Use of Materials on This Site
RIFM maintains the Websites for your information, education, and communication. All materials on the Websites, including but not limited to artwork, photographs, graphics, audio clips, video clips, text, and trademarks, are the sole property of RIFM or its licensors. The exclusive rights to all materials on the Websites are protected by United States and international laws of copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and other applicable laws.
Unless particular materials are specifically restricted as noted on the site or web page, it is RIFM’s policy to allow limited reproduction and distribution of the materials posted on our Websites as follows: You may reproduce and distribute content provided that: (1) the particular article or section is reproduced in its entirety in its original form; you may not edit or otherwise change the substance of the content, or change or delete any copyright, trademark, and other proprietary notices; (2) all copies include a statement that the material was reproduced from RIFM.org or other RIFM website with permission of RIFM; (3) all copies include the following notice “Copyright © 2022 RIFM. All Rights Reserved.”; (4) the copies are distributed only for educational or scientific purposes; and (5) the copies are distributed at no charge or, at most, at actual cost. Provided you comply with all of these conditions, RIFM grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to reproduce and distribute the materials on the Websites.
Other than as specifically described above, you may not copy, reproduce, distribute, modify, display, prepare derivative works based on, republish, transmit, repost, or otherwise use the content of our site without prior written authorization from RIFM. To request such permission, contact RIFM. In no event may RIFM trademarks, symbols, artwork or other visual or audio elements be reproduced separately from the textual content associated with them on the Websites.
The Websites have security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. However, your confidential use of the Websites cannot be guaranteed by RIFM. RIFM shall not be responsible for any harm that you or any person may suffer due to a breach of confidentiality concerning the information you transmitted to the Websites.
The information and opinions expressed in materials posted by visitors on the chat areas, bulletin boards, lists, or other venues that may from time to time be connected with our Websites (collectively, “forums”) are not necessarily those of RIFM or its affiliates. Accordingly, RIFM makes no representations or warranties regarding such posted materials.
Users should be aware that our forums are public, not private communications. Therefore, when you voluntarily disclose personal information on our forums, that information can be collected and used by others, resulting in unsolicited messages from other people.
You shall not submit, upload or post to our forums any content which (1) libels, defames, invades privacy, or is obscene, pornographic, abusive, or threatening; (2) infringes any intellectual property or another right of any person or entity, including but not limited to, violating anyone’s copyrights or trademarks; (3) falsifies or deletes author attributions, legal notices or other proprietary designations; (4) violates any law; (5) advocates illegal activity; (6) contains viruses, corrupted files, or other materials that may cause damage to another’s computer, or (7) advertises or otherwise solicits funds or sales of goods or services. In addition, by posting any content on our forums, you automatically agree to indemnify RIFM from and against all third-party claims, demands, liabilities, costs, or expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from your breach of these posting restrictions.
By posting any content on our forums, you automatically grant to RIFM a perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, and unrestricted, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from and distribute the posted content or incorporate the posted content into any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed for any purpose, including advertising and promotion. Furthermore, you automatically waive all “moral rights” concerning the posted content.
Doing Business on the Internet
You acknowledge and agree that electronic communications and databases are subject to errors, tampering and break-ins and that, notwithstanding the efforts of RIFM to implement reasonable security precautions, RIFM does not guarantee or warrant that such events will not take place. You agree to follow all access and security procedures provided from time to time by RIFM, and you will not attempt, nor will you aid or abet any other person in any attempt, to circumvent or otherwise interfere in any way with any security precautions or measures of RIFM.
RIFM has not reviewed all of the sites linked to the Websites and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any off-site pages or any other sites linked to the Websites, whether or not they are affiliated with RIFM. Such linked sites are for your convenience only, and you access them at your own risk. RIFM makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or functioning of any such link. That another website is linked to our site does not constitute an endorsement by RIFM of the other site owner, the content of its site, or its products or services.
Limitations on RIFM’s Liability
The materials on this site are provided solely for educational and promotional purposes. Your use and browsing of this site are at your own risk. The materials could include technical or factual inaccuracies or other errors. They are provided to you “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. RIFM does not warrant that the functions contained in will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that our site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. RIFM does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials on our site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise. You (and not RIFM) assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair, or correction.
Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall RIFM be liable for any indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages that result from the use of, or inability to use, the materials on our Websites, even if RIFM or a RIFM-authorized representative has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or special, incidental, or consequential damages, so the above limitation may not apply to you. In no event shall RIFM’s total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action, including but not limited to negligence, arising out of or in connection with your use of a Website(s) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing the applicable Website(s).
Right to Restrict Access
RIFM reserves the right to remove for any reason posted materials from our forums and the right to deny in its sole discretion any user access to our Websites or our forums without notice.
Compliance With Local Laws
The Websites are operated under the supervision of RIFM from its offices in the United States. If you choose to access the Websites from other locations, you do so at your initiative, and you are responsible for complying with local laws if and to the extent local laws are applicable. In addition, you may not download or otherwise export or re-export software from our Websites in violation of United States export controls.
For the purposes of this arbitration provision, “we” and “us” means RIFM, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, licensees or sublicensees, predecessors, successors, assigns and all of their officers, directors, employees, agents and assigns or any and all of them. Additionally, “we” or “us” shall mean any third party providing benefits, services, or products in connection with the Websites and all of their officers, directors, employees, and agents if, and only if, such a third party is named by you as a co-defendant in any Claim you assert against us.
If any part of this arbitration provision is found to be invalid or unenforceable under any law or statute consistent with the FAA, the remainder of this arbitration provision shall be enforceable without regard to such invalidity or unenforceability.
THE RESULT OF THIS ARBITRATION PROVISION IS THAT CLAIMS CANNOT BE LITIGATED IN COURT, INCLUDING SOME CLAIMS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN TRIED BEFORE A JURY, AS CLASS ACTIONS OR AS PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS.
Waiver and Severability
Jurisdiction and Venue
Any claim or cause of action arising out of or relating to these terms shall be barred unless such claim or cause of action is brought within one year after it arises.