Copyright, Disclaimers, and Privacy
Conditions of Use
The Sacramento Metro Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (Sac STC) provides its services to you subject to the conditions enumerated below. If you visit the Sac STC site, you accept these conditions.
There are no hidden surprises here. Nevertheless, please read the following carefully.
Sac STC doesn’t provide information of interest to children. Some website content may not be suitable for children. If you are under 18, you may use the Sac STC website only with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
The opinions expressed on this website are those of the individual contributing members, and not necessarily those of the Society for Technical Communication, the Sacramento Metro Chapter of STC, the Administrative Council of the Sacramento Metro Chapter of STC, or other members of the Sacramento Metro Chapter of STC.
We do not commit libel. Libel is a published or broadcast false and defamatory statement that damages the reputation of an individual. According to the THE ‘ELECTRIC LAW LIBRARY(tm) (See www.lectlaw.com ) libel is:
Published material meets three conditions: the material is defamatory either on its face or indirectly; the defamatory statement is about someone who is identifiable to one or more persons, and the material must be distributed to someone other than the offended party; i.e. published; distinguished from slander.
The only complete and unconditional defense to a libel claim is proof that the statement is true. Quoting a source accurately isn’t enough; the defendant must convince a jury that his statements or the material in the statements he or she quoted are substantially correct.
In most states, public officials or figures as plaintiffs are required to prove negligence or actual malice on the part of the publisher. To prove actual malice, a person needs to show that at the time of publication or broadcast, those responsible for the story either knew it was not true or had a reckless disregard for the truth.
All content on this site (such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, and audio clips) is the property of Sac STC, except when noted otherwise. It is protected by United States and international copyright laws.
Some of the content on this site is owned by others. Some content is in the public domain.
We use copyrighted material with the permission of the copyright holder. We cite the copyright holder and the author.
Where the author has made his or her uncopyrighted content available to all (he or she has said, “rip off anything you like”), and asked for attribution, we provide an attribution.
Where the author is unknown, we say so, and we encourage the author/copyright holder to declare his or her ownership of the property.
Brief quotations are occasionally used under “fair use” rules, with no intention of exploitation or profit.
Parodies may appear on this website. Courts have determined that using others’ material in parodies generally does not constitute an infringement of copyright.
Illustrative examples of bad corporate technical writing appear on this site. We generally omit the corporations’ names to save them from further embarrassment.
Sac STC respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe we have used your work in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please inform us at [email protected]
Using our Content
We support the Internet as a tool for exchanging information. Despite all the legalese, you can use anything you want from this site, provided we own it (if we don’t own it, we can’t give you permission to use it). However, we ask you to do the following:
Obtain permission from us to use the material. Write to [email protected].
Don’t alter the material.
Don’t attempt to realize any direct monetary gain from the use of the material. To do that, you’ll have to buy rights to the material. We’re not making any money from this stuff, so why should you?
Give credit. Supply the copyright year, the copyright holder, and the words “used by permission.”
© 2011 Sacramento STC (used by permission)
Company names or product names mentioned on this site are trademarks or US-registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Although we think it’s very unlikely to happen, we are obliged to say that Sacramento STC’s graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, and scripts may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Sacramento STC’s in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers.
License and Site Access
Sacramento STC grants you a limited license to access and make personal use of this site.
This license does not include any resale or commercial use of this site or its contents. You may not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell, visit, or otherwise exploit this site for any commercial purpose without the express written consent of Sacramento STC.
You may not use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” containing Sacramento STC’s name or trademarks without our written consent. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by Sacramento STC.
You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to Sacramento STC’s home page. The link must not portray Sacramento STC in a false or misleading manner.
Some businesses (like Amazon.com) must also add, “in a derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter.” We do not add this. If you want to call this the “worst site on the web” (for example) and provide a link to us, that’s fine with us. You have permission to disparage this site.
You may use any Sacramento STC logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link, provided you have written permission from Sacramento STC. Just drop us an e-mail at [email protected]
You may submit content for use on the site. Use of your content is at the sole discretion of Sacramento STC.
If you do submit content, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant Sacramento STC a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any medium.
You grant Sacramento STC the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content if we choose. At your request, we will withhold your name, but you must supply a name. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content you submit; that the content is accurate; and that you will indemnify Sacramento STC from any and all claims that may result from our use of the content you supply.
Links to Other Sites
We may from time to time provide links to other sites, primarily for the purposes of promoting a diversity of views, sharing entertaining content, or adding dimension to your Internet experience.
We are not responsible for examining or evaluating these sites and we do not warrant the offerings of these sites. We just think they are interesting links.
We may provide links that facilitate your buying books or other products we recommend through Amazon.com by clicking on an Amazon-approved graphic or text link on our pages. We may provide links to similar sites.
When you click on an Amazon.com logo or link on this site, you will be taken to the Amazon site. We think Amazon is great, but we are not responsible for examining or evaluating, and we do not warrant the offerings of, Amazon.com or the content of its website.
Sacramento STC does not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, products, and content of any third-party sites. You should carefully review their privacy statements and other conditions of use.
We do not collect information about you.
We cannot share what we do not collect.
We will not use your name on the website without your permission.
We don’t set cookies.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
THIS SITE IS PROVIDED BY SACRAMENTO STC ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. SACRAMENTO STC MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THIS SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON THIS SITE. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, SACRAMENTO STC DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SACRAMENTO STC DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE, ITS SERVERS, OR E-MAIL SENT FROM SACRAMENTO STC ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. SACRAMENTO STC WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
Any dispute relating in any way to your visit to the Sacramento STC site shall be submitted to confidential arbitration in Nevada City, California, except that, to the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate Sacramento STC’s intellectual property rights, Sacramento STC may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any state or federal court in the state of California, and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts.
Arbitration under this agreement shall be conducted under the rules then prevailing of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator’s award shall be binding and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, no arbitration under this Agreement shall be joined to an arbitration involving any other party subject to this Agreement, whether through class arbitration proceedings or otherwise.
By visiting the Sacramento STC site, you agree that the laws of the state of California, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Conditions of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and Sacramento STC.
Site Policies, Modification, And Severability
We reserve the right to make changes to our site, policies, and these Conditions of Use at any time. If any of these conditions shall be deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition.
Our services and program of work change constantly. The details of this Conditions of Use page may change, but the principles will remain the same.
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