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Acceptable Use Policies
Acceptable Use Policies
 
 
The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc., maintains this Internet World Wide Web site as a service to the Potomac region and the Internet community at large. Its purpose is to advance the KnowledgeWay Project's mission, which is to understand and communicate the potential rewards and risks of the knowledge revolution, inspiring our community to seize its economic, educational and social opportunities, and making the region a global model of collaborative achievement.

Many people throughout the region and the larger Internet community use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site for communicating, collaborating and sharing information. Each user must share in the responsibility to use these facilities wisely, fairly and with courtesy. Read these Acceptable Use Policies carefully before accessing or using the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site. By accessing any page of the Web site beyond its "Home" page, you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation set forth herein (Agreement). If you do not wish to be bound by this Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation, do not access or use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site.

Access and use of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site, the information it makes available, the services it provides, and any derivative use thereof, are subject to the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation set forth herein and all applicable laws. The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc., may revise the Acceptable Use Policies from time to time by updating this posting with a clear message in the "What’s New" and "Home" pages stating that there are changes in the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site Acceptable Use Policies. The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project reserves the right to remove any objectionable material or terminate any misuse of services which contravene these agreements of fair conduct and participation.

In essence, the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation amount to some common sense principles which can be summarized in 10 points. Be sure to read this entire document carefully however. You must agree to the full text of the Code and Terms in order to participate at the KnowledgeWay Project's Web site.

Summary Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation

  1. You will use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site in the spirit of the KnowledgeWay Project’s mission.

  2. You accept responsibility to keep your postings accurate and current.

  3. You will not abuse the information provided by reselling it, by using it for commercial or political purposes, for mass communications or to invade the privacy of others through unwelcome communications.

  4. You accept the rights of all people to free association in the use of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site except where the Project has determined that their information or behavior contravenes the Acceptable Use Policies. You will in no way interfere with that right, act or communicate with threat or hostility, or attempt to alter information or communications that do not belong to you.

  5. You will not post or transmit objectionable material and will communicate courteously and with regard to the feelings of others.

  6. You will observe and obey the rules of copyright and personal property.

  7. You will not use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site for illegal activities.

  8. You agree that neither the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project nor any of its affiliates, agents and partners are responsible for any damages of any type that you may incur through use of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site or any of its products or services.

  9. You agree to observe all copyrights and limitations on use of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site and the information posted on it.

  10. You accept that this Agreement applies to you, will abide by all service marks and accept the legal provisions for governing law, forum and integration.
The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation
  1. Fulfilling the spirit of The Potomac KnowledgeWay Mission
    The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project's mission is to further understanding and communication of the potential rewards and risks of the knowledge revolution, inspiring our community to seize its economic, educational and social opportunities, and making the region a global model of collaborative achievement. Each and every use and application of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site information and services should, in some way, contribute to or further the fulfillment of the Project's mission.

  2. Accuracy of Information and Communications
    The accuracy, relevance and quality of the information and communications provided by individuals such as yourself set the tone and level of quality for Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site. For this reason you agree that the information contained in any of contributions you make available for use with or through the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site will be accurate to the best of your knowledge. You also agree to keep entered or posted information that is retained in Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site current and, when applicable, purged once the information has served its purpose.

  3. Use and Abuse of Information and Communications
    You agree to respect the rights of others relative to the contact and resource information that is made available through Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site and, specifically agree not to use the contact information to solicit business or for mass communications, either through electronic, telephone or direct mail means. Although it is certainly envisioned that the information and services will help you advance your business or institution, you agree not to resell, package or convey this information and services to others for direct commercial or political application.

  4. Freedom of Association and Non-Interference
    As a user of Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site, you acknowledge that it is a shared community resource open to all to freely communicate, share information and produce content that is of benefit to the Potomac region and the communities within it. Users with any areas of interest or background have the right to associate online via Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site, so long as they do so within the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation herein.

    Many people and organizations post information on the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site through its Roadmap, Exchange, Contacts and other facilities. You are expected not to alter, damage or delete any information or communications that are not of your own posting, ownership or responsibility or to otherwise interfere with the ability of another to use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site for information posting or communication.

  5. Material You Submit
    You agree not to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, profane or otherwise objectionable information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that constitutes a criminal offense, restricts a civil liberty or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law, including without limitation the United States export control laws and regulations. Additionally, you agree to limit your language to that which is appropriate for presentation to and use by all age groups and demographic sectors and that you will demonstrate a courtesy for others.

    While you may retain the copyright in material you upload or post to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site, all such material you submit will become part of a database, the compilation copyright in which is owned exclusively by the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. In addition, (1) you grant to the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. and other Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site subscribers a royalty-free, perpetual, world-wide, irrevocable license to use, copy, create derivative works of and redistribute all materials you submit to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site; (2) you warrant that you have all rights necessary in the materials you submit to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site to grant the foregoing license and that the use of such material by the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. and other Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site subscribers will not infringe on any other party's rights; and (3) you agree to indemnify and hold the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. and its subscribers harmless from any claims or damages arising as a result of your use of the system or the materials you upload or post to the system, including but not limited to any attorneys' fees and expenses incurred by Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc.

  6. Observe and Obey the Rules of Copyright and Personal Property
    You agree to respect all copyright, trademarks and service marks regarding software, information and attributions of authorship. You will not upload, post, publish, transmit, reproduce, or distribute in any way, information, software or other material that is copyrighted, or derivative works with respect thereto, to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site or obtained from Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site without the prior written permission of the copyright owner or rightholder. Similarly, you agree to recognize and carry forward trademark and service marks applicable to these materials.

  7. Use for Illegal Activities Prohibited
    The use of Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site for any illegal activities is prohibited. Illegal activities include, but are not limited to, tampering with information data bases and software, unauthorized entry to other networks or computers, trafficking in illegal products or substances, disobeying trade restrictions, violating civil rights laws, or knowledgeable vandalism or destruction of online files.

  8. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY
    THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., PROVIDES THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, TRUSTEES AND PARTNERS CANNOT AND DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY, AUTHORITY, COMPLETENESS, USEFULNESS, TIMELINESS , NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE SERVICES AND INFORMATION. NEITHER THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, TRUSTEES AND PARTNERS SHALL BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY CAUSED IN WHOLE OR PART, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS OWN NEGLIGENCE, CONTINGENCIES BEYOND ITS CONTROL, LOSS OF DATA, OR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES AS WELL AS THOSE IN OTHER INFORMATION AND SERVICES WHICH ARE REFERENCED BY OR LINKED TO POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE.

    IN NO EVENT WILL THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS, TRUSTEES AND PARTNERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR ACTION TAKEN BY YOU IN RELIANCE ON SUCH POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES OR FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

    THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES COULD INCLUDE TECHNICAL OR OTHER INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION AND SERVICES HEREIN; THESE CHANGES WILL BE INCORPORATED IN NEW VERSIONS OF POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE AND ARE INCLUDED IN THE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY. THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES AT ANY TIME.

  9. Copyright and Limitations on Use
    Certain sections of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site information and services contain material which is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Those sections, such as "Living in a Network World" are marked with a copyright notice within their respective sections. These copyrighted documents and services may be displayed, reformatted and printed for your personal, non-commercial use only. You agree not to reproduce, retransmit, distribute, disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate the information and services provided through Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site to anyone, including but not limited to others in the same company or organization, without the express prior written consent of The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc., or the lawful copyright holder, with this one exception: you may, on an occasional and irregular basis, include insubstantial portions of information from the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site information and services in hard copy and electronic memoranda, reports, or presentations, but only if such memoranda, reports and presentations are distributed or otherwise made available for a noncommercial purpose, to a limited number of individuals. You must include in all such memoranda, reports and presentations all copyright notices and an original source attribution to The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site and its URL address. All other uses of copyrighted material, including any derivative use, requires express prior written permission from The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc.

  10. Agreement
    This agreement is personal to you, and you may not assign your rights or obligations to anyone. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.

  11. Service Marks
    The following are service marks of The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc.: The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, The Potomac KnowledgeWay, KnowledgeWay, and the KnowledgeWay Connected logo.

  12. Governing Law and Forum
    This Agreement, all intellectual property issues, and your rights and obligations shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia governing contracts wholly entered into and wholly performed with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Any and all proceedings relating to or arising from this Agreement shall be maintained in the courts of the County of Fairfax, of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, which courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over such proceedings, and you hereby consent to the jurisdiction of such courts.

  13. Integration
    This code of conduct and terms of participation, and any supplemental code and terms posted on the system, represents the entire agreement between you and the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. regarding Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site, and it supersedes and merges all prior proposals, understandings and other agreements, oral and written, between us.

Thank you for reading and agreeing to this Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation.

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