Website User Agreement
Effective: July 2014
Acceptance of Terms
Binding Contract. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT IS A BINDING CONTRACT BETWEEN YOU AND BEF CONTAINING IMPORTANT LEGAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.
Use and Assent. Your continued use of the Site indicates your acknowledgement that you have read this Agreement in its entirety and that you assent without limitation or qualification to be bound by and comply with its terms. You agree that all uses of the terms “you” and “your” apply directly to you, independent of your intent, purpose or status on the Site. If you do not wish to be bound by and comply with the terms of this Agreement, do not use the Site.
Changes to Agreement. BEF reserves the right to make, at its sole discretion, any changes, modifications, additions or deletions to all or portions of this Agreement at any time. BEF recommends that you review this Agreement frequently. If BEF makes a material change to this Agreement, BEF will notify you by standard mail or email, or by clear notice on the Site. The changes will not be effective as to you until notice has been provided and you have assented to the changes through continued use of the Site after the notice. You agree to be bound by all of the terms of this and all future versions of this Agreement; provided, that the notice has been given, and for as long as you use the Site. You agree that your exclusive remedy in the event that BEF makes changes to this Agreement will be to terminate and immediately discontinue your use of the Site and any services offered through the Site.
Description of Services. Through the Site, BEF provides the ability for users to download classroom activities; rate and comment on activities; and upload their own variations of existing activities or newly authored activities into the Teacher Activity Center to share with other site users (the “Service”). Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the Site or the Service will be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Responsibility for Access. In order to access the Site and use the Service, you must obtain, at your own expense, access to the Internet, either directly or indirectly through devices that access web-based content, and pay any service fees associated with such access. In addition, you must provide, at your own expense, all equipment necessary to make such connection to the Internet, including a computer and modem or other access device.
Your Registration Obligations. In order to access some parts of the Site, you will be required to register on the Site (“Registration”). Your Registration will entitle you to certain privileges. In connection with such Registration process, you may be requested to provide: (a) true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself (the “Registration Data”), and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. You may update your Registration Data on the Site or through the contact address available on the Site (http://www.solar4rschools.org/contact). If you provide any Registration Data that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or complete, or if BEF has reasonable grounds to suspect that such Registration Data is untrue, inaccurate, not current or complete, BEF has the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate your use of the Service by blocking your registration account and refusing any and all future use of the Site or the Service (or any portion thereof).
Account, Password and Security. If you obtain a Registration, as described above in Section 4, you will choose a password and account username during the Registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account username, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur in association with your password or account username. You agree to (a) immediately notify BEF of any unauthorized use of your password or account username or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session so as to prevent any unauthorized use of your account by anyone who may use your computer after you. BEF will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section. BEF will act as though any communication it received under your password and account username will have been made by you. BEF reserves the right to remove or rename any account username that contains offensive or potentially offensive language or meaning.
User Content and Conduct. All information, data, text, or other materials that you provide at the Site in connection with use of the Service (“User Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are your sole responsibility. This means that you, and not BEF, are entirely responsible for all User Content that you provide, upload, post, email or otherwise transmit via the Site. BEF does not control the User Content provided by you and any other users or registered user of the Site and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such User Content. Under no circumstances will BEF be liable in any way for any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site.
Teacher Activity Center
BEF and the Solar 4R SchoolsTM program provide activities at no charge for use by educators incorporating renewable energy teachings into their lesson plans. The successful use of activities may depend on a wide range of factors including but not limited to the skills of the educator, learning abilities of students, and other factors outside of BEF’s control. BEF makes no representation or warranty that any given activity can be successfully completed under any and all conditions. Educators and students conduct the activities at your own risk. Neither BEF, nor its employees or volunteers, shall be liable for any claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising from or related to your use of the activities or any action or omission of BEF in providing the activities.
Transfer. The resale or transfer of the Service and any related products is not permitted, unless specifically permitted and documented in a written agreement. Any attempt to transfer your password and account username or registration or to allow others to use or make use of the Service shall be null and void and is grounds for immediate termination of your registration.
Unacceptable Conduct. You agree that BEF may at any time, and at its sole discretion, terminate your registration without prior notice to you if it suspects you have violated any of the above provisions, the copyright of any party, or for other reasons that BEF deems to necessitate such termination. You agree that upon termination, BEF may delete all files and information related to your account and may bar access to your account. Further, you agree that BEF shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the Site or the Service.
Prohibited Content. The following is a partial list of the kind of content that is illegal or prohibited to post on or through the Site or through use of the Service. BEF reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in BEF’s sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, removing the offending content from the Site and terminating your registration on the Site. Prohibited content includes, but is not limited to content that, in the sole discretion of BEF: (a) is patently offensive and promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual; (b) harasses or advocates harassment of another person; (c) exploits people in a sexual or violent manner; (d) contains violence, or offensive subject matter or contains a link to an adult website; (e) solicits personal information from anyone under 18 years of age; (f) provides any telephone numbers, street addresses, last names, URLs or email addresses; (g) promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous; (h) promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person’s copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files; (i) furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone’s privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses; (j) solicits passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other users of the Site; or (k) involves commercial activities and/or sales without our prior written consent such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes.
Prohibited Illegal Activities. The following is a partial list of the kind of activity that is illegal or prohibited on the Site and through your use of the Service. BEF reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in BEF’s sole discretion, violates this provision, including without limitation, reporting you to law enforcement authorities. Prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to: (a) criminal or tortious activity, including child pornography, fraud, trafficking in obscene material, drug dealing, gambling, harassment, stalking, spamming, spimming, sending of viruses or other harmful files, copyright infringement, patent infringement, or theft of trade secrets; (b) advertising to, or solicitation of, any user of the Site to buy or sell any products or services through the Service. It is also a violation of these rules to use any information obtained from the Service in order to contact, advertise to, solicit, or sell to any user of the Site without their prior explicit consent; (c) any automated use of the system, such as using scripts to add friends or send comments or messages; (d) interfering with, disrupting, or creating an undue burden on the Service or the networks or services connected to the Service; (e) attempting to impersonate another user of the Site or other person; (f) using the account, username, or password of another user of the Site at any time or disclosing your password to any third party or permitting any third party to access your account; (g) selling or otherwise transferring your profile; (h) using any information obtained from the Site or the Service in order to harass, abuse, or harm another person; (i) displaying an advertisement on your profile, or accepting payment or anything of value from a third person in exchange for your performing any commercial activity on or through the Service on behalf of that person, such as placing commercial content on your profile, posting blogs or bulletins with a commercial purpose, or sending private messages with a commercial purpose; or (j) using the Service in a manner inconsistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations.
System and Network Security
Restrictions. In order to protect the security and integrity of the Site or the Service, you may not (and you agree that you will not):
Circumvention. Attempt to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account (“cracking”). This includes, but is not limited to, accessing data not intended for you, unauthorized use (or attempted unauthorized use) of any machines or networks, logging into a server or account that you are not expressly authorized to access, falsifying header information or your registration information, monitoring or scanning the networks of others without permission, or probing the security of other networks.
Interference. Attempt to interfere with service of any other user, host or network (“denial of service attacks”). This includes, but is not limited to “flooding” of networks, deliberate attempts to overload a service, and attempts to “crash” a host.
Use Programs. Use any kind of program, script, or command, or send messages of any kind, designed to interfere with another user’s terminal session, via any means, locally or through the Internet.
Violate Law. Use BEF’s network, machines or the Site or the Services in any manner that violate any applicable law, regulation, treaty or tariff.
Liability. Any person who violates the above-listed systems or network security provisions may incur criminal or civil liability. BEF will cooperate fully with investigations of violations of systems or network security provisions at other web sites, including cooperating with law enforcement authorities in the investigation of suspected criminal violations.
Dealings with Third Parties. Your correspondence or business with, or participation in promotions of, third-party supporters or advertisers found on or through the Site, including payment and delivery of related goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. BEF shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such supporters on the Site. BEF does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any information or content contained on, distributed through, linked to or from, or downloaded or accessed from the Site, nor the quality of any third-parties’ products or services. References to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise, does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by BEF.
Links. The Site may contain links to third-party web sites. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and not as an endorsement by BEF of the contents on such third-party web sites. BEF has no control of third-party web sites and does not make any representations regarding the content, accuracy or reliability of materials on such third-party web sites. If you decide to access linked third-party web sites, you do so at your own risk. BEF 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 third-party web site or any goods or services available on or through any such web site or resource.
Disclaimer of Warranties. BEF MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED FROM USING THE SITE OR THE SERVICE. THE USE OF THE SITE OR THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SITE AND THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. BEF, TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OF IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. BEF MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT: (a) THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (b) THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE, (c) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (d) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SITE OR SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (e) ANY ERRORS RELATING TO THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SITE OR THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM BEF OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SITE OR THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THIS AGREEMENT.
BEF MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED FROM USING THE SITE OR THE SERVICE. BEF, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OF IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Limitation of Liability. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL BEF BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF USE, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF GOODWILL OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSS, OR LOSS OF DAMAGE TO ANY SOFTWARE OR HARDWARE, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF BEF OR BEF’s AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE, MISUSE, INABILITY TO USE OR RELIANCE ON THE SITE OF THE DESTINATIONS REACHABLE THROUGH OR BECAUSE OF THE SITE OR SERVICE OR THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS, CONTENT OR PRODUCTS CONTAINED IN, ACCESSED THROUGH, OR AVAILABLE ON THE SITE OR THE SERVICE. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF BEF WHETHER IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE WHETHER ACTIVE, PASSIVE OR IMPUTED), PRODUCT LIABILITY, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF THE SITE OR THE SERVICE EXCEED THE COMPENSATION, IF ANY, YOU PAID BEF FOR ACCESS TO THE SITE OR THE SERVICE OR ANY PORTION THEREOF.
IMPORTANT NOTE: SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR HOW LONG THEY LAST, OR THE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS OF INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THAT SUCH LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DEALING AS A CONSUMER, YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS THAT CANNOT BE WAIVED, IF ANY, ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THESE PROVISIONS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY AND WARRANTY PROVIDED IN THIS AGREEMENT ARE FAIR AND REASONABLE.
Force Majeure. Without limiting any of the foregoing, under no circumstances shall BEF be liable for any delay or failure in performance which is directly or indirectly caused by or arises from forces beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to, acts of God or nature (such as fires, floods, earthquakes or storms), accidents, war, explosions, riots, civil disturbances, labor shortages, labor strikes, labor disturbances, non-performance of third parties, governmental action, governmental interference, embargoes, orders of foreign or domestic courts or tribunals, Internet failures, power failures, computer equipment failures, telecommunications equipment failures or unsatisfactory performance by heating, ventilation or air conditioning systems.
Indemnity. By using the Site or the Service, you agree to indemnify BEF and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, consultants, agents, and employees and hold them harmless from any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees arising from your use of the Site or the Service or from your breach of this Agreement.
Copyright and Content. By accepting this Agreement, you agree that all Company Content (defined below) is the sole property of BEF who shall retain all right, title and interest in and to the Company Content, which may not be reproduced without prior written consent of BEF. The Site and the Company Content are protected by U.S. and international copyright law and conventions. BEF reserves all rights not expressly granted to you by this Agreement. All Company Content on the Site is the sole and exclusive property of BEF or its licensors. You agree that you will preserve and honor any copyright or other notices included in any Company Content that you may download from or through this Site. Under no circumstances are you allowed to copy (other than temporary copies that may appear in or be created by your browser and one copy you may make for your personal use), distribute, publish, perform, display, transmit, modify, create derivative works of, sell, license or transfer in any way, exploit for any commercial purposes any of the Company Content by any means now known or later developed or incorporate or display such in any form, medium or technology by any means now known or later developed.
Rights of Others. BEF respects the intellectual property rights of others, and BEF asks you and all other users of the Site to do the same. If you believe the Site contains any work that infringes on the copyright of another, please provide BEF with a notice containing the following information: (a) an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; (b) a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon; (c) a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Site; (d) your address, telephone number and e-mail address; (e) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (f) a statement made by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Company Content. For purposes of this Agreement, “Company Content” means any and all data, information, compilations, text, forms, articles, messages, chat, code, files, software, programs, digital downloads, photographs, pictures, graphics, images, logos, videos, music, sounds, audio clips, material, content, products, services, functionality, and any other materials be they digital, analog, and any other material, be it tangible or intangible, or services found in or through any Internet resource, and all proprietary information on the Site that belongs to BEF or its licensors.
Severability. If any provision in this Agreement or the documents it incorporates by reference is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, it will be enforced to the furthest extent possible and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.
Survival. All provisions of this Agreement which impose obligations continuing in their nature shall survive the termination or expiration of this Agreement, including but not limited to, provisions for indemnity, limits on liability and licenses.
Governing Law. This Agreement, your rights and obligations and all actions contemplated by this Agreement will be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the State of Oregon (without regard to its conflict of law provisions), as if the Agreement were a contract wholly entered into and wholly performed in Multnomah County, Oregon, independent of your actual state or country of residence. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement whether at law or in equity will be resolved exclusively in the federal or state courts located in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of such courts.
Waiver. The failure of BEF to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. For any waiver to be effective between you and BEF, it must be in writing and signed by the parties.
Time Limitation on Actions. You agree that any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Site or the Service must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
Violations. If you violate this Agreement your access to the Site and the Service may be terminated without any refund, if applicable, at BEF’s sole and absolute discretion.