Terms of Use
July 14, 2008
Version 1.0

Access to and use of this site (www.downsizedc.org & secure.downsizedc.org & the DC Downsizer's Blog, hereafter simply DownsizeDC.org) is provided by DownsizeDC.org, Inc. and is subject to the following terms:

1. By using DownsizeDC.org you agree to be legally bound by these terms, which shall take effect immediately on your first use of DownsizeDC.org. If you do not agree to be legally bound by all the following terms, then please, do not access and/or use DownsizeDC.org.

2. DownsizeDC.org, Inc. may change these terms at any time by posting changes online. Please review these terms regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes made by DownsizeDC.org, Inc. Your continued use of DownsizeDC.org after changes are posted means you agree to be legally bound by these terms as updated and/or amended.

Use of DownsizeDC.org

3. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, download, post, broadcast, transmit, make available to the public, or otherwise use DownsizeDC.org content in any way except for your own personal, non-commercial use. You also agree not to adapt, alter or create a derivative work from any DownsizeDC.org content except for your own personal, non-commercial use. Any other use of DownsizeDC.org content requires the prior written permission of DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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Intellectual Property

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Contributions to DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

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* 11.1 warrant that your contribution:

* 11.1.1 is your own original work and that you have the right to make it available to DownsizeDC.org, Inc. for all the purposes specified above;

* 11.1.2 is not defamatory;

* 11.1.3 does not infringe any copyright or trademark right, or violate any law.

* 11.2 you further warrant that you will indemnify DownsizeDC.org, Inc. against all legal fees, damages and other expenses that may be incurred by DownsizeDC.org, Inc. as a result of your breach of the above warranty; and

* 11.3 you waive any moral rights in your contribution for the purposes of its submission to and publication on DownsizeDC.org and the purposes specified above.

DownsizeDC.org Blog Rules

12. You agree to use any DownsizeDC.org blogs, bulletin boards, or chat rooms in accordance with the following Rules. These apply across all DownsizeDC.org sites and services. You should, however, read the local house rules of the particular site or service you are using, as there may be some local variations to these Rules.

About Your Posts

* Contributions must be civil and tasteful

* No impersonation — and we mean absolutely none!

* No disruptive, offensive or abusive behavior: contributions must be constructive and polite, not mean-spirited or contributed with the intention of causing trouble.

* No unlawful or objectionable content. Unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, harmful, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, racially offensive, or otherwise objectionable material is not acceptable.

* If you use multiple logins for the purpose of disrupting the community or annoying other users, you may have action taken against your accounts.

* Be patient: users of all ages and abilities may be taking part in the relevant DownsizeDC.org Blog.

* No spamming or off-topic material: we don't allow the submission of the same or very similar contributions many times. Please don't re-submit your contribution to more than one discussion, or contribute off-topic material in subject-specific areas.

* No advertising. And once again, we mean NONE.

* No inappropriate (e.g. vulgar, offensive etc) user names, nor links to inappropriate URL's (websites).

* Misuse of the complaints facility is not permitted. If you persist in doing this, action may be taken against your account.


At DownsizeDC.org blog, bulletin boards, and chat room areas we advise that you never reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else (for example: telephone number, home address, or even email address), and please do not include postal addresses of any kind. While this information is necessary for sending a message to Congress, it is not necessary to Blog or chat. Remember, your information is protected when you register to send a message using our Educate the Powerful System: For more details see our Privacy Policy. If you have a helpful address to share, inform the host of the relevant Blog, bulletin board, or chat room using the 'Contact Us' link, and they will promote it if they see fit.

Certain Legal Restrictions / Notes

* You may not submit any defamatory or illegal material of any nature to a DownsizeDC.org Blog. This includes text, graphics, video, programs or audio.

* Contributing material with the intention of committing or promoting an illegal act is strictly prohibited.

* You agree to submit only materials which are your own original work. You must not violate, plagiarize, or infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trade mark, trade secrets, and privacy, personal or proprietary rights. Fair use is cool; but give credit where credit is due.

* The views expressed in the comments section of the DownsizeDC.org Blog areas are those of members of the public and are not necessarily those of DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

If you are under 18:

* Please get a parent's or guardian's permission before taking part in any DownsizeDC.org discussion.

* Never, ever reveal any personal information about yourself or anyone else (for example, telephone number, home address or email address).

If you breach these Terms of Use:

If you fail to abide by these Rules (and/or any variations in the relevant local rules for any section of the site) when taking part in the DownsizeDC.org Blog or other community service, and such violation is detected, you will be sent an e-mail which informs you why your contribution has been failed or edited. This email will also include a warning that continuing to break the rules may result in action being taken against your account or accounts.

This action may include your relevant account or accounts being placed into pre-moderation or a temporary or permanent suspension of your ability to participate in any or all of the DownsizeDC.org areas/services.

If you post or send offensive or inappropriate content anywhere on or to DownsizeDC.org Blogs or otherwise engage in any disruptive behavior on DownsizeDC.org, and DownsizeDC.org, Inc. considers such behavior to be serious and/or repeated, then DownsizeDC.org, Inc. may use whatever information is available to it about you to stop any further such infringements. This may include informing relevant third parties such as your employer, school or email provider about the infringement(s).

DownsizeDC.org, Inc. reserves the right to delete any contribution, or take action against any account, at any time, for any reason.


13. If there is any conflict between these terms and specific terms appearing elsewhere on DownsizeDC.org (including local rules for any section of the site), then the latter shall prevail.

14. If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid, or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, invalid, or unenforceable, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive, remain in full force and effect, and continue to be binding and enforceable.

15. These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the United States.

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