Terms of Service

May 2010

Welcome to DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com

DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com offers an open platform for (industrial) designers with an interest in sustainable design. Our mission is to provide and share
• Knowledge about sustainable design, tools and methods,
• Best practices in product design, sustainable materials and
• Case studies of best practice solution of designers and/or industries
Our mission is to support all designers to excel in good sustainable design not only in functionality and profit but also for society (the customers, workers and people in general) but also for the environment through it’s whole life cycle.
These Terms of Use (“Terms”) are a legal agreement between you and DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com (our “Website”) and govern your use of our Website either as a visitor or as a registered user. Use of and access to our Website is subject to your compliance with these Terms, so please read them carefully before using our Website. DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com reserves the right to limit or terminate your access to our Website or terminate or suspend your registration for failure to comply with the terms and policies posted on our Website, or for any reason at any time.
BY ACCESSING AND USING OUR WEBSITE IN ANY WAY, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DO NOT USE OUR WEBSITE IN ANY MANNER.

MODIFICATIONS TO THE TERMS OF USE
DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com may change, modify, update, add, or remove portions of these Terms at any time. Please check these Terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of our Website following the posting of any changes will signify your acceptance of those changes.

REGISTRATION
To use certain parts of our Website (e.g., posting articles, using forum), you will be asked to provide certain information about yourself, including your first name, e-mail address, password, country.
Cancelling registration can be done anytime in the personal profile. In case of death, please send the request including copy of death certificate and account name to policy@design-4-sustainability.com after which we will close the account.

PRIVACY POLICY
DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com respects your desire for privacy and takes care to protect personal information that you provide to us. DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com’s privacy policy can be found at http://www.DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com/privacy. By using our Website, you are consenting to the terms of our privacy policy.

COMMUNITY GUIDELINES
DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com has created community areas and group discussions so you can share your experiences, ask and/or answer questions of other users, and share articles on products and more. DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com’s community is an interesting place to share, learn and interact. In keeping with this spirit of community, we have a core set of principles and guidelines that must be followed by all members and users.

USING OUR WEBSITE
DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com provides you with access to a great variety of resources. The materials, information, and links to third party sites, provided on our Website, including but not limited to information, documents, images, articles, advice, time-saving tips and checklists, easy-to-use tools, products, software, and services, if applicable (“Materials”), are provided either by DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com or by others and may be copyrighted and/or protected by other intellectual property rights. DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com hereby grants you limited permission to use the Materials provided by DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com subject to these Terms, as long as the use of such Materials is solely for your own informational use. Unless stated within the Materials, none of the Materials may be copied, reproduced, distributed, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including but not limited to electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or other means, without the prior express written permission of DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com and/or the appropriate owner. Also, you may not “mirror” any Materials contained on our Website or any other server without DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com’s prior written consent.

NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE
While using our Website, you may not
restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying our Website;
post or transmit any unlawful, fraudulent, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, profane, threatening, abusive, hateful, offensive, or otherwise objectionable information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, constitute unauthorized practice of a professional service, or otherwise violate any local, state, national, or foreign law or regulations;
post or transmit any advertisements, solicitations, chain letters, pyramid schemes, investment opportunities or schemes, or other unsolicited commercial communication (except as otherwise expressly permitted by DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com), or engage in spamming, phishing, or flooding;
use any robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means to access our Website or services for any purpose without our express written permission; however, this provision shall not apply to the indexing or updating of search engines;
post or transmit any information or software that contains a virus, Trojan horse, worm, or other harmful component;
post, publish, transmit, reproduce, distribute, or in any way exploit any information, software, or other material obtained through our Website for commercial purposes (other than as expressly permitted by the provider of such information, software, or other material);
upload, post, publish, transmit, reproduce, or distribute in any way information, software, or other material obtained through our Website which is protected by copyright or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without obtaining permission of the copyright owner or right holder; or
upload, post, publish, reproduce, transmit, or distribute in any way any component of our Website itself or derivative works with respect thereto without our prior written consent, as our Website is protected under U.S. copyright laws.

LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES; ADVERTISERS; THIRD PARTY SERVICES
In attempting to provide you with comprehensive and useful resources, our Website may contain links to third-party websites, which are not under the control of DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com. DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com is not responsible for the content of or products provided by any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. Inclusion of any link does not imply that DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com endorses, guarantees, or accepts any responsibility for the content or products on such a third-party site.

In addition, DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com will accept advertising on our Website. Any dealings that you have with advertisers found on DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com are between you and the advertiser and you acknowledge and agree that we are not liable for any loss or claim you may have against an advertiser.

CHANGES TO OUR WEBSITE
In an effort to continually improve our Website we may add additional services or make changes to existing services. In that event these Terms shall apply to the new services and to any changes to existing services.

POSTING OF USER CONTENT
Certain areas of our Website may allow you to post content including your experiences, information, messages, or other material (“Your Content”). For instance, you may use our commenting, forum, or other community areas to post Your Content. Please be aware that these areas are public and not confidential. You may not post any content that violates these Terms of Use or any third party rights.

DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com does not claim ownership of any of Your Content that you may post. However, by posting Your Content to public areas on DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com, you grant DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com, its affiliates, partners, and distributors the right to use, copy, display, perform, distribute, adapt, create derivative works, and promote Your Content in any medium and any manner whatsoever, and to use your display name to attribute your postings to you. In addition to Your Content, you may submit feedback to us. We encourage you to provide us feedback. You agree that we will own all intellectual property that we create based upon or incorporating your feedback.

NO DUTY TO MONITOR
You agree that we are not liable for content that is provided by others. While some community areas are monitored for relevance, we have no obligation to prescreen content that may be posted in such areas and are not responsible for such postings. While we have no duty to prescreen content, we have the right to refuse to post or to edit submitted content. We reserve the right to remove content for any reason, but we are not responsible for any failure or delay in removing such material.

PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
At DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com, we respect the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied and is accessible on DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please contact us to report possible copyright infringement by writing contact@Design-4-Sustainability.com When contacting us, please provide us the following information:
A full description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site; Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
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
A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or are authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.

DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com’s agent can be reached as follows:

By email:
policy@DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com regarding this subject matter, and they govern your use of our Website. The failure of DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of these Terms to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms remain in full force and effect. Regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of DESIGN-4-SUSTAINABILITY.com or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

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