your use of the Services, and/or (c) the use of the Services by any other person using your IDs. We may, if necessary, participate in the defense of any such claim or action and any negotiations for its settlement or compromise. No settlement which may adversely affect our rights or obligations shall be made without our prior written approval. We reserve the right, at our own expense and upon notice to you, to assume exclusive defense and control of any such claim or action and then your corresponding indemnification obligation will end.

11. RIGHT TO TERMINATE AND/OR TO BLOCK ACCESS

WSI reserves the right to terminate, block or restrict your access to or use of the website for any breach or violation of any term(s) of this Agreement. In such event, we may terminate this Agreement, restrict, suspend or terminate your access to and use of the Services immediately and without notice or liability, with or without cause and it will not limit any other rights or remedies which are available to us. You may terminate this Agreement by providing us with written notice of your termination and ceasing to use the Services. Termination is your sole right and exclusive remedy if you are not satisfied with the Services. Upon the effective date of any such termination, your right to access and use the Services shall immediately cease.

12. GOVERNING LAW/JURISDICTION AND DISPUTES

12.1 This Agreement shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland.

12.2 All disputes under this Agreement shall be resolved by litigation in the federal or state courts of the State of Maryland including the federal courts therein and the Parties all consent to the jurisdiction of such courts, agree to accept service of process by mail, and hereby waive any jurisdictional or venue defenses otherwise available to it.

13. ASSIGNABILITY

This Agreement is personal to you, and you may not assign this Agreement or the rights and obligations hereunder to any third party without the prior express written approval of WSI.

14. SEVERABILITY

If any term, clause or provision hereof is held invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the validity or operation of any other term, clause or provision and such invalid term, clause or provision shall be deemed to be severed from the Agreement.

15. LIMITATION ON ACTIONS

You agree that regardless of any applicable law providing for a statute of limitations to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to the use of the website or Services, or otherwise relating to this Agreement, must be filed within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arose, or will be forever barred.

16. SURVIVAL OF TERMS

Any provision of this Agreement which by its nature must survive the termination of this Agreement in order to give effect to its meaning shall survive such termination, including but not limited to the ownership, rights, and licensing provisions set forth in this Agreement.

17. ENTIRE AGREEMENT

This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding of the Parties, and revokes and supersedes all prior agreements between the Parties and is intended as a final expression of their agreement. It shall not be modified or amended except in writing signed by the Parties hereto and specifically referring to this Agreement. This Agreement shall take precedence over any other documents which may conflict with this Agreement, including any terms/conditions posted by Users via the Interactive Services.