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The terms of use of this website were drafted in 2005.  Since then we have decided to become more open source.  We need volunteers to help draft a better terms of use!  Until then, these stronger terms remain in effect.

Acceptance of Terms

Welcome to the website (the “website”) of The FOCUS FUSION SOCIETY (“FFS”).

On this website, FFS may make available to you a wide range of information, downloads, documents, communications, files, text, graphics, publications, content, tools, forums, resources, and services.

Read our Trademark Usage Guideline

PLEASE READ THE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE. By accessing and using this website in any way, including, without limitation, browsing the website, using any information, using any content, using any services, downloading any materials, giving money, and/or placing an order for products or services, you agree to and are bound by the terms of use described in this document (“Terms of Use”). IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE Terms of Use CONTAINED IN THE TERMS OF USE, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE IN ANY MANNER. The Terms of Use are entered into by and between FFS and you. If you are using the website on behalf of your employer, you represent that you are authorized to accept these Terms of Use on your employer’s behalf. FFS reserves the right, at FFS’s sole discretion, to change, modify, update, add, or remove portions of the Terms of Use at any time without notice to you. Please check these Terms of Use for changes. Your continued use of this website following the posting of changes to the Terms of Use will mean you accept those changes.

Use of Materials Limitations

Except where noted, all materials contained in the website are the copyrighted property of FFS, its subsidiaries, affiliated companies and/or third-party licensors. All trademarks, service marks, and trade names are proprietary to FFS, or its subsidiaries or affiliated companies and/or third-part licensors.

Unless otherwise specified, the materials and services on this website are for your personal and non-commercial use, and you may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the website without the written permission from FFS.

Privacy Policy

FFS respects your desire for privacy. FFS’s Privacy Policy can be found on our privacy page. By using the website, you are consenting to the processing of your data by FFS and consenting to the terms of our Privacy Policy.

Use of Documents and Publications on the Website

Except as expressly prohibited on this website, you are permitted to view, copy, print and distribute publications and documents within this website (such as FAQs, white papers, datasheets, press releases and so on), subject to your agreement that:

a. your use of the information is for informational, personal, and non-commercial purposes only,

b. you will not modify the documents, publications or graphics,

c. you will not copy or distribute graphics separate from their accompanying text and you will not quote materials out of their context,

d. you will display the below copyright notice and other proprietary notices on every copy you make, and

e. you agree that FFS may revoke this permission at any time and you shall immediately stop your activities related to this permission upon notice from FFS. Use for any other purpose is expressly prohibited by law, and may result in severe civil and criminal penalties. Violators will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible.

The permission above to use documents and publications does not include permission to copy the design elements, look and feel, or layout of this website. Those elements of the website are protected by law, such as trade dress, trademark, unfair competition, and other laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part. No logo, graphic, sound or image from the website may be copied or retransmitted unless expressly permitted by FFS.

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE, FFS AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS AND RELATED GRAPHICS PUBLISHED ON THE WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE, ALL SUCH DOCUMENTS AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE, FFS AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, INCLUDING ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL FFS AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE WEBSITE.

THE DOCUMENTS AND RELATED GRAPHICS PUBLISHED ON THE SERVICES COULD INCLUDE TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. FFS AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE PRODUCT(S) AND/OR THE PROGRAM(S) DESCRIBED HEREIN AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.

Disclaimers and Other Notices on the User of the Website

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE, ALL INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, DOCUMENTATION, MATERIALS, SERVICES AND PUBLICATION ARE PROVIDED “AS-IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND AND FFS HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN ADDITION, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE, FFS DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OF NON-INFRINGEMENT, TITLE, OR QUIET ENJOYMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL FFS AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE, USE OR PERFORMANCE OF SOFTWARE, DOCUMENTS, MATERIALS, PUBLICATIONS, PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE WEBSITE.

EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED OTHERWISE, YOU ASSUME ALL RISKS CONCERNING THE SUITABILITY AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION WITHIN THE WEBSITE, MATERIALS, PUBLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTS. THE WEBSITE, MATERIALS, PUBLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTS MAY CONTAIN TECHNICAL INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. FFS ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR AND DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR ANY SUCH INACCURACIES, ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THE WEBSITE, MATERIALS, PUBLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTS AND IN ANY OTHER REFERENCE.

FFS MAY MAKE CHANGES TO THE WEBSITE, INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, WEBSITE, DOCUMENTS, PUBLICATIONS, PRICES, TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS, PRODUCT OFFERINGS AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION AND MATERIALS ON THE WEBSITE AT ANY TIME AND WITHOUT NOTICE.

THE WEBSITE, DOCUMENTS AND PUBLICATIONS ARE DISTRIBUTED INTERNATIONALLY AND MAY CONTAIN REFERENCES OR CROSS-REFERENCES TO FFS PRODUCTS, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED OR AVAILABLE IN YOUR COUNTRY. SUCH REFERENCES DO NOT IMPLY THAT FFS INTENDS TO ANNOUNCE SUCH PRODUCTS, PROGRAMS, OR SERVICES IN YOUR COUNTRY. CONSULT YOUR LOCAL FFS BUSINESS CONTACT FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE PRODUCTS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES WHICH MAY BE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

THE WEBSITE CONTAINS LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES WHICH ARE NOT UNDER THE CONTROL OF FFS AND FFS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENTS ON ANY LINKED SITE OR ANY LINK CONTAINED IN A LINKED SITE, OR ANY CHANGES OR UPDATES TO SUCH SITES. FFS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEBCASTING OR ANY OTHER FORM OF TRANSMISSION RECEIVED FROM ANY LINKED SITE. FFS IS PROVIDING THESE LINKS TO YOU ONLY AS A CONVENIENCE, AND THE INCLUSION OF ANY LINK DOES NOT IMPLY THAT FFS ENDORSES OR ACCEPTS ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTENT ON SUCH THIRD-PARTY SITES.

Accounts and Security

If any of the services on the website requires you to open an account, you must complete the registration process by providing us with true, current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the applicable registration form, and you will maintain and promptly update such information to keep it true, current, complete and accurate. You also will choose a password and a user name. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. You agree to notify FFS immediately of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security. FFS will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge. However, you could be held liable for losses incurred by FFS or another party due to someone else using your account or password. You may not use anyone else’s account at any time, without the permission of the account holder. You acknowledge and agree that certain services may provide password-restricted access to customer information such as names and certain terms of your contracts. By using this website and registering for such services, you consent to FFS’s display of such information via the services and accept all risks of unauthorized access to such information. If you provide any information that is false, inaccurate, out of date, or incomplete, or FFS has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is false, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete, FFS may suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the services or any portion thereof. You are responsible for all costs and charges, including without limitation, phone charges and telecommunications equipment, that you incur in order to use the services.

No Unlawful or Prohibited Use

As a condition of your use of the website, you will not use the website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any FFS server, or the network(s) connected to any FFS server, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the website. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to services, materials, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any FFS server or to the website, through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available through the website.

Use of Services on the Website

The website may contain e-mail services, bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, photo albums and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with others (each a “Communication Service” and collectively “Communication Services”). You agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and, when applicable, related to the particular Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using the Communication Services or the website, you will not:

  * Use the Communication Services or the website in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise).

  * Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.

  * Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, obscene as to minors, child pornography, racist, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, indecent, unlawful, or otherwise objectionable topic, name, material or information.

  * Upload, or otherwise make available, files that contain images, photographs, software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, including, by way of example, and not as limitation, copyright or trademark laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consent to do the same.

  * Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which are made available through the website in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party.

  * Upload files that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property of another.

  * Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Services specifically allows such messages.

  * Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally reproduced, displayed, performed, and/or distributed in such manner.

  * Falsify or delete any copyright management information, such as author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.

  * Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services.

  * Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service.

  * Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses.

  * Violate any applicable laws or regulations.

  * Create a false identity for the purpose of misleading others.

  * Use, download or otherwise copy, or provide (whether or not for a fee) to a person or entity any directory of users of the Communication Services or other user or usage information or any portion thereof.

  * Use any FFS domain name as a pseudonymous return email address for any communications that you transmit from another location or through another service.

  * Transmit unsolicited or bulk communications to any FFS account holder or to any FFS.org or affiliated email address (regardless of whether you use the website to transmit any such communication).

  * Disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to “scroll” faster than other users of the website are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real time exchanges.

FFS has no obligation to monitor the Communication Services. However, FFS reserves the right to review materials posted to the Communication Services and to remove and/or edit any materials in its sole discretion. FFS reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time, without notice, for any reason whatsoever.

FFS reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as FFS deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in FFS’s sole discretion.

Always use caution when giving out any personally identifiable information about yourself or your children in any Communication Services. FFS does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Services and, therefore, FFS specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Services. Managers and hosts are not authorised FFS spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of FFS.

Materials uploaded to the Communication Services may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination; you are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.

Materials Provided to FFS or Posted to the Website

Unless otherwise specified, FFS does not claim ownership of the materials you provide to FFS (including, without limitation, information, ideas, concepts, techniques, feedback, data, questions, comments and suggestions, or the like) or post, upload, input or submit to the website or its associated services for review by FFS, the general public, and/or by the members of any public or private community (each a “Submission” and collectively “Submissions”), and such Submissions shall be deemed not to be confidential. However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting (“Posting”) your Submission you are granting FFS, its affiliated companies and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their businesses (including, without limitation, all FFS services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, modify, translate and reformat your Submissions; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; develop, manufacture, and market products incorporating such ideas, concepts, or techniques, and the right to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the services and/or materials on the website.

No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Submission, as provided herein. FFS is under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and FFS may remove any Submission at any time in its sole discretion.

By Posting a Submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission as described in these Terms of Use including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the Submissions.

In addition to the warranty and representation set forth above, by Posting a Submission that contain images, photographs, pictures or that are otherwise graphical in whole or in part (“Images”), you warrant and represent that (a) you are the copyright owner of such Images, or that the copyright owner of such Images has granted you permission to use such Images or any content and/or images contained in such Images consistent with the manner and purpose of your use and as otherwise permitted by these Terms of Use and the website, (b) you have the rights necessary to grant the licenses and sublicenses described in these Terms of Use, and (c) that each person depicted in such Images, if any, has provided consent to the use of the Images as set forth in these Terms of Use, including, by way of example, and not as a limitation, the distribution, public display and reproduction of such Images. By Posting Images, you are granting (a) to all members of your private community (for each such Images available to members of such private community), and/or (b) to the general public (for each such Images available anywhere on the website, other than a private community), permission to use your Images in connection with the use, as permitted by these Terms of Use, of any of the services or materials on the website (including, by way of example, and not as a limitation, making prints and gift items which include such Images), and including, without limitation, a non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free license to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, modify, translate and reformat your Images without having your name attached to such Images, and the right to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the services and/or materials on the website. No compensation will be paid with respect to the use of your Images.

You acknowledge that FFS does not pre-screen Submissions, but that FFS and its designees have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to block or restrict access to or the availability of, or to disable, any Submissions that is available via the website. Without limiting the foregoing, FFS and its designees may disable, restrict access to or the availability of, any Submissions that violates the Terms of Use or is otherwise objectionable. You must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Submissions, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Submissions.

You understand that all Submissions, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Submissions originated. This means that you, and not FFS, are entirely responsible for all Submissions that you upload, post, provide, input, submit, or otherwise transmit via the website. FFS does not control the Submissions posted via the website and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Submissions. You understand that by using the website, you may be exposed to Submissions from others that are offensive, indecent or objectionable.

Spam E-mail and Postings

You agree that FFS would be irreparably harmed by the use, by you or others, of the website or facilities in connection with the transmission of spam newsgroup postings or unsolicited e-mail in violation of these Terms of Use, and that FFS is entitled to obtain injunctive relief against any such transmission (in addition to all other remedies available at law or in equity). FFS reserves the right to block, filter or delete unsolicited e-mail.

Indemnity

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold FFS, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders, partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your Submissons, your use of the website, including any use by your employees, your connection to the website, your violation of the

Terms of Use, or your violation of any rights of another.

Advertisements and Promotions

FFS may run advertisements and promotions from third parties on the website. The manner, mode and extent of advertising by FFS is subject to change. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers other than FFS found on or through the website, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. FFS is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such non-FFS advertisers on the website.

General Information

The Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and FFS and govern your use of the website, superseding any prior agreements between you and FFS on the subject matter (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Use). Notwithstanding the prior provision, to the extent, and only to the extent, that any terms set forth in this Terms of Use expressly contradicts any terms of a prior written agreement between you and FFS in effect as of the date of your use of the website and specifically regarding your use of the website (“Executed Agreement”), such contradictory terms set forth in the Executed Agreement shall govern. You also may be subject to additional Terms of Use that may apply when you use other FFS services, third-party content or third-party software. You must not assign or otherwise transfer the Terms of Use nor any right granted hereunder.

FFS controls and operates this website from its headquarters in the United States and makes no representation that this website is appropriate or available for use in other locations. If you use this website from other locations, you are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws including but not limited to the export and import regulations of other countries.

The failure of FFS to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Use does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision of the Terms of Use 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 the Terms of Use 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 the website or the Terms of Use must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in the Terms of Use are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.


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