Acceptable Use Policy

TERMS OF USE

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS WEBSITE.

Effective: August 1, 2013

1. AGREEMENT BETWEEN USER AND IMPOWR

The IMPOWR website located at www.impowr.org (“Website”) is brought to you by the American Bar Association (“we,” “us”) to you, the user, subject to and conditioned on your acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth below together with our Privacy Statement (collectively, “Terms of Use”). These Terms of Use govern use of the Website and are separate and distinct from the American Bar Association Websites Terms of Use, which do not apply to the Website. By using the Website, you agree that you have read, understand, and are bound by these Terms of Use. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF USE, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.

2. USE THE WEBSITE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THE GOAL OF THE IMPOWR WEBSITE IS TO AGGREGATE INFORMATION ABOUT WOMEN’S RIGHTS LAWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THE CONTENT OF THE WEBSITE IS GATHERED AND CREATED BY AN ONLINE COMMUNITY OF CONTRIBUTORS. THOUGH WE MAY MODIFY AND UPDATE CONTENT AT ANY TIME IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE WEBSITE CURRENT AND ACCURATE, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY TO MONITOR, EDIT, OR UPDATE ANY OF THE CONTENT ON THE WEBSITE AND WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INACCURATE INFORMATION. THOUGH CONTENT AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE MAY INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE LAW INCLUDING COMMENTS, OPINIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS, ANSWERS, ANALYSIS, REFERENCES, REFERRALS, AND OTHER LEGAL CONTENT AND INFORMATION IT IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT CREATE AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU AND US OR ANY CONTRIBUTOR.

3. MODIFICATION OF THESE TERMS OF USE

We may, in our sole discretion, revise these Terms of Use from time to time by updating the Terms of Use, with the new terms taking effect on the date of posting. You should review the Terms of Use every time you use this Website as they are binding on you.

4. WEBSITE USE

The Website, all information, files, and materials that are provided through this Website (“Content”) are owned by us and our content providers. You may use the Website and Content and view, upload, modify, copy, print content, and to contribute to articles only for your personal and noncommercial use. You may not otherwise use, modify, copy, print, display, reproduce, distribute, or publish any information from this Website without OUR express permission.

The Website may contain communication facilities designed to enable you to submit Content and communicate with us and the public at large. You agree to use the Website only to post, send and receive information and material that are appropriate and related to the goal of the Website. You agree that when using the Website, you will not engage or attempt to engage in any improper uses. Improper uses include, but are not limited to:

  • violating any applicable law or regulation;
  • posting or transmitting content you do not have the right to post or transmit;
  • removing or obscuring the copyright notice or other notices displayed in connection with the content accessible through the Website;
  • posting or transmitting content that infringes a third party's trademark, patent, trade secret, copyright, publicity, privacy, or any other rights;
  • posting, transmitting content, or revising content in any way that is unlawful, fraudulent, untrue, stalking, harassing, libelous, defamatory, abusive, tortious, threatening, obscene, hateful, abusive, harmful or otherwise objectionable as determined in our sole discretion;
  • causing damage to our operations, reputation, employees, subscribers, facilities, or to any person;
  • attempting to intercept, collect or store data about third parties without their knowledge or consent;
  • deleting or tampering with material posted by any other person or entity;
  • accessing, tampering with or using non-public areas of the Website, IMPOWR's computer systems and network or any IMPOWR website;
  • attempting to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures;
  • attempting to access or search the Website, our network or any of our websites in any manner that is not authorized, including by any means other than through the interface that we provide, such as any engine, software, tool, agent, device or mechanism other than the software and/or search agents provided by us or other generally available third party web browser;
  • sending or attempting to send unsolicited messages, including, but not limited to, promotions or advertisements for products or services, "spam", "chain mail" or "junk mail";
  • using or attempting to use the Website, our network or any of our websites to send altered, deceptive or false source-identifying information;
  • attempting to decipher, decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any of the software comprising or in any way making up a part of the Website, our network or any of our websites;
  • interfering or attempting to interfere with the Website or access of any user, host or network, or Website functionalities or servers and networks connected to the Website, including, but not limited to, sending a "virus" to the Website, overloading, "flooding," "spamming," "crashing," or "mailbombing" the Website;
  • sending automated queries of any sort to the Website, including using any software which sends queries to determine how a website or webpage "ranks" for various queries, "meta-searching," or performing "offline" searches on the Website;
  • impersonating or misrepresenting your affiliation with any person or entity;
  • using the Website or any content for any commercial purpose without our prior written permission;
  • using the Website to make fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services or to advance any type of financial scam such as "pyramid schemes," "Ponzi schemes," unregistered sales of securities, and securities fraud;
  • excessively high volume data transfers or bandwidth consumption, hosting of a web server, internet relay chat server or any other server, and non-traditional end user activities; or
  • failing to comply with the Terms of Use or attempting to access or use the Website or content in any manner prohibited or not authorized by these Terms of Use.

If we suspect violations of any of the above, we may institute legal action and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in bringing legal proceedings against you. You agree to reasonably cooperate with us in investigating suspected violations.

We reserve the right to install, implement, manage and operate one or more software, monitoring, or other solutions designed to assist in identifying and tracking activities that we consider to be illegal or violations of these Terms of Use, including, but not limited to, any of the activities described in this Section 4. We may, but are not obligated to, in our sole discretion, and without notice, remove, block, filter or restrict by any means any materials or information that we consider to be actual or potential violations of the restrictions set forth in these Terms of Use, including but not limited to activities described in this Section 4 and any other activities that may subject us or our users to harm or liability.

5. THIRD PARTY WEB SITE LINKS.

The Website may contain links to other third party web sites ("Linked Sites"). The Linked Sites are not under our control and we are not responsible for any Linked Site, including but not limited to any content contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. We are providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply our endorsement of the site or any association with its operators.

6. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK

THE WEBSITE AND ALL CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS", “WITH ALL FAULTS,” AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS AND THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO SATISFACTORY QUALITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, AND EFFORT IS WITH YOU. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, EXPRESS, STATUTORY, AND IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF (A) MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WORKMANLIKE EFFORT, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT; (B) ADEQUACY, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, AND COMPLETENESS OF THE WEB SITE, INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR RESULTS; (C) ARISING THROUGH COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE, AND (D) SECURITY, UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE ACCESS OR USE OF THE WEBSITE.

THE WEBSITE AND ALL CONTENT OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE WEBSITE IS OBTAINED AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. AS SUCH YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE AND LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENCES RELATING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO ANY ACTION YOU TAKE OR FAIL TO TAKE BASED ON ANY INFORMATION OR ON THE WEBSITE.

7. LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY

IN NO EVENT WILL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS OR CONFIDENTIAL OR OTHER INFORMATION, FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, FOR PERSONAL INJURY, FOR LOSS OF PRIVACY, FOR FAILURE TO MEET ANY DUTY INCLUDING OF GOOD FAITH OR OF REASONABLE CARE, FOR NEGLIGENCE, AND FOR ANY OTHER PECUNIARY OR OTHER LOSS WHATSOEVER) ARISING OUT OF, BASED ON, RESULTING OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THIS TERMS OF USE OR YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE (INCLUDING ANY INFORMATION OR CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN), EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

OUR MAXIMUM AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU, AND THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY HEREUNDER FOR ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, INJURY, AND LOSSES ARISING FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF, BASED ON, RESULTING OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THIS TERMS OF USE OR YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE

(INCLUDING ANY INFORMATION OR CONTENT CONTAINED THEREIN), SHALL BE TO RECOVER THE ACTUAL DAMAGES YOU INCUR BASED UPON REASONABLE RELIANCE ON THE WEBSITE UP TO FIVE DOLLARS (US$5.00) THE EXISTENCE OF MULTIPLE CLAIMS OR SUITS UNDER OR RELATED TO THIS TERMS OF USE OR THE WEBSITE WILL NOT ENLARGE OR EXTEND THE LIMITATION OF MONEY DAMAGES.

THE EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES UNDER THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THIS SECTION IS INDEPENDENT OF YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IN THE SECOND PARAGRAPH AND IT SURVIVES IN THE EVENT SUCH EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OR IS OTHERWISE DEEMED UNENFORCEABLE. BOTH OF THESE LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY APPLY WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM (A) BREACH OF CONTRACT, (B) BREACH OF WARRANTY, (C) FAULT OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE AND MISREPRESENTATION), (D) STRICT LIABILITY OR (E) ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION UNDER LAW OR EQUITY, TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION AND LIMITATIONS ARE NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

8. WEBSITE REGISTRATION

To access the Website and Content, you do not need to register. If you want to submit or edit content or post questions or comments you must register and create a user profile by providing a user name and email address. Upon creating a profile, you will receive a one-time access link and upon your first log-in you will be required to create your own password. You, not us, are solely responsible and liable for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for all activities that occur under your profile. You agree to notify us immediately of any unauthorized access to your password or use of your profile or any other breach of security.

9. WEBSITE CONTRIBUTIONS

Any information, including feedback, suggestions or other materials you post, upload, input or submit to us through the Website (collectively "Submissions") is submitted voluntarily and will not be considered or treated as confidential or proprietary. No confidential relationship is established by disclosure of any Submissions or implied from our consideration of any Submission. No obligation of any kind (including, but not limited to, any compensation) may be assumed by, nor implied against us by virtue of any Submission made by you. We will not be subject to any liability in connection with the receipt, examination, or use of any Submission disclosed through this Website.

We do not claim ownership of any Submissions you provide to IMPOWR through the interactive communication facilities contained on the Website, such as forums and blogs. However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your Submission you are granting us, our affiliated companies, successors, and assigns an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, transferable, sublicensable, royalty-free, fully paid up right and license to use, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, edit, translate and reformat your Submission in connection with the operation of the Website and their businesses. We are under no obligation to post or use any Submission you may provide and may edit, block, refuse to post, or remove any Submission at any time in our sole discretion. You warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your Submission, including, but not limited to, the rights granted in this Section 9.

We do not control or endorse any Submissions including, but not limited to, the content or information found therein. Contributors are not authorized to be our spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect ours.

10. TERMINATION

You can terminate your account by sending a request to impowr@americanbar.org. We may terminate your account and/or deny you access to the Website at any time with or without notice. We may retain all your Submissions and information.

11. CORPORATE IDENTIFICATION AND TRADEMARKS

All our trademarks, service marks, and trade names (collectively “Marks”) are our trademarks or registered trademarks . You may not use, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, distribute, or modify the Marks in any way, including in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials on this Website, without our prior written consent. The use of the Marks on any other website or networked computer environment is not allowed. You may not use the Marks as a “hot” link on or to any other website unless we approve the link in writing in advance.

12. COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide us the following information:

  • an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
  • a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website;
  • your address, telephone number, and email address;
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement should be sent to:

By mail:

IMPOWR
1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Attention: Section of International Law

By email: impowr@americanbar.org

13. NOTICES

We may deliver notice to you under these Terms of Use by means of electronic mail, posting a general notice to users on the Website, or by written communication delivered by U.S. or international mail or carrier. You may give us notice at any time by letter delivered by first-class postage prepaid U.S. mail or overnight courier to the following address:

IMPOWR
1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Attention: Section of International Law

14. INDEMNIFICATION.

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us and contributors harmless from any claims arising out of use of the Website (including any information or content contained therein), any breach of these Terms of Use, or violation of any laws or regulations or the rights of any third party by you.

15. GOVERNING LAW

These Terms of Use will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts sitting in Cook County, Illinois for any and all disputes, claims and actions arising from or in connection with the Website and these Terms of Use

16. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Use of the Website is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms of Use, including without limitation this Section. You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and us as a result of this Terms of Use of the Website. Our performance is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in these Terms of Use is in derogation of our right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Website or information provided to or gathered by us with respect to your use. If any part of these Terms of Use is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers or limitation on liability, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of these Terms of Use will continue in effect. We may assign these Terms of Use, in whole or in part, at any time with or without notice to you. You may not assign these Terms of Use or assign, transfer or sublicense your rights, if any, in the Website (including any content or information contained therein). Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive its right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches. Unless otherwise specified herein, these Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and us with respect to the Website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between you and us with respect to the Website. A printed version of these Terms of Use and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to these Terms of Use to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.