SCOPE OF TERMS
We reserve the right to change the terms of this TOU at any time in our sole discretion. If we change the TOU in a material way, a notice will be posted on the Site along with the updated TOU. By continuing to access and use the Site, you agree to the terms of the updated TOU. In the event you do not consent to the terms of the updated TOU, you may discontinue use of the Site and the Services.
USE TERMS AND RESTRICTIONS
Unless otherwise specified, this Site and the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any portion of this Site or any content obtained through use of the Services.
As a condition of your use of the Site and the Services, you will not use the Site or the Services for any purpose that violates any applicable laws or regulations, or that is prohibited by the TOU. You may not use the Site or the Services in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any server that hosts the Site, or the network(s) connected to any such server, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site or any of the Services. You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any Services or to other users’ accounts 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 to you as part of your permitted access to the Services.
PRIVACY AND PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
USER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD, AND SECURITY
Some of the Services may require you to open an account before you can access them. In such cases in order to obtain access, you must complete the registration process by providing us with current, complete and accurate information as prompted by the applicable registration form. As part of this process, you also will choose a password and a user name. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, user name and other account information. Furthermore, you are entirely responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. If you become aware of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security, you agree to notify us immediately. We 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. If we or a third party incurs losses due to someone else using your account or password, you could be held liable for those losses.
All trademarks, service marks, designs, music clips, videos, documentation and other content included on the Site and offered through the Services is the property of HSI and its content providers and is protected under international, federal and state trademark, copyright, patent and other intellectual property laws.
INFORMATION SUBMITTED OR POSTED BY YOU AND OTHER USERS
You and other users of the Site and the Services may post comments, reviews and other content on the Site, or submit information such as feedback, suggestions and course related information to us while using the Site or the Services (collectively, “Information”). You may not provide any Information that is invasive of another person’s privacy rights, illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory or otherwise harmful to third parties. We reserve the right to remove any Information you post at anytime for any reason.
We do not claim ownership of the Information you provide to us, however, by providing the Information you grant HSI a worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive fully sublicensable right and license to use, distribute, display, reproduce, adapt, modify, create derivative works from, incorporate into other works, publish and translate the Information you provide to us in whole or in part in any medium. In addition, you represent and warrant that you are the owner, or otherwise in control of, all the rights necessary to provide the Information to us and grant us this license and that the Information provided is accurate.
THIRD PARTY SITES
The Site may contain frames of and hyperlinks to other websites controlled by third parties (“Third Party Sites”). Access to these Third Party Sites is provided solely as a convenience to you and does not imply endorsement by HSI of, or any affiliation with, or endorsement by, the owner of the Third Party Site. HSI is not responsible for the contents or use of any Third Party Site or the results you may obtain from their use.
Your dealings or communications through the Site with any party other than HSI are solely between you and that third party. For example, certain areas of the Site may allow you to post comments and carry on conversations with other users through such postings and other areas may include tools that allow you to sign into or register to use services operated by third parties, such as Facebook or Twitter. HSI is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. Under no circumstances will HSI be liable for any goods, services, resources or content available through such third party dealings or communications, or for any harm related thereto. Please review carefully any such third party’s policies and practices and make sure you are comfortable with them before you engage in any transaction. Complaints, concerns or questions relating to materials provided by third parties should be forwarded directly to the third party.
LINKING TO THIS SITE
HSI provides many content sharing options regarding our blog: Like on Facebook, Share on Facebook, Email Article, Tweet, Share on Google+, and share on LinkedIn. You can also add the blog posts to your Rich Site Summary (RSS) Feed for easier organization of the topics we post about. We encourage you to share our content with the buttons provided.
When using or referencing content from HSI’s blog posts, please use citations properly and link back to the original article from hsi.com. If using the RSS Feed, this feature is meant for personal ease; you may not distribute the HSI Blog RSS Feed or publish its contents for commercial gain. This includes, but is not limited to, publishing HSI Blog content on personal sites as original content, or insinuating as such. All references to an HSI Blog post must be cited and linked back to the original HSI Blog post itself.
DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
WE, OUR CONTENT PROVIDERS AND OUR AGENTS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY OF THE INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE SITE AND IN THE SERVICES FOR ANY PURPOSE NOR DO WE WARRANT THAT THE SITE, THE SERVICES OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, WHETHER VIEWED ONLINE OR DOWNLOADED TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER DEVICE, WILL BE FREE FROM DATA LOSS, VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
THE SITE AND THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY US AND OUR CONTENT PROVIDERS ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND “WITH ALL FAULTS, DEFECTS AND ERRORS”. NEITHER WE NOR OUR CONTENT PROVIDERS MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE. YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE AND OUR CONTENT PROVIDERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO WHETHER THE TRAINING PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH THE SITE OR THE SERVICES WILL MEET THE SPECIFIC LICENSING OR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
IN NO EVENT SHALL WE, OUR CONTENT PROVIDERS OR OUR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THE SITE, THE SERVICES OR ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION BASED ON CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION.
NOTICES AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
In operating the Site, we may act as a “services provider” as such term is defined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the “DMCA”), and offer services as an online provider of materials and links to Third Party Sites or user submitted Information. As a result, third party materials that we do not own or control may be transmitted, stored, accessed or otherwise made available using the Site.
If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any material available on the Site or Services infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification of claimed infringement (“Notification”) pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing HSI’s agent designated to receive Notifications (“Copyright Agent”) with a notice containing the information described below.
Please note that under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f) any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material is infringing may be subject to liability for damages.
Please also note that the information provided in a Notification may be forwarded to the person who posted the allegedly infringing material.
All Notifications must include the following (see 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)(3) for further details):
If you believe that material you posted to the Site or Services that was removed (or to which access was disabled) as a result of a Notification is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material, you may send a written counter notification (“Counter Notification”) to the Copyright Agent containing the information described below.
Please note HSI is required to send a copy of your Counter Notification to the party who submitted the Notification and that in response to a Counter Notification that person may file a lawsuit against you seeking a determination of its rights with respect to the material.
Please also note that under 17 U.S.C. § 512(f), any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification may be subject to liability for damages.
All Counter Notifications must contain the following (see 17 U.S.C. § 512(g)(3) for further details):
Upon receipt of a Notification or Counter Notification, HSI will comply with the applicable procedures set forth in 17 U.S.C. § 512.
Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(i)(1)(A), it is HSI’s policy to terminate, in appropriate circumstances, user account holders who are repeat infringers.