Terms of Use

Effective Date:  Thursday April 11, 2013

These Terms of Use (“Terms”) govern your use of the tech4immigration.org website and any other website or online service that the Campaign for Innovation operates and that links to these Terms (collectively, the “Services”).    

Please review these Terms carefully before using the Services. We may change these Terms or modify any features of the Services at any time.  The most current version of the Terms can be viewed by clicking on the “Terms of Use” link posted through the Services.  You accept the Terms by using the Services, and you accept any changes to the Terms by continuing to use the Services after we post the changes.

I.      User Submissions

You remain fully responsible for the materials that you provide to us, including without limitation images, photographs, videos, and comments (“User Submissions”).  You agree not to provide User Submissions that:

  • infringe on the copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property rights of any third party;
  • are false, misleading, libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, hateful, or sexually-explicit;
  • violate a third party’s right to privacy or publicity;
  • degrade others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability or other classification;
  • contain epithets or other language or material intended to intimidate or to incite violence; or
  • violate any applicable local, state, national, or international laws.

You may only submit User Submissions that are original and that you have the right to submit.  You continue to own any User Submissions that you submit through the Services, but by submitting a User Submission, you grant us a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, fully sublicensable license to publish, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, edit, adapt, modify, and otherwise use your User Submissions (or any portion thereof) in any way that we want and in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed.  You hereby waive any moral rights you may have in your User Submissions.  You represent that you have obtained the consent of all individuals who are identifiable in your User Submissions, or of the individual’s parent or legal guardian if the individual is under 18 years old, to include the individual’s likeness in your User Submissions and for us to enjoy all of the rights and privileges that you grant to us under these Terms, including without limitation the right to use the individual’s likeness in our advertising and marketing activities.

You understand and agree that we are not responsible for any User Submissions.  We are not obligated to publish or use your User Submissions.  We may monitor, review, edit, remove, delete, or disable access to your User Submissions at any time, without prior notice and in our sole discretion, for any or no reason.

II.      Privacy

Your use of the Services is governed by our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into these Terms by reference. 

III.      Prohibited Conduct

You may not access or use, or attempt to access or use, the Services to take any action that could harm us or any third party, interfere with the operation of the Services, or use the Services in a manner that violates any laws.  For example, and without limitation, you may not:

  • impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation or the origin of materials you transmit;[A3] 
  • engage in unauthorized spidering, “scraping,” or harvesting of content or personal information, or use any other unauthorized automated means to compile information;
  • take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our network or infrastructure;
  • use any device, software, or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Service or any activity conducted on the Service or attempt to probe, scan, test the vulnerability of, or breach the security of any system or network;
  • attempt to decipher, decompile, disassemble, or reverse-engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of the Service;
  • distribute any unauthorized materials or advertise or promote goods or services without our permission (including, without limitation, by sending spam); or
  • engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any person from using or enjoying the Services, or that, in our sole judgment, exposes us or any of our users, affiliates, or any other third party to any liability, damages, or detriment of any type.

Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability.  We may investigate and work with law enforcement authorities to prosecute users who violate the Terms.  We may suspend or terminate your access to the Services for any or no reason at any time without notice. 

IV.      Copyrights

The Services are protected under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries.  All copyrights in the Services are owned by us or our third-party licensors to the full extent permitted under the United States Copyright Act and all international copyright laws.  Except for content that you have posted on the Services, you may not publish, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, edit, adapt, modify, or otherwise exploit any part of the Services without our written consent.

We respect intellectual property rights.  If you believe in good faith that your work has been reproduced or is accessible on the Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our designated agent with the following information in writing:

  • identification of the copyrighted work or a representative list of copyrighted works claimed to have been infringed;
  • identification of the allegedly infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
  • your name, address and daytime telephone number, and an e-mail address if available, so that we may contact you if necessary;
  • a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  • a statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Our designated agent is:  Kate Hansen, info@fwd.us, 1201 Pennsylvania, Ave NW Washington DC 20004

Upon receipt of a notice of claimed infringement (or any statement in conformance with 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3)), we will expeditiously remove or disable access to the allegedly infringing content.  We will terminate the privileges of users who repeatedly infringe copyright.  Please note that United States law provides significant penalties for falsely submitting a notice of copyright infringement.

V.      Links To Third-Party Content

The Services may contain links to third-party content.  We do not control, endorse, sponsor, recommend, or otherwise accept responsibility for such content.  Use of any linked third-party content is at the user's own risk.

VI.      Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability

Your use of the Services is at your own risk. The Services are provided “as is” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, or other violation of rights. We do not warrant the adequacy, currency, accuracy, likely results, or completeness of the Services or any third-party sites linked to or from the Services, or that the functions provided will be uninterrupted, virus, or error-free. We expressly disclaim any liability for any errors or omissions in the content included in the Services or any third-party sites linked to or from the Services. some jurisdictions may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.

In no event will we, or our subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, and assigns be liable for any direct or indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, lost profits, or other damages whatsoever arising in connection with the use of the Services, any interruption in availability of the Services, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, loss of data, or use, misuse, reliance, review, manipulation, or other utilization in any manner whatsoever of the Services or the data collected through the Services, even if one or more of them has been advised of the possibility of such damages or loss.  Any claim arising out of or connected with the Services will be limited to the greater of $100 or the amount that you paid to access the Services.

VII.      Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold us and our subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns harmless from and against any and all loss, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses), claims, damages and liabilities related to or associated with your use of the Services and any alleged violation by you of these Terms.  We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense of any claim for which We are entitled to indemnification under this section.  In such event, you shall provide us with such cooperation as we reasonably request.

VIII.      Choice of Law and Forum

The Services are intended for use by residents of the United States.  We do not intentionally provide access to the Services to individuals located outside the United States.  You agree that your access to and use of the Services will be governed by and will be construed in accordance with the law of the State of California without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.  You agree that any claim or dispute against us arising out of or relating to the Services must be resolved by a federal district court located in California, unless agreed upon by all parties.

IX.      BuiltByImmigrants

By submitting your story and participating in #BuiltByImmigrants, you provide FWD.US a full copyright license to publish this information on this site and all other forums of FWD.US, including making edits as required, and you confirm that you take
sole responsibility for verifying the following: that any use of company time and resources dedicated to organizing coworkers to advocate has been granted by your employer; any employment information shared regarding your employer, including professional, employment, immigration, or other status, is within companies guidelines and does not constitute proprietary or confidential information; that you bear sole responsibility for any violations in company policy through the disclosure of private information, policies and practices that your employer may consider to be proprietary or confidential.

You also hereby acknowledge that all information is fully public, and that your story does not reveal any private information about any other individual or defame any other individual. FWD.us retains the right to use all stories shared on #BuiltByImmigrants, and to feature them however the organization sees fit.

X.      Miscellaneous

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and us, superseding any prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and us.  In the event any provision of these Terms is held unenforceable, it will not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions and will be replaced by an enforceable provision that comes closest to the intention underlying the unenforceable provision. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and us as a result of these Terms or your access to and use of the Services. 

Our failure to enforce any provisions of these Terms or respond to a violation by any party does not waive our right to subsequently enforce any terms or conditions of the Terms or respond to any violations.  Nothing contained in these Terms is in derogation of our right to comply with governmental, court, and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Services or information provided to or gathered by us with respect to such use.

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