Terms of Use Policy

Effective Date: June 18, 2015 .

THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER. IT AFFECTS YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. PLEASE READ IT.

Introduction

Welcome!  You have arrived at http://www.masscec.com/ or are otherwise interacting with our Service (defined below), which is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (collectively, “MassCEC,” “we,” “our,” or “us”).  These Terms of Service (“Terms”) govern your use of any online service location (e.g., website) that posts a link to these Terms (“Site”), and also applies to all features, widgets, plug-ins, applications, content, downloads and other services that we own and control and make available through a Site, and/or that post or link to these Terms (collectively, the “Service”), regardless of how you access or use it, whether via computer, mobile device or otherwise.  By using the Service, you acknowledge and accept the Service’s Privacy Policy and consent to the collection and use of your data in accordance with the Privacy Policy.  By using the Service, you further agree that MassCEC may change, alter, or modify the settings or configurations on your Device (defined below) in order to allow for or optimize your use of the Service. 

If You Want to Use The Service,

then carefully read these entire Terms, as they constitute a written agreement between you and us and they affect your legal rights and obligations.  The summaries of provisions and section headings are provided for convenience only and shall not limit the full Terms.

Each time you access and/or use the Service (other than to simply read these Terms), you agree to be bound by and comply with the Terms and any Additional Terms (defined below) then posted (subject to Section 14).  Therefore, do not use the Service if you do not agree.  The business realities associated with operating the Service are such that, without the conditions that are set forth in these Terms – such as your grants and waivers of rights, the limitations on our liability, your indemnity of us – we would not make the Service available to you.

In some instances, both these Terms and separate guidelines, rules, or terms of service setting forth additional or different terms and/or conditions will apply to your use of the Service or to a service or product offered via the Service (in each such instance, and collectively “Additional Terms”).  To the extent there is a conflict between these Terms and any Additional Terms, the Additional Terms will control unless the Additional Terms expressly state otherwise.  Please also review the terms of the Service’s Privacy Policy, which you accept by using the Service.

 

Summary of Terms

It is important that you read and understand these entire Terms before using the Service.  To ease review, each section below includes a brief introductory summary.  Any capitalized terms that appear, but are not defined in the introduction, have the meanings given to them elsewhere in the Terms. 

1. Service Content, Ownership, Limited License, and Rights of Others

We only grant you a limited revocable license to use the Service for your own use subject to rules and limitations. 

2. Service and Content Use Restrictions

Your use of our Service is subject to various restrictions designed to protect the Service and our users.  We may change or discontinue our Service in whole or in part. 

3. Procedure For Alleging Copyright Infringement

Users may not post content they do not own or control, and may be suspended or terminated if they do so.  Copyright owners may give us notice of infringement by following specific instructions specifically addressed in this section.

4. Procedure For Alleging Infringement of Other Intellectual Property

You can also give notice of trademark and other infringements that you think occur on the Service.

5. Social Media Terms

Content published by MassCEC on its official Social Media pages, including Facebook and Twitter, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, as is all content you submit to the MassCEC Social Media pages.

6. Notices, Questions and Customer Service

Click here to contact us for customer service or questions.  You agree we may provide you notices, including of new terms and conditions, by posting notice on the home page or by other reasonable means, such as to the e-mail you provided. 

7. Links By You to the Service

You may link to our Service, subject to some basic rules. 

8. Third-Party Sites; Advertisements; Dealings With Third Parties

We are not responsible for third parties or their content, advertisement(s), apps or sites.  Use caution when dealing with third parties. 

9. Wireless Features

Wireless carrier charges may apply to use of the Service via wireless networks or Devices. 

10. Disclaimer of Representations and Warranties

We disclaim most warranties and provide the Service “As Is”. 

11. Limitations of Our Liability

Our liability is greatly limited. 

12. Waiver of Injunctive or Other Equitable Relief

You waive equitable or injunctive relief. 

13. Updates to Terms

These Terms and Additional Terms posted on the Service at each time of use apply to that use, and the Terms may be prospectively updated as our Service evolves.  Posting of new Terms on the Service is notice to you thereof.  

14. General Provisions

You agree to various other terms and conditions, which you should read here, including regarding (a) our control and discretion; (b) the law that governs these Terms; (c) your indemnity of us; (d) accessing the Service from outside of the United States; (e) restriction on the Service for those countries subject to U.S. export controls; (f) enforcement and interpretation of these Terms; (g) communications with us; (h) investigations, cooperation with law enforcement, termination and survival; (i) limit on assignment and delegation of rights and obligations; (j) how waivers may be made; and (l) your responsibility for your connectivity and access.

Full Details of Terms of Service

1. Service Content, Ownership, Limited License, and Rights of Others

A. Content.  The Service contains a variety of: (i) materials and other items relating to MassCEC and its products and services, and similar items from our licensors and other third parties, including all layout, information, articles, posts, text, data, files, images, scripts, designs, graphics, button icons, instructions, illustrations, photographs, audio clips, music, sounds, pictures, videos, advertising copy, URLs, technology, software, interactive features, the “look and feel” of the Service, and the compilation, assembly, and arrangement of the materials of the Service and any and all copyrightable material (including source and object code); (ii) trademarks, logos, trade names, trade dress, service marks, and trade identities of various parties, including those of MassCEC (collectively,  “Trademarks”); and (iii) other forms of intellectual property (all of the foregoing, collectively “Content”). 

B. Ownership.  All of the material posted on MassCEC's websites and accessible to the public without use of an authenticating and authorizing mechanism (such as a "PIN" or password) is public record.  However, some of the public records posted on the MassCEC's websites are also copyrighted material and are protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademark, trade dress, patent and/or other intellectual property and unfair competition rights and laws to the fullest extent possible.  MassCEC owns the copyright in the selection, compilation, assembly, arrangement, and enhancement of the Content on the Service.  In addition, please be advised that the MassCEC makes use of materials (including, but not limited to, photographs) in which third parties hold the copyright, which also cannot be copied or used for use other than "fair use" without permission of the copyright owner. 

C. Limited License.  Subject to your strict compliance with these Terms and the Additional Terms, MassCEC grants you a limited license to download, display, view, use, play, and/or print the Content (excluding source and object code in raw form or otherwise, other than as made available to access and use to enable display and functionality) on a personal computer, mobile phone or other wireless device, or other Internet enabled device (each, a “Device”).  The foregoing limited license (i) does not give you any ownership of, or any other intellectual property interest in, any Content, and (ii) may be immediately suspended or terminated for any reason, in MassCEC’s sole discretion, and without advance notice or liability.  In some instances, we may permit you to have greater access to and use of Content and/or MassCEC Licensed Elements, subject to certain Additional Terms. 

D. Rights of Others.  In using the Service, you must respect the intellectual property and other rights of MassCEC and others.  Your unauthorized use of Content may violate copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, communications, and other laws, and any such use may result in your personal liability, including potential criminal liability.  MassCEC respects the intellectual property rights of others.  If you believe that your work has been infringed by means of an improper posting or distribution of it via the Service, then please see Section 3 and Section 4 below.

2. Service and Content Use Restrictions

A. Service Use Restrictions.  You agree that you will not: (i) use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing any Trademarks; (ii) engage in any activities through or in connection with the Service that seek to attempt to or do harm to any individuals or entities or are unlawful, offensive, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, violent, threatening, harassing, or abusive, or that violate any right of any third party, or are otherwise objectionable to MassCEC; (iii) reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, reverse assemble, or modify any Service source or object code or any software or other products, services, or processes accessible through any portion of the Service; (iv) engage in any activity that interferes with a user’s access to the Service or the proper operation of the Service, or otherwise causes harm to the Service, MassCEC, or other users of the Service; (v) interfere with or circumvent any security feature of the Service or any feature that restricts or enforces limitations on use of or access to the Service or the Content; (vi) harvest or otherwise collect or store any information (including personally identifiable information about other users of the Service, including e-mail addresses, without the express consent of such users); (vii) attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Service, other computer systems or networks connected to the Service, through password mining or any other means; or (viii) otherwise violate these Terms or any Additional Terms. 

B. Content Use.  All of the material posted on MassCEC's websites and accessible to the public without use of an authenticating and authorizing mechanism (such as a "PIN" or password) is public record. Most of the public records posted on MassCEC’s websites can be copied and used for any purpose.  However, some of the public records posted on the MassCEC's websites are also copyrighted material, as explained in Section 1.B.  You agree that, in using the Service: (i) you will not copy, reproduce,  or otherwise use MassCEC’s copyrighted material other than as permitted "fair use" under the Copyright Act; (ii) you will not monitor, gather, copy, or distribute the Content (except as may be a result of standard search engine activity or use of a standard browser) on the Service by using any robot, rover, “bot”, spider, scraper, crawler, spyware, engine, device, software, extraction tool, or any other automatic device, utility, or manual process of any kind; (iii) you will not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any such Content (including any images, text, or page layout); (iv) you will keep intact all Trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property notices contained in such Content; (v) you will not use such Content in a manner that suggests an unauthorized association with any of our or our licensors’ products, services, or brands; (vi) you will not sell, lease, or rent such Content except as explicitly and specifically permitted by these Terms or any Additional Terms or with the prior written consent of an officer of MassCEC or, in the case of Content from a licensor, the owner of the Content; and (vii) you will not insert any code or product to manipulate such Content in any way that adversely affects any user experience.

C. Availability of Service and Content.  MassCEC may immediately suspend or terminate the availability of the Service and Content (and any elements and features of them), in whole or in part, for any reason, in MassCEC’s sole discretion, and without advance notice or liability. 

D. Reservation of All Rights Not Granted as to Content and Service.  These Terms and any Additional Terms include only narrow, limited grants of rights to Content and to use and access the Service.  No right or license may be construed, under any legal theory, by implication, estoppel, industry custom, or otherwise.  All rights not expressly granted to you are reserved by MassCEC and its licensors and other third parties.  Any unauthorized use of any Content or the Service for any purpose is prohibited.

3. Procedure For Alleging Copyright Infringement

A. DMCA Notice.  MassCEC will respond appropriately to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), as set forth below.  If you own a copyright in a work (or represent such a copyright owner) and believe that your (or such owner’s) copyright in that work has been infringed by an improper posting or distribution of it via the Service, then you may send us a written notice that includes all of the following:

(i) a legend or subject line that says: “DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice”;

(ii) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works;

(iii) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing or is the subject of infringing activity is located that is reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material (please include the URL of the Service on which the material appears);

(iv) your full name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;

(v) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

(vi) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that all the information in your notice is accurate, and that you are the copyright owner (or, if you are not the copyright owner, then your statement must indicate that you are authorized to act on the behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed); and

(vii) your electronic or physical signature.

MassCEC will only respond to DMCA Notices that it receives by mail at the address below:

MassCEC
Attn: Legal
63 Franklin Street, Third Floor
Boston, MA 02110

It is often difficult to determine if your copyright has been infringed.  MassCEC may elect to not respond to DMCA Notices that do not substantially comply with all of the foregoing requirements, and MassCEC may elect to remove allegedly infringing material that comes to its attention via notices that do not substantially comply with the DMCA. 

Please note that the DMCA provides that any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.

We may send the information that you provide in your notice to the person who provided the allegedly infringing work.  That person may elect to send us a DMCA Counter-Notification.

Without limiting MassCEC’s other rights, MassCEC may, in appropriate circumstances, terminate a repeat infringer’s access to the Service and any other website owned or operated by MassCEC.

B. Counter-Notification.  If access on the Service to a work that you submitted to MassCEC is disabled or the work is removed as a result of a DMCA Notice, and if you believe that the disabled access or removal is the result of mistake or misidentification, then you may send us a DMCA Counter-Notification to the addresses above.  Your DMCA Counter-Notification should contain the following information:

  1. a legend or subject line that says:  “DMCA Counter-Notification”;
  2. a description of the material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access to it was disabled (please include the URL of the Service from which the material was removed or access to it disabled);
  3. a statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;
  4. your full name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and the username of your account;
  5. a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which your address is located (or, if the address is located outside the U.S.A., to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Central District of California), and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided DMCA notification to us or an agent of such person; and
  6. your electronic or physical signature.

Please note that the DMCA provides that any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability.

If we receive a DMCA Counter-Notification, then we may replace the material that we removed (or stop disabling access to it) in not less than ten (10) and not more than fourteen (14) business days following receipt of the DMCA Counter-Notification.  However, we will not do this if we first receive notice at the addresses above that the party who sent us the DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice has filed a lawsuit asking a court for an order restraining the person who provided the material from engaging in infringing activity relating to the material on the Service.  You should also be aware that we may forward the Counter-Notification to the party who sent us the DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice.

 

4. Procedure For Alleging Infringement of Other Intellectual Property

If you own intellectual property other than copyrights and believe that your intellectual property has been infringed by an improper posting or distribution of it via the Service, then you may send us a written notice to the addresses set forth above that includes all of the following:

(a) a legend or subject line that says:  “Intellectual Property Infringement Notice”;

(b) a description of the intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

(c) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing or is the subject of infringing activity is located that is reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material (please include the URL of the Service on which the material appears);

(d) your full name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;

(e) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the owner of the intellectual property, its agent, or the law;

(f) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that all the information in your notice is accurate, and that you are the owner of the intellectual property at issue (or, if you are not the owner, then your statement must indicate that you are authorized to act on the behalf of the owner of the intellectual property that is allegedly infringed); and

(g) your electronic or physical signature.

We will act on such notices in our sole discretion.  Any user of the Service that fails to respond satisfactorily to MassCEC with regard to any such notice is subject to suspension or termination.  We may send the information that you provide in your notice to the person who provided the allegedly infringing material. 

 

5. Social Media Terms

The copyright rules stated above in Section 3 and Section 4 do not apply to MassCEC’s official social media pages that receive comment, including MassCEC’s Facebook page.  Content on these pages is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. This content includes all materials posted by the MassCEC. In addition, visitors to these pages agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions on the MassCEC social media pages under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. A copy of this license is available online at http://creativecommons.org/licenses.  Note that any statements you or other third parties make on or via such social media sites are statements of the authors of such statements and do not necessarily reflect MassCEC’s views; the publication of such statements on or via this website is not an endorsement by MassCEC of such statements.

 

6. Notices, Questions and Customer Service

You agree that: (1) we may give you notices of new, revised or changed terms and other important matters by prominently posting notice on the home page of the Service, or in another reasonable manner; and (2) we may contact you by mail or e-mail sent to an address provided by you.  You agree to promptly notify us if you change your e-mail or mailing address.  All legal notices to us must be sent to:  MassCEC, 63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110, Attn: Legal Department.

If you have a question regarding using the Service, you may contact MassCEC Customer Support by sending an e-mail to info@masscec.com or calling us at 617-315-9355.  You acknowledge that the provision of customer support is at MassCEC’s sole discretion and that we have no obligation to provide you with customer support of any kind.

 

7. Links By You to the Service

We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable, non-assignable, personal, and non-transferable license to create hyperlinks to the Service, so long as: (a) the links only incorporate text, and do not use any Trademarks, (b) the links and the content on your website do not suggest any affiliation with MassCEC or cause any other confusion, and (c) the links and the content on your website do not portray MassCEC or its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter, and do not contain content that is unlawful, offensive, obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, violent, threatening, harassing, or abusive, or that violate any right of any third party or are otherwise objectionable to MassCEC.  MassCEC reserves the right to suspend or prohibit linking to the Service for any reason, in its sole discretion, without advance notice or any liability of any kind to you or any third party.

 

8. Third-Party Sites; Advertisements; Dealings with Third Parties

A. Third-Party Content and Sites; Advertisements.  The Service may contain third party plug-ins and/or applications, and/or links to third-party websites that are not owned, controlled or operated by MassCEC, and the Service may also include links to or from third-party websites (collectively, “Third-Party Sites”), including websites operated by advertisers, licensors, licensees, and certain other third parties who may have business relationships with MassCEC.  MassCEC may have no control over the content, operations, policies, terms, or other elements of Third-Party Sites, and MassCEC does not assume any obligation to review any Third-Party Sites.  MassCEC does not necessarily endorse, approve, or sponsor any Third-Party Sites, or any third-party content, advertising, information, materials, products, services, or other items.  Furthermore, MassCEC is not responsible for the quality or delivery of the products or services offered, accessed, obtained by or advertised at such Third-Party Sites.  Finally, MassCEC will under no circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental or special loss or other damage, whether arising from negligence, breach of contract, defamation, infringement of copyright or other intellectual property rights, caused by the exhibition, distribution or exploitation of any information or content contained within these Third-Party Sites.  Any activities you engage in connection with any of the same are subject to the privacy and other policies, terms and conditions of use and/or sale, and rules issued by the operator of the Third-Party Sites.  MassCEC disclaims all liability in connection therewith.

B. Dealings with Third Parties.  Any interactions, correspondence, transactions, and other dealings that you have with any third parties found on or through the Service (including on or via Third-Party Sites or advertisements) are solely between you and the third party (including issues related to the content of third-party advertisements, payments, delivery of goods, warranties (including product warranties), privacy and data security, and the like).  MassCEC disclaims all liability in connection therewith.

9. Wireless Features

A. Wireless Features.  The Service may offer certain features and services that are available to you via your wireless Device.  These features and services may include the ability to access the Service’s features and upload content to the Service, receive messages from the Service, and download applications to your wireless Device (collectively, “Wireless Features”).  Standard messaging, data, and other fees may be charged by your carrier to participate in Wireless Features.  Fees and charges may appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your pre-paid balance.  Your carrier may prohibit or restrict certain Wireless Features and certain Wireless Features may be incompatible with your carrier or wireless Device.  You should check with your carrier to find out what plans are available and how much they cost.  Contact your carrier with questions regarding these issues.

B. Terms of Wireless Features.  You agree that as to the Wireless Features for which you are registered, we may send communications to your wireless Device regarding us or other parties.  Further, we may collect information related to your use of the Wireless Features.   

10. DISCLAIMER OF REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. 

THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS”, “AS AVAILABLE”, AND “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS.  Therefore, to the fullest extent permissible by law, MassCEC, its funds and each of their respective employees, directors,  agents, interns, fellows, vendors, licensors, licensees, contractors, customers, successors, and assigns (collectively, “MassCEC Parties”) hereby disclaim and make no representations, warranties, endorsements, or promises, express or implied, as to:

(a) the Service (including the Content and the User-Generated Content);

(b) the functions, features, or any other elements on, or made accessible through, the Service;

(c) any products, services, or instructions offered or referenced at or linked through the Service;

(d) security associated with the transmission of your User-Generated Content transmitted to MassCEC or via the Service;

(e) whether the Service or the servers that make the Service available are free from any harmful components (including viruses, Trojan horses, and other technologies that could adversely impact your Device);

(f) whether the information (including any instructions) on the Service is accurate, complete, correct, adequate, useful, timely, or reliable;

(g) whether any defects to or errors on the Service will be repaired or corrected;

(h) whether your access to the Service will be uninterrupted;

(i) whether the Service will be available at any particular time or location; and

(j) whether your use of the Service is lawful in any particular jurisdiction. 

EXCEPT FOR ANY SPECIFIC WARRANTIES PROVIDED HEREIN OR IN ADDITIONAL WRITTEN TERMS PROVIDED BY AN AUTHORIZED MassCEC PARTY, MassCEC PARTIES HEREBY FURTHER DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES, TITLE, CUSTOM, TRADE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, SYSTEM INTEGRATION, AND FREEDOM FROM COMPUTER VIRUS.

Some jurisdictions limit or do not allow the disclaimer of implied or other warranties so the above disclaimers may not apply to the extent such jurisdictions’ laws are applicable.

11. LIMITATIONS OF OUR LIABILITY

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY MassCEC PARTIES BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, including personal injury or death or for any direct, indirect, economic, exemplary, special, punitive, incidental, or consequential losses or damages that are directly or indirectly related to:

(a) the Service (including the Content and the User-Generated Content);

(b) your use of or inability to use the Service, or the performance of the Service;

(c) any action taken in connection with an investigation by MassCEC Parties or law enforcement authorities regarding your access to or use of the Service;

(d) any action taken in connection with copyright or other intellectual property owners or other rights owners;

(e) any errors or omissions in the Service’s technical operation; or

(f) any damage to any user’s computer, hardware, software, modem, or other equipment or technology, including damage from any security breach or from any virus, bugs, tampering, fraud, error, omission, interruption, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer line, or network failure or any other technical or other malfunction, including losses or damages in the form of lost profits, loss of goodwill, loss of data, work stoppage, accuracy of results, or equipment failure or malfunction.

The foregoing limitations of liability will apply even if any of the foregoing events or circumstances were foreseeable and even if one or more MassCEC Parties were advised of or should have known of the possibility of such losses or damages, regardless of whether you bring an action based in contract, negligence, strict liability, or tort (including whether caused, in whole or in part, by negligence, acts of god, telecommunications failure, or destruction of the Service). 

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages of the sort that are described above, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. 

EXCEPT AS MAY BE PROVIDED IN ANY ADDITIONAL WRITTEN TERMS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL MassCEC PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU, FOR ALL POSSIBLE DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICE AND YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THESE TERMS, EXCEED AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID MassCEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRANSACTION(S) THAT UNDERLIE THE CLAIM(S); PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THIS PROVISION WILL NOT APPLY IF A TRIBUNAL WITH APPLICABLE JURISDICTION FINDS SUCH TO BE UNCONSCIONABLE.  FOR PURPOSES OF CLARITY, THE PRIOR SENTENCE DOES NOT EXPAND OR LIMIT ANY EXPRESS, WRITTEN PRODUCT WARRANTY THAT IS PROVIDED BY MassCEC OR A MANUFACTURER OF A PHYSICAL PRODUCT.

 

12. Waiver of Injunctive or Other Equitable Relief

IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE INCURRED ANY LOSS, DAMAGES, OR INJURIES IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE, THEN THE LOSSES, DAMAGES, AND INJURIES WILL NOT BE IRREPARABLE OR SUFFICIENT TO ENTITLE YOU TO AN INJUNCTION OR TO OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF OF ANY KIND.  THIS MEANS THAT, IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR CLAIM, YOU AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT SEEK, AND THAT YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN, ANY COURT OR OTHER ACTION THAT MAY INTERFERE WITH OR PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OR EXPLOITATION OF ANY WEBSITE, APPLICATION, CONTENT, USER-GENERATED CONTENT, PRODUCT, SERVICE, OR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OWNED, LICENSED, USED OR CONTROLLED BY MassCEC (INCLUDING YOUR LICENSED USER-GENERATED CONTENT) OR A LICENSOR OF MassCEC.

 

13. Updates to Terms

These Terms (or if applicable Additional Terms), in the form posted at the time of your use of the applicable services to which it applies, shall govern such use (including transactions entered during such use).  AS OUR SERVICE EVOLVES, THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH WE OFFER THE SERVICE MAY PROSPECTIVELY BE MODIFIED AND WE MAY CEASE OFFERING THE SERVICE UNDER THE TERMS OR ADDITIONAL TERMS FOR WHICH THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY OFFERED.  ACCORDINGLY, EACH TIME YOU SIGN IN TO OR OTHERWISE USE THE SERVICE YOU ARE ENTERING INTO A NEW AGREEMENT WITH US ON THE THEN APPLICABLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND YOU AGREE THAT WE MAY NOTIFY YOU OF OTHER TERMS BY POSTING THEM ON THE SERVICE (OR IN ANY OTHER REASONABLE MANNER OF NOTICE WHICH WE ELECT), AND THAT YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE AFTER SUCH NOTICE CONSTITUTES YOUR GOING FORWARD AGREEMENT TO THE OTHER TERMS FOR YOUR NEW USE AND TRANSACTIONS.  Therefore, you should review the posted terms of service and any applicable Additional Terms each time you use the Service (at least prior to each transaction or submission).  The Additional Terms will be effective as to new use and transactions as of the time that we post them, or such later date as may be specified in them or in other written notice to you.  However, the Terms (and any applicable Additional Terms) that applied when you previously used the Service will continue to apply to such prior use (i.e., changes and additions are prospective only) unless mutually agreed.  In the event any notice to you of new, revised or additional terms is determined by a tribunal to be insufficient, the prior agreement shall continue until sufficient notice to establish a new agreement occurs.  You should frequently check the home page and the e-mail you associated with your account for notices, all of which you agree are reasonable manners of providing you notice.  You can reject any new, revised or Additional Terms by discontinuing use of the Service and related services. 

14. General Provisions

A. MassCEC’s Consent or Approval.  As to any provision in these Terms or any Additional Terms that grants MassCEC a right of consent or approval, or permits MassCEC to exercise a right in its “sole discretion,” MassCEC may exercise that right in its sole and absolute discretion.  No MassCEC consent or approval may be deemed to have been granted by MassCEC without being in writing and signed by an authorized officer of MassCEC. 

B. Applicable Law.  These Terms and any Additional Terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with, and any dispute will be resolved in accordance with, the laws of Massachusetts, without regard to its conflicts of law provisions.

C. ​​Indemnity.  You hereby agree to defend, indemnify, and hold MassCEC Parties harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs, investigations, liabilities, judgments, fines, penalties, settlements, interest, and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) that directly or indirectly arise from or are related to any claim, suit, action, demand, or proceeding made or brought against any MassCEC Party, or on account of the investigation, defense, or settlement thereof, arising out of or in connection with, whether occurring heretofore or hereafter: (i) your User-Generated Content; (ii) your use of the Service and your activities in connection with the Service; (iii) your breach or alleged breach of these Terms or any Additional Terms; (iv) your violation or alleged violation of any laws, rules, regulations, codes, statutes, ordinances, or orders of any governmental or quasi-governmental authorities in connection with your use of the Service or your activities in connection with the Service; (v) information or material transmitted through your Device, even if not submitted by you, that infringes, violates, or misappropriates any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent, publicity, privacy, or other right of any person or entity; (vi) any misrepresentation made by you; or (vii) MassCEC Parties’ use of the information that you submit to us (including your User-Generated Content) (all of the foregoing, “Claims and Losses”).  You will cooperate as fully required by MassCEC Parties in the defense of any Claim and Losses.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, MassCEC Parties retain the exclusive right to settle, compromise, and pay any and all Claims and Losses.  MassCEC Parties reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any Claims and Losses.  You will not settle any Claims and Losses without, in each instance, the prior written consent of the applicable MassCEC Party or an authorized officer of the applicable MassCEC Party.

D. ​Operation of Service; Availability of Products and Services; International Issues.  MassCEC controls and operates the Service from its office in Boston, MA, and MassCEC makes no representation that the Service is appropriate or available for use beyond the U.S.A.  If you use the Service from other locations, you are doing so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws regarding your online conduct and acceptable content, if and to the extent local laws apply.  The Service may describe products and services that are available only in the U.S.A. (or only parts of it) and are not available worldwide.  We reserve the right to limit the availability of the Service and/or the provision of any content, program, product, service, or other feature described or available on the Service to any person, entity, geographic area, or jurisdiction, at any time and in our sole discretion, and to limit the quantities of any content, program, product, service, or other feature that we provide.  You and we disclaim any application to these Terms of the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

E. Export Controls.  Software related to or made available by the Service may be subject to export controls of the U.S.A.  No software from the Service may be downloaded, exported, or re-exported (i) into (or to a national or resident of) any country or other jurisdiction to which the U.S.A. has embargoed goods, software, technology or services (which, as of the effective date of these Terms, includes Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria), or (ii) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department’s Table of Deny Orders, or (iii) to anyone on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entities List as published in the Export Administration Regulations (including entities engaged in weapons of mass destruction proliferation in various countries and persons and entities that are suspected of diverting U.S. origin items to embargoed countries or terrorist end-uses).  You are responsible for complying with all trade regulations and laws both foreign and domestic.  Except as authorized by law, you agree and warrant not to export or re-export the software to any county, or to any person, entity, or end-user subject to U.S. export controls, including as set forth in subsections (i) – (iii) above.

F. Severability; Interpretation.  If any provision of these Terms, or any Additional Terms, is for any reason deemed invalid, unlawful, void, or unenforceable by a court or arbitrator of competent jurisdiction, then that provision will be deemed severable from these Terms or the Additional Terms, and the invalidity of the provision will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remainder of these Terms or the Additional Terms (which will remain in full force and effect).  To the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree to waive, and you hereby waive, any applicable statutory and common law that may permit a contract to be construed against its drafter.  Wherever the word “including” is used in these Terms or any Additional Terms, the word will be deemed to mean “including, without limitation.”  The summaries of provisions and section headings are provided for convenience only and shall not limit the full Terms.

G. Communications.  When you communicate with us electronically, such as via e-mail and text message, you consent to receive communications from us electronically.  Please note that we are not obligated to respond to inquiries that we receive.  You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. 

H. ​Investigations; Cooperation with Law Enforcement; Termination; Survival.  MassCEC reserves the right, without any limitation, to: (i) investigate any suspected breaches of its Service security or its information technology or other systems or networks, (ii) investigate any suspected breaches of these Terms and any Additional Terms, (iii) investigate any information obtained by MassCEC in accordance with its Privacy Policy in connection with reviewing law enforcement databases or complying with criminal laws, (iv) involve and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in investigating any of the foregoing matters, (v) prosecute violators of these Terms and any Additional Terms, and (vi) discontinue the Service, in whole or in part, or, except as may be expressly set forth in any Additional Terms, suspend or terminate your access to it, in whole or in part, including any user accounts or registrations, at any time, without notice, for any reason and without any obligation to you or any third party.   Any suspension or termination will not affect your obligations to MassCEC under these Terms or any Additional Terms.  Upon suspension or termination of your access to the Service, or upon notice from MassCEC, all rights granted to you under these Terms or any Additional Terms will cease immediately, and you agree that you will immediately discontinue use of the Service.  The provisions of these Terms and any Additional Terms, which by their nature should survive your suspension or termination will survive, including the rights and licenses you grant to MassCEC in these Terms, as well as the indemnities, releases, disclaimers, and limitations on liability and the provisions regarding jurisdiction, choice of law, no class action, and mandatory arbitration.

I.  Assignment.  MassCEC may assign or otherwise transfer its rights and obligations under these Terms and any Additional Terms, in whole or in part, to any party at any time without any notice.  These Terms and any Additional Terms may not be assigned or otherwise transferred by you, and you may not delegate your duties under them, without the prior written consent of an officer of MassCEC. 

J. ​No Waiver.  Except as expressly set forth in these Terms or any Additional Terms, (i) no failure or delay by you or MassCEC in exercising any of rights, powers, or remedies under these Terms or any Additional Terms will operate as a waiver of that or any other right, power, or remedy, and (ii) no waiver or modification of any term of these Terms or any Additional Terms will be effective unless in writing and signed by the party against whom the waiver or modification is sought to be enforced.  The content published on this website is subordinate to, and is not to be interpreted as an amendment to or waiver of, the federal and state laws, regulations and policies applicable to the matters addressed in the site’s content.

L. Connectivity.  You are responsible for obtaining and maintaining all Devices and other equipment and software, and all internet service provider, mobile service, and other services needed for your access to and use of the Service and you will be responsible for all charges related to them.

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