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This Site may include discussion forums, blogs, bulletin boards, message boards, other interactive areas or services, or other areas or services in which you post content, messages, comments, materials, etc. (collectively, "User Forums"). The information and opinions expressed in the User Forums are not those of RI or its affiliates, and RI makes no representations or warranties regarding such posted materials. You are entirely responsible for your use of any User Forums and use the User Forums at your own risk. Users should be aware that the Site's User Forums are public, not private, communications. To protect your safety and privacy, please consider that when you voluntarily disclose personal information on User Forums, that information can be collected and used by others and may result in unsolicited communications. By placing, submitting, displaying, transmitting, and/or posting material or content on the Site, including, but not limited to, text, messages, comments, data, music, audio, photographs, images, graphics, animations, designs, ideas, video, sound recordings, other audio-visual content, code, or other material on or through the Site (collectively, "User Content"), you represent and warrant that: 1) you own all of the rights to User Content that you post or otherwise have all necessary rights to post such User Content and grant RI the right to use such User Content; 2) User Content does not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, privacy, or other personal or proprietary rights; 3) User Content will not cause injury to any person or entity; and 4) use and posting of User Content does not violate these Terms and Conditions. "Post" and "posting" mean to upload, post, transmit, share, store, link or otherwise make available on or through the Site. The term "User Content" also includes, without limitation, and refers to all of the information you submit or we may receive related to your submission.

Each time you post or upload User Content, you confirm your acceptance of and agreement to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. You are solely responsible for User Content that you post or provide on the Site and on third-party social networking Web sites in which RI maintains a profile. By posting any content on the Site and User Forums, you automatically agree to indemnify RI from and against any and all third-party claims, demands, liabilities, costs, or expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from your breach of these Terms and Conditions and these posting restrictions.

If required to register for use of User Forums, you agree to provide accurate, current, and complete information about yourself as required on the Site, to maintain and update such information, and to be fully responsible for all use of your account and for any actions that take place using your account.

You shall NOT submit, upload, or post to the Site or User Forums any User Content that:

  • Violates the law or anyone's rights, including infringing the intellectual property rights, copyright, or trademark rights, or other proprietary rights of any person or entity;
  • Contains copyrighted music or images, which you do not own or have permission to use generally or on this Site;
  • Libels, defames, or invades privacy rights of any third party or is unlawful;
  • Contains images or sound recordings of identifiable persons;
  • Contains the name, trademark, trade name, service mark, or logo of a third party that you do not have permission to use;
  • Contains the name, logo, brand, service mark or trademark, or voice, likeness, or image of any person, firm, or enterprise for which you do not have the right to grant RI the right to use;
  • Contains vulgar, profane, hateful, discriminatory language or expressions, or is obscene, pornographic, abusive, harmful, harassing, threatening, or otherwise objectionable in the sole judgment of RI;
  • Violates or breaches any portion of these Terms and Conditions;
  • Falsifies or deletes author attributions, legal notices, or other proprietary designations;
  • Violates or encourages the violation of any municipal, state, federal, or international law, ordinance, rule, or regulation or the rights of any party;
  • Advocates illegal activity;
  • Contains viruses, corrupted files, or other materials that may cause damage to another's computer;
  • Would be degrading or bring discredit to the worldwide association of Rotary clubs, any Rotary club, or Rotarian, or subject any of them to public ridicule;  
  • Advertises or otherwise solicits funds, or promotes or offers for sale or trade any goods or services, except in areas of the Site specifically designated;
  • Interferes with any third party's use of this Site;
  • Is or contains political campaigning, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or solicitations;
  • Is inaccurate, false, misleading, or fraudulent;
  • Contains any contact information or private information of any third party; and/or
  • Uses or attempts to use a third party's account or password.

You agree not to use the Site or User Forums to:

  • Collect contact information of other Users of the Site by electronic or other means for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, sending unsolicited e-mails or other unsolicited communications;
  • Impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise misrepresent yourself, your age, or your affiliation with RI or any other person or entity;
  • Solicit personal information from anyone, including those under 18, or solicit passwords or personally identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes;
  • Upload or transmit viruses or other harmful files, materials, or code; and/or
  • Interfere with or otherwise harm or violate the security of the Site, or any services, system resources, accounts, passwords, servers, or networks connected to or accessible through the Site or Linked Sites.

You automatically grant to RI a worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, irrevocable, nonexclusive, and sublicensable right to use, copy, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, publish, reformat, display, perform, broadcast, transmit, exhibit, excerpt, translate, host, cache, index, archive, store, create derivative works from, and otherwise exploit all or portions of the User Content you post, upload, incorporate, or make available on this Site or User Forums in any form, format, medium, or technology now known or later developed for any purpose, including advertising and promotion without accounting, notification, credit, or other obligation to you, and the right to license and sublicense and authorize others to exercise any of the rights granted hereunder to RI, in RI's sole discretion. You automatically waive all "moral rights" with respect to the posted content in perpetuity. You grant RI the right to use any material, information, ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any User Content you provide or otherwise submit to RI for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to, commercial purposes and developing manufacturing and marketing commercial products using such information. You will not be entitled to any compensation for any of the rights you grant in and to User Content or in this paragraph. You authorize RI to use your name, likeness, and any other information in connection with use of the User Content you provide. You agree that RI may use or disclose information about you or your use of this Site, including User Content, to comply with laws and requests by governmental or regulatory agencies, to protect and/or defend RI's rights or property, or to protect the safety of RI, RI's employees, membership, or the public. 

RI takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Content posted, stored, or uploaded by Users or any third party, or for any loss or damage thereto, including on any third-party social networking websites in which RI maintains a profile, nor is RI responsible or liable for any mistakes, defamation, slander, libel, omissions, obscenity, or pornography that exists on the Site, or third party social networking websites in which RI maintains a profile, or that User may encounter. RI may or may not, but is not obligated to, prescreen, review, monitor, or edit User Content and shall have the right to delete, move, remove, block, or refuse (without notice) any User Content in its sole discretion for any reason without notice, including User Content that in the sole judgment of RI violates these Terms and Conditions, is objectionable, offensive, illegal, or may violate the rights or safety of others. RI does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of User Content. RI does not endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content or on any third-party social networking websites in which RI maintains a profile and makes no claim that User Forums or User Content is appropriate for any particular purpose or audience. All User Content is the sole responsibility of the person who provided it.

Any use of the User Forums or the Site in violation of the foregoing violates these Terms and Conditions and may result, among other actions, in termination or suspension of your rights to use the User Forums and/or the Site. Any decision as to whether User Content violates these Terms and Conditions or RI's posting rules will be made in RI's sole discretion.