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The following are terms of a legal agreement (“Agreement”) between you and A Book and A Hug LLC (“Company”).  By accessing, browsing and/or otherwise using this web site (“Site”), you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions, and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including U.S. export and re-export control laws and regulations.  If you do not agree to all of these terms and conditions, you may not access, browse and/or use this Site.  The material provided on this Site is protected by law, including, but not limited to, United States copyright law and international treaties.

These terms of access apply to your access to and use of this Site and do not alter in any way the terms and conditions of any other agreement you may have with Company for products, services or otherwise, unless otherwise directed by Company.  If you breach any of these terms and conditions, your authorization to use this Site automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any downloaded or printed materials and discontinue use of any hyperlinks to this Site.

Please understand that all information submitted on the Site might potentially be publicly accessible.  Important and private information should be protected by you.  We are not liable for protection of privacy of electronic mail or other information transferred through the internet or any other network provider that you may use.

USE RESTRICTIONS

Copyright.  All Site materials, including, without limitation, text, pictures, graphics and other files and the selection and arrangement thereof are copyrighted materials of Company, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, or by the original creator of the material.  Permission is granted to display, copy, distribute, and download the materials on this Site for personal, noncommercial use only, provided that you do not modify the materials and that you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the materials.  You may not, however, distribute, copy, reproduce, display, republish, download, or transmit any material on this Site for commercial use without prior written approval of Company.  You may not “mirror” any material contained on this Site on any other server without prior written permission from Company.  Any unauthorized use of any material contained on this Site may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity and communications regulations and statutes.

Trademarks.  The trademarks, service marks, trade names, and logos (the “Trademarks”) used and displayed on this Site may be registered and unregistered Trademarks of Company or of a third party who has granted the Company permission to use the Trademarks.  In addition, all page headers, custom graphics, button icons, and scripts are service marks, trademarks and/or trade dress of Company, and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of Company.  You acknowledge that the Trademarks used and displayed on this Site are and shall remain the sole property of Company or the Trademark owner.  Nothing in this Agreement shall confer any right of ownership of any of the Trademarks on you.  Further, nothing in this Site shall be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise any license or right to use any Trademark used or displayed on the Site, without the express written permission of Company or the Trademark owner.  The misuse of the trademarks displayed on this Site, or any other content on the Site, is strictly prohibited.

Hyperlinks.  You are granted a limited, nonexclusive right to create a “hypertext” link to this Site provided that such link is to the entry page of this Site and does not portray Company or any of its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise defamatory manner.  This limited right may be revoked at any time for any reason whatsoever.  You may not use framing techniques to enclose any Company trademark, logo or trade name or other proprietary information including the images found at the Site, the content of any text or the layout/design of any page or any form contained on a page without Company’s express written consent.  Any links to third party sites on this Site are provided solely as convenience to you.  If you use these links, you will leave this Site.  Company has not reviewed all of these third party sites and does not control and is not responsible for any of these sites, their content or their policies, including, without limitation, privacy policies or lack thereof.  Company does not endorse or make any representations about third party sites or any information, software or other products or materials found there, or any results that may be obtained from using them.  If you decide to access any of the third party sites linked to this site, you do so entirely at your own risk.  You acknowledge and agree that Company shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by, or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such third party sites.

Limited Access.  Except as otherwise expressly permitted by Company, any access or attempt to access other areas of the Company computer system or other information contained on the system for any purposes is strictly prohibited.  You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to “screen scrape,” monitor, “mine,” or copy the Web pages on the Site or the content contained therein without Company’ prior, express, and written permission.  You will not spam or send unsolicited e-mail to any other user of the Site for any reason.  You agree that you will not use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site.  You agree that you will not take any action that imposes an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on Company’s infrastructure.

Additional Use Restrictions.  You shall not post, transmit, e-mail, re-transmit or store material on or through any of the services provided by Company (the “Services”) which, in the sole judgment of the Company: (i) is in violation of any local, state, federal or non-United States law or regulation, (ii) is threatening, obscene, indecent, defamatory or that otherwise could adversely affect any individual, group or entity (collectively, "Persons") or (iii) violates the rights of any person, including rights protected by copyright, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property or similar laws or regulations including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution of "pirated" or other software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by you.  You shall be responsible for determining what laws or regulations are applicable to its use of the Services.  In addition, you may only use the Services in a manner that, in the Company's sole judgment, is consistent with the purposes of such Services.  If you are unsure of whether any contemplated use or action is permitted, please contact the Company at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text52675+'<\/a>'; //--> .  By way of example, and not limitation, the following uses described below of the Services are expressly prohibited:

  • upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit any information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (collectively, “Content”) that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable. Pornography and pornographic related merchandising are prohibited under all Services, including providing links to pornographic content elsewhere;
  • harm minors in any way;
  • impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Company official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Services or develop restricted or password-only access pages, or hidden pages or images (those not linked to from another accessible page);
  • upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit any Content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements;
  • upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
  • upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas of the Services that are designated for such purpose;
  • upload, post, e-mail or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  • disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to "scroll" faster than other users of the Services are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time exchanges;
  • interfere with or disrupt the Services or servers or networks connected to the Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Services;
  • intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including, without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law;
  • “stalk" or otherwise harass another;
  • promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual, or promote any act of cruelty to animals. This may include, but is not limited to, providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades and other weapons, and creating "Crush" sites; and
  • effecting security breaches or disruptions of Internet communication. Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which you are not an intended recipient or logging into a server or account that you are not expressly authorized to access.

DISCLAIMER WARRANTY

This Site, including all software, functions, materials, and information, is provided “AS IS” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied.  Company disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of quiet enjoyment and non-infringement and implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, title, quiet enjoyment, merchantability of computer programs, data accuracy, system integration, and informational content.  Company does not warrant or make any representations regarding the operation of this Site, the use, validity, accuracy or reliability of, or the results of the use of the materials on this Site or any other sites linked to this Site.  The materials of this Site may be out of date, and Company makes no commitment to update the materials at this Site.  Company does not and cannot guarantee or warrant that the files available for downloading from this Site, if any, will be free from infection, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, or other code that manifest contaminating or destructive properties.  Company does not warrant that this Site, software, materials, products, or services will be uninterrupted or error-free or that any defects in this Site, software, materials, products, or services will be corrected.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

In no event will Company, its suppliers or other third parties mentioned at or in this Site be liable for any damages, including, without limitation direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, damages resulting from lost profits, lost data or business interruption arising out of or relating to the use, inability to use, or resulting from the use of this Site, any web sites linked to this Site, the materials, software or other information contained in any or all such sites, whether based on warranty, contracts, statutes, regulations, tort (including but not limited to, negligence) or any other legal theory and whether or not advised of the possibility of such damages.  If your use of the materials or information from this Site results in the need for servicing, repair or correction of equipment or data, you assume all costs thereof.  Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. THESE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM (1) BREACH OF CONTRACT, (2) BREACH OF WARRANTY, (3) NEGLIGENCE, OR (4) ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION, TO THE EXTENT SUCH EXCLUSION AND LIMITATIONS ARE NOT PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY PART OF THESE TERMS OF USE, OR YOU HAVE ANY OTHER DISPUTE OR CLAIM WITH OR AGAINST COMPANY WITH RESPECT TO THESE TERMS OF USE OR THE COMPANY’S SERVICES, THEN YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Site must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or it shall be forever barred.

REVISIONS TO THIS AGREEMENT

Company may revise this Agreement at any time without notice by updating this posting.  By using this Site you agree to be bound by any such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this Site and page to determine the then current terms and conditions of use to which you are bound.

TRANSMISSIONS

Any material, information or idea you transmit to or post on this Site by any means will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary and may be disseminated or used by Company or its affiliates for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products.  You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this Site any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, profane material or any other material, including but not limited to any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under both domestic and international law.

DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT

Owners of copyrighted works who believe that their rights under U.S. copyright law have been infringed may take advantage of certain provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") to report alleged infringements.  If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our copyright agent the written information specified below. Please note that this procedure is exclusively for notifying us that your copyrighted material has been infringed.
An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;

  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed upon;
  • A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Site;
  • Your address, telephone number, and e-mail 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;
  • A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

Our Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement on the Site can be reached as follows:  Barbara Langridge, _______________________________________________

APPLICABLE LAWS & MISCELLANEOUS

If any provision(s) of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, then such provision(s) shall be construed, as nearly as possible, to reflect the intentions of the parties with the other provisions remaining in full force and effect.  Company’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by Company in writing.  The section titles in this Agreement are solely used for the convenience of the parties and have no legal or contractual significance.  This Agreement may be assigned in whole or in part by Company.  This Agreement may not be assigned in any manner by you without the express, prior written permission of Company.  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland notwithstanding any conflict of laws provisions.  You irrevocably and unconditionally (i) consent to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts of Maryland and the state courts located in Howard County, Maryland (the “Maryland Courts”) for any litigation or dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement, (ii) agree not to commence any litigation arising out of or relating to this Agreement except in the  Maryland Courts, (iii) agree not to plead or claim that such litigation brought therein has been brought in an inconvenient forum, and (iv) agree the Maryland Courts represent the exclusive jurisdiction for all disputes relating to this Agreement. You agree that the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, Annotated Code of Maryland, Commercial Law § 22-101 et seq. (“UCITA”), shall not apply to this Agreement to the extent allowable by law. The Parties agree that the Company shall be entitled to the use of self-help, including electronic self-help as those terms are defined in UCITA. 

11/2008

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