The provisions set forth below (the "Agreement") state the terms and conditions that govern your use of the website located at www.starcertification.org (the “Website”) and the services and materials offered thereon (the “Services and Materials”) by Star Certification.
PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY. BY USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. If you do not agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement, please discontinue your use of the Website immediately.
1. Copyright. Unless otherwise indicated, the copyright in the content of this Website, including the screens displayed on the website, is owned by Star Certification. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, publicly display, prepare derivative works based on, or distribute in any way any portion of the Website, including but not limited to the code and software underlying the Website.
2. Warning. Star Certification may, in its sole discretion, modify or discontinue the information and materials contained in this Website (including the terms, conditions, and descriptions that appear here in) and any other aspect of the Website at any time without prior notice and without liability. Services and products offered on the Website are not necessarily available in all geographic areas. Your eligibility to obtain particular services and products is subject to the final determination of Star Certification.
3. Purpose of Website. The information contained in this Website is for informational purposes only. Such information is not intended to replace, and should not be interpreted or relied upon as professional advice from Star Certification, whether legal or otherwise. Accordingly, please consult with your own professional experts for all advice concerning legal matters, human resource matters, and the like that may be discussed on this Website.
4. Usage. The Website is accessible to you through a computer or other access device. Its content may include information, editorial content, chat rooms, and links to other websites. You are responsible for all charges associated with accessing the Web Site.
5. Access to Certain Portions of the Website. Access to certain portions of the Website is restricted to members of Star Certification, holders of certain Star Certification certifications, and others. To become eligible to access any such portions of the Website, you may be required to give Star Certification certain information. You agree to provide true, accurate, and complete information and to update this information when it changes. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, outdated, incomplete, or misleading, or if Star Certification suspects that you have provided any untrue, inaccurate, outdated, incomplete, or misleading information, Star Certification may, in its sole discretion, suspend or terminate your membership, certification status, and/or right to access all or part of this Website. If Star Certification assigns you a user ID and/or password to enable you to access restricted portions of the Website, you are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your ID, password, and other account information. You will be responsible for all usages of the Website made with your user ID and or password. You agree that you will notify Star Certification immediately of any unauthorized use of your password, user ID, or account, or any other breach of security. You agree that you will log off of the Website immediately when you are finished using it in order to prevent fraud by unauthorized persons.
6. Restrictions on Usage. As a condition to your right to use the Website, you will not: (a) engage in any activity that disables the Website or otherwise impedes its operation or limits its availability to others; (b) alter in any way the content of the Website; (c) use the Website to post or otherwise disseminate any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, offensive, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent, or fraudulent communication of any kind, as determined by Star Certification in its sole discretion; (d) use the Website to post or otherwise disseminate any communication that infringes or dilutes any intellectual property or that violates any person’s rights of privacy or publicity; (e) use the Website to transmit any virus, bot, worm, Trojan horse, or other harmful software; (f) use the Website to post or disseminate any communication that encourages or assists any other person to engage in illegal activities; (g) utilize the Website or any information contained in the Website to assist in any way with the transmission of unsolicited email messages to any other person; (h) impersonate any other person or entity or misrepresent any fact about yourself; (i) distribute, transfer, or disseminate any information derived from the Website through or onto a searchable, machine-readable database; (j) use the Website to collect information about other users of the Website; or (k) attempt to use the Website to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems or networks connected to the Website.
7. Monitoring by Star Certification. Star Certification has the right, but not the obligation to monitor the use of the Website. If Star Certification monitors the use of the Website, Star Certification may examine, copy, and record any information relating to your usage of the Website. Star Certification reserves the right to disclose any such information in order to comply with any law, regulation, or governmental request. Star Certification shall have the right, but not the duty, to remove any communication that Star Certification, in its sole discretion, finds to be objectionable or inappropriate.
8. No Warranties. The information and materials contained in this website, including text, graphics, links, and other items are provided on an “as is” basis. Star certification does not warrant the accuracy, adequacy, or completeness of the information and materials and expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in the information and materials. No warranty of any kind, implied or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or freedom from computer virus, is given in connection with the information and materials.
9. Limitation of Liability. In No event will star certification be liable for any damages, including without limitation direct or indirect, special, incidental, consequential or other damages, losses, or expenses arising in connection with the use of this website or any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus or line or system failure, even if star certification or representatives thereof are advised of the possibility of such damages, losses, or expenses. Star certification shall not be liable for any consequences of your reliance on any advice, opinions, statements, or recommendations that appear on or are disseminated through this website. Any such reliance is at your own risk. Star certification shall not be liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any user of the website. Some states do not allow the disclaimer or limitation of incidential or consequential damages, so the disclaimers and limitations set forth in this section may not apply to you. Some states do not allow limitations on how long implied warranties may last, so the limitations set forth in this section may not apply to you. This section gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights. These other rights vary from state to state.
10. Acknowledgment of Warranty Disclaimers. You acknowledge and agree that Star Certification would not have made this Website available to you without the warranty disclaimers and the limitations on liability and remedy that appear in this Agreement.
11. Indemnification. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Star Certification, its affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from (i) any material posted or otherwise provided by you that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret. trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) any misrepresentation made by you in connection with your use of the Website; (iii) any noncompliance by you with the terms of this Agreement; and (iv) any claims brought by persons or entities other than you or Star Certification arising from or related to your access and use of the Website, including the information obtained through the Website.
12. Termination. Star Certification, at its sole discretion, and for any reason or for no reason, may terminate your password or your access to all or part of the Website, and may delete and discard any information that you have published, sent or received on or via the Website.
13. Trademarks. No Star Certification trademarks or trademarks owned by any other person that appear on this Website may be copied, downloaded, or otherwise utilized without the express written consent of the owner of such trademark.
14. Minors. If you permit any minor child to use this Website, you will be solely responsible for: (i) the online conduct of such minor child; (ii) the monitoring of such minor child's access to and use of the Website; and (iii) the consequences of any such usage.
15. Child Online Protection Act Notification. Pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 230(d), as amended, Star Certification hereby notifies you that parental control protections (such as computer software, hardware and filtering services) are commercially available for you to purchase. These protections may assist you in limiting access to material that could be harmful to minors. Information about purchasing such protections is available at http://www.eff.org/pub/censorship/ratings_filters_labelling/.
16. Infringement Policy. Star Certification, pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Section 512, as amended, reserves the right but not the obligation to terminate your right to use the Website if Star Certification determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, that you are involved in an activity that infringes the intellectual property of others. Star Certification seeks to accommodate, and not interfere with, standard technical measures used by copyright owners to protect their materials. In addition, pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Section 512(c), Star Certification has implemented procedures for receiving written notification of claimed infringements and for processing such claims in accordance with the law. All claims of infringement must be submitted to Star Certification in a written complaint that complies with the requirements below and is delivered to our designated agent to receive notification of claimed infringement.
To submit any such complaint by mail, please use the following address:
450 North Brand Blvd,
Glendale CA 91203.
To submit any such complaint by e-mail, please use the following address: [email protected].
Any written notice regarding any defamatory or infringing activity, whether of a copyright, patent, trademark or other property right must include the following information:
17. Public Information. If you post any content in any form on this Website, or disseminate any such information through the Website, you will be deemed to have relinquished any intellectual property rights in such content. Such content will be deemed to be public information. Star Certification may use any such content for any purpose.
18. Modification. Star Certification reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend this Agreement in any way at any time. Any such amendment shall become effective when it is posted on this Website. Your continued use of the Website will constitute your binding acceptance of any such amendment.
19. Limit on Exportation. Unless otherwise specified, this Website is intended solely for use in the United States of America. Star Certification operates Website from its offices in the State of California, United States of America. Star Certification makes no representation that the materials on the Website are appropriate or available for use outside of the United States. Those who choose to access the Website from outside of the United States do so with this understanding and are responsible for compliance with local laws. Software on the Website is subject to United States export controls. No software from the Website may be downloaded or otherwise exported: (i) into or to a national resident of Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria or any other country to which the United States has embargoed goods, or (ii) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department List of Specifically Designated Nationals or the U.S. Commerce Department's Table of Deny Orders. By using the Website, you represent and warrant that you are not located in, under the control of, or a national or resident of any such country or on any such list.
20. Governing Law and Choice of Forum. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, U.S.A., without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. All disputes relating to this Website, this Agreement, or your use of this Website shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in the State of California, USA.
21. No Assignment by User. You may not assign any of your rights, obligations, or privileges under this Agreement without the prior written consent of Star Certification.
22. Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is deemed unlawful, void, or otherwise unenforceable, then that provision shall be considered severable from this Agreement. Such provision shall be enforced to the fullest extent allowed by law to achieve the intention of the parties. The severable provision shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions of the Agreement.
23. Waiver. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement will be effective unless set forth in a written instrument signed by the waiving party. No waiver of any breach or default shall be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default.
24. Captions. The captions, titles, and subtitles used in this Agreement are used for convenience only and are not to be considered in construing or interpreting this Agreement.