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Terms of Use

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 22, 2010 12:45 PM
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Simply put, our terms of use are: "You own your own words." This policy originated with Stewart Brand on The WELL in the 1980s and has stood the test of time for online communities.



Your Rights and Responsibilities

You agree to provide your real full name and email address when signing up as a LiveModern member. By providing an email address during registration, you "opt-in" to receive emails from LiveModern. Your user name can be anything you like. LiveModern normally does not permit anonymous or pseudonymous accounts. Exceptions to this general rule require special arrangements with the management of LiveModern.

If you have a complaint about the behavior or posts of another member, it is your responsibility to attempt to resolve the conflict, typically by contacting that person directly. Normally, the LiveModern management will not take a role in mediating conflicts between you and other members. LiveModern does not take responsibility for your behavior or that of other members of the system. However, a LiveModern member has the right to expect not be bothered by others against his or her will.

Your access to the works that members have posted on LiveModern is for your use only. If you want to redistribute works you find on LiveModern, it is your responsibility to obtain permission from the poster (and any other person with rights in the material).

You are legally and ethically responsible for any works—writings, files, pictures, or any other work—that you post or transmit using any LiveModern service: email, private messaging, forums, blogs, chats, the World Wide Web, or any other service that allows interaction or dissemination of information. In posting works on LiveModern, you are responsible for honoring the rights of others, including intellectual property rights (copyright, patent, and trademark), the right to privacy, and the right not to be libeled or slandered.

Under United States law, you retain copyright on all works you create and post to LiveModern, unless you choose specifically to renounce it. In posting a work on a service offered by LiveModern, you authorize other members who have access to that service to make personal and customary use of the work, including creating links to or reposting among LiveModern-only content areas to which the author has access, but not otherwise to reproduce or disseminate it unless you give permission for such dissemination. You also give permission to LiveModern to copy your works as part of the normal backup process. You have the right to remove any of your works from LiveModern at any time.

You agree to help protect your account and the security of other members by guarding your password. You take responsibility for all authorized use of your LiveModern account, and for all contributions to any service offered by LiveModern that you post from your LiveModern account. If you have reason to believe your password has been compromised or there has been any unauthorized use of your account, contact the LiveModern management as soon as possible.

You agree not to use the system for illegal activity or for violating the privacy or security of other members. Illegal activity under the laws of Montana and the United States using your LiveModern account is a violation of this agreement. Since the law as to jurisdiction of online communities is emerging, we urge you to consider the possible effect of laws outside the LiveModern's locality or your own residence. LiveModern is open to members worldwide (and works published on the World Wide Web or other such services are accessible to anyone on the internet), and LiveModern cannot guarantee that you won't run into legal trouble from other jurisdictions over your works.

You agree to not post commercial advertisements, except links to your LiveModern home page, in any public or product forums/blogs/chats on LiveModern. Typically the place to promote your product or service is on your own LiveModern home page (, where "member" is the user name of your member account), provided free to all members upon registration. Additional acceptable ways to promote your business on LiveModern are outlined here. If you have a commercial product you would like to promote to LiveModern members other than by means of your LiveModern home page or blog, contact the LiveModern management.

You may cancel your account at any time by contacting the LiveModern management.

By using LiveModern, whether you login to an account or not, you agree to these rights and responsibilities.

Our Rights and Responsibilities

LiveModern is not the publisher or author of any works posted by its members. It is a passive service for storage and dissemination of the works that LiveModern members may choose to post and distribute via LiveModern. LiveModern disclaims all copyright and ownership in such works and all responsibility for them.

Although it cannot make an absolute guarantee of system security, LiveModern takes reasonable steps to maintain security. If you have reason to believe system security has been breached, contact the LiveModern management for help.

If the LiveModern management finds that files or processes belonging to a member pose a threat to the proper technical operation of the system or to the security of other members, the LiveModern management reserves the right to delete those files or to stop those processes. If the LiveModern management suspects an account is being used by someone who is not authorized by the account holder, the LiveModern management may temporarily disable that account in order to preserve system security. In all such cases, the LiveModern management will contact the member as soon as feasible.

LiveModern reserves the right to refuse service to anyone and to cancel an account at any time.

LiveModern is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. LiveModern will not be liable for incidental or consequential damages at all.

LiveModern reserves the right to change the terms of this Terms of Use statement without notice at any time.

LiveModern may assign and delegate its rights and obligations to any successor to all or part of its business or assets.

If you have any questions about the LiveModern Terms of Use, please contact the LiveModern management.



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