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THESE TERMS OF USE DESCRIBE YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES WHEN USING OURFUTURE.ORG

Last updated: September 19, 2008

1. Acceptance of Terms.  Your use of OurFuture.org is subject to your compliance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Terms of Use agreement (“Terms of Use”), which are supplemented by any additional guidelines or other terms posted by Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) or Institute for America’s Future (IAF) in relation to specific OurFuture.org-related services or content.

CAF & IAF reserve the right to update or modify the Terms of Use without advance notice by posting a revised Terms of Use to OurFuture.org. Users of OurFuture.org (“you”) can determine whether the Terms of Use has been modified since your last visit by checking the “Last updated” legend at the top of this page. By using OurFuture.org, you agree to be bound by the version of the Terms of Use then in effect. CAF & IAF may deny service to you at any time, including in the event you do not adhere to the Terms of Use.

2. Purposes of OurFuture.org. CAF & IAF are nonpartisan organizations, with a mission to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.

The purposes of OurFuture.org are to assist in the above mission by promoting the work of CAF & IAF, leading discussion about news and proposed policies, and providing an online community for progressives to share ideas. The purpose of OurFuture.org is not to advance the interests of any particular party or candidate for office.

3. Submissions. CAF & IAF welcome you to share your ideas, comments, written and multimedia content, and other information (collectively, “Submissions”)  through the various tools offered on OurFuture.org subject to your agreement to comply with the Terms of Use. Submissions are shared for public viewing and use on OurFuture.org, and do not include personal contact information you submit in order to join an e-mail list, information provided in making a financial contribution, or information solely as part of the process of contacting decision-makers or signing a petition on OurFuture.org.  Please be aware that by making Submissions through OurFuture.org, you agree to give CAF or IAF certain rights in those materials.

By posting Submissions — you grant to CAF or IAF and its designees a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable, assignable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right (including any moral rights) and license to use, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works based on, perform and display such Submissions (in whole or in part) in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you or any other provider of the Submissions. You also permit any visitor to OurFuture.org to access, display, view, store and reproduce such Submissions for personal use.

You acknowledge that to the extent that you include personally identifiable information in Submissions, CAF or IAF may republish such information as part of the content. If CAF or IAF republishes your content, CAF or IAF may provide authorship credit by listing your name as well.

Although CAF & IAF have no obligation to monitor the Submissions, you acknowledge and agree that CAF or IAF may do one or all of the following: (a) monitor the Submissions; (b) alter, edit, or remove any Submission; or (c) disclose any Submissions. This section will survive any termination or expiration of these Terms of Use.

4. Community Rules. OurFuture.org uses ” Community Rules” set forth below to create a forum where information and progressive views can be shared in a productive way. While using OurFuture.org, you agree to adhere to the Community Rules below.

You agree to:

* Respect others – by not threatening, insulting, abusing, intimidating or harassing other users.

* Use OurFuture.org to participate in the OurFuture.org’s mission, not to promote yourself or your organization.  Posting Submissions solely to promote your own projects is not allowed.

You agree not to:

* Post any Submissions or provide links to any Submissions that endorse or oppose a particular political party or candidate for office.

* Post any private information or otherwise harvest, collect or disclose information, about another site user without his or her express consent.

* Post any content to OurFuture.org that is unlawful, racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise hateful, or libelous, defamatory, obscene, or harassing.

* Post any content to OurFuture.org that infringes any third party’s intellectual property or other rights.

* Use OurFuture.org for any unlawful purpose, or transmit or otherwise make available in connection with OurFuture.org any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability.

* Use OurFuture.org for advertisements, chain letters, “spamming,” survey solicitations, junk mail or solicitations.

* Impersonate any person or entity, including any CAF or IAF employees, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity.

* Imply that CAF or IAF endorses any of your statements or positions.

* Transmit any harmful, invasive or disruptive code or other materials (such as viruses, worms or web bugs) through or to OurFuture.org, or otherwise “hack” or deface any portion of OurFuture.org.

* Frame or mirror any part of OurFuture.org without prior written authorization from CAF or IAF.

You acknowledge that CAF or IAF has the right, but not the obligation, to modify or remove, any Submissions that violate the Community Rules or that otherwise violate the Terms of Use.

5. Proprietary Rights, Re-Use Policy and Limits on Use. You acknowledge and agree that the information and materials presented on or through OurFuture.org will remain the property of CAF or IAF and its licensors or providers, and are protected by copyright, trademark, patent, and/or other proprietary rights and related laws, rules and regulations.  All articles and other text content have a “byline” indicating the author of that article or other content element.  Any such text content authored by CAF, IAF or any staff member of either organization, may be freely reproduced, copied, and distributed solely for non-commercial purposes, provided that appropriate credit is given and, if the use is online, a link back to OurFuture.org is provided.  All other text content remains the property of its author and may only be reproduced with permission.

Video and audio content labeled “produced by” CAF or IAF may be reproduced if used in its entirety solely for noncommercial purposes, with appropriate credit given to CAF or IAF and, if the use is online, a link back to OurFuture.org is provided.  No derivative works may be created, and no component elements of audio or video content may be extracted and used outside the work as a whole.  All other audio or video content remains the property of its author and may only be reproduced with permission.

Photos, graphics and other images, and any other content not addressed above may be reproduced only with permission.

“Appropriate credit” means that you attribute the materials to CAF or IAF, credit a specific author when one is identified, and provide a link to either the CAF home page or the IAF home page or the specific URL where the material originated.

You may not make any editorial changes to articles or materials without first receiving express permission from CAF or IAF. This provision does not restrict excerpting portions of content in a manner that does not alter the editorial intent.

The trademarks, service marks, logos and trade names displayed on OurFuture.org (collectively the “Marks”) are the registered and unregistered trademarks of CAF or IAF, its licensors and suppliers, and others. All Marks on OurFuture.org not owned by CAF or IAF are the property of their respective owners. The Marks owned by CAF or IAF, whether registered or unregistered, may not be used in connection with any product or service from any other organization or individual.

6. Information Provided By Third Parties. Some information made available on or through OurFuture.org is provided by third parties, such as news services or other OurFuture.org users. The inclusion or appearance of any third-party content on OurFuture.org does not indicate any approval or endorsement by CAF or IAF. CAF and IAF are not responsible for, and hereby disclaim any and all liability that may arise from Third-Party Content.

7. Links. OurFuture.org provides links to other websites and resources. Because neither CAF nor IAF have control over these sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that neither CAF nor IAF endorses or is responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. CAF or IAF provide these links to you only as a convenience. CAF or IAF has the right, but not the obligation to block links from or to OurFuture.org at any time.

8. Claims of Copyright Infringement. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by CAF or IAF infringe your copyright, you (or your agent) may send notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it blocked. Notices must include:

  • The name, address, and electronic signature of the complaining party
  • The infringing materials and their Internet location
  • Sufficient information to identify the copyrighted works.
  • A statement by the owner that it has a good faith belief that there is no legal basis for the use of the materials complained of.
  • A statement of the accuracy of the notice and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on the behalf of the owner.

Notices and counter-notices with respect to OurFuture.org should be sent to:

Copyright Officer

Campaign for America’s Future/Institute for America’s Future

1825 K Street NW, Suite 400

Washington D.C. 20006

9. Privacy Policy. The privacy policies of CAF and IAF are hereby incorporated into these Terms of Use by this reference. Here’s where you can read the full privacy policy for CAF and IAF.

10. Jurisdictional Issues. OurFuture.org is controlled and operated by CAF and IAF from their principal offices in the District of Columbia, U.S.A., and is not intended to subject CAF or IAF to the laws or jurisdiction of any other state, country or territory.  By using OurFuture.org, you agree to waive any legal claim or cause of action based upon the laws of any jurisdiction other than the District of Columbia and the United States, and you agree that any dispute arising out of your use of OurFuture.org or otherwise related to OurFuture.org will be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts located in the District of Columbia and in no other jurisdiction.  You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of any court located in the District of Columbia, United States of America, and waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such courts, in any matter arising out of or related to OurFuture.org or these Terms of Use. Those who choose to access OurFuture.org do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are solely responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations.

11. Termination. You agree that CAF or IAF, in their sole discretion, may terminate your use of OurFuture.org or any part thereof, at any time and for any reason, including if CAF or IAF believe that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the spirit of the Terms of Use. Further, you agree that neither CAF nor IAF will be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to OurFuture.org.

12. Disclaimers. OURFUTURE.ORG IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. YOU AGREE THAT YOU MUST EVALUATE AND BEAR ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF OURFUTURE.ORG, AND ANY RELIANCE ON THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, OR USEFULNESS THEREOF. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, CAF DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO OURFUTURE.ORG.

OurFuture.org may include inadvertent inaccuracies or errors, or information or materials that violate the Terms of Use. Additionally, the possibility exists that a third party could make unauthorized alterations to OurFuture.org. Although we attempt to ensure the integrity of OurFuture.org, we make no guarantees as to its completeness or correctness. In the event that a situation arises in which OurFuture.org’s completeness or correctness is in question, please contact CAF or IAF with, if possible, a description of the material to be checked and the location (URL) where such material can be found on OurFuture.org, as well as information sufficient to enable a CAF or IAF employee to contact you.

13. Limitation of Liability. NEITHER CAF, IAF NOR ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR CONSULTANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR OTHER DAMAGES UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO OURFUTURE.ORG AND/OR MATERIALS CONTAINED ON OURFUTURE.ORG, ANY LINKED SITE OR ANY CONTENT OR SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGH OURFUTURE.ORG. YOUR SOLE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH OURFUTURE.ORG, CONTENT, SERVICES OR ANY LINKED SITE IS TO STOP YOUR USE OF IT.

14. Indemnification. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless CAF and IAF and their directors, officers, employees and consultants, from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and other expenses that arise out of or from (a) your activities in connection with OurFuture.org; (b) any violation of these Terms of Use by you; or (c) any allegation that any Submissions or other materials you submit to CAF or IAF or transmit to OurFuture.org infringe or otherwise violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property or other rights of any third party.

15. Miscellaneous. These Terms of Use are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia, United States of America, without regard to its conflict of law principles. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. CAF or IAF may assign their rights and obligations under these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use, together with all policies referred to herein, are the entire agreement between CAF or IAF and you relating to the subject matter herein and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous written or oral agreements between CAF or IAF and you with respect to such subject matter.

16. Questions. If you have any questions or feedback about these Terms of Use or OurFuture.org, feel free to contact CAF or IAF through this online feedback form.