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The Silent Majority Speaks - Terms of Service

(Last Updated: September 28, 2010)

The following terms and conditions ("User Agreement") govern your access to, and use of, this Web site located at www.thesilentmajorityspeaks.com, www.conservativeresearchfoundation.com or www.conservativeresearchfoundation.net (the "Site") operated by Conservative Research Foundation. ("CRF") and any of CRF's services accessible through the Site. This User Agreement do not alter in any way the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with CRF for products or services.

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You agree to abide by CRF's Code of Honor which is a set of guidelines regarding your behavior on the Site. The Code of Honor is intended as a complement to the Conduct Policy, but if for any reason there is a conflict between the terms of the Conduct Policy and the Code of Honor, the Conduct Policy shall prevail. The Code of Honor is incorporated by reference into this User Agreement.

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User Content
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Without limiting the foregoing, CRF and its Affiliates reserve the right to use the User Content as it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, deleting, rejecting, or refusing to post it. Your submission of User Content is subject to the terms our Conduct Policy. CRF and its Affiliates may, but are under no obligation to, offer you any payment for User Content that you submit or the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted to CRF. CRF and its Affiliates shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties and shall not be responsible for any third party use of User Content.

If it is determined that you possess any moral rights (including rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that (a) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, or deletion and exploitation of the User Content by CRF or its Affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns; (b) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (c) you forever release CRF, and its Affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns, from any claims that you could otherwise assert against CRF by virtue of any such moral rights.

CRF is for collaborative discovery and discussion of the news, not self-promotion. You agree not to post to the Site any links or other User Content which is intended to or may result in any monetary compensation or other benefit to you, including without limitation any affiliate links. In addition, while posting full articles which also appear on your blog is acceptable, you agree not to seed your own blog or other content created by you.

Your Liability
You are solely responsible for your activities on our Site, including all User Content that you submit or a third party submits on your behalf or using your account. You agree to indemnify CRF and its Affiliates, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, successors and assigns against any and all third party claims, actions, demands, suits and all related losses, liabilities, damages, penalties, costs and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees) incurred by an indemnified party arising out of or related to: (a) any violation of law or regulation from your use of the Site, (b) any actual or alleged breach by you of any obligations, representations, warranties under this User Agreement, including violations of our Conduct Policy; and (c) any actual or alleged infringement or misappropriation of the intellectual property rights of any third party by all User Content that you submit or a third party submits on your behalf or using your account.

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For purposes of this User Agreement, "Net Advertising Revenue" means (a) the amount actually collected by CRF from a third party for each page view or impression of an Ad, (b) less any allocated overhead costs, commissions, fees paid to third parties, taxes, bad debt, returns, discounts, royalties, credits, and any other costs and expenses arising from the sale and placement of such Ads.

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Links and Third Party Content

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No Warranties
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Limited liability
In no event shall we be liable for any indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages (including but not limited to loss of use, loss of profits, or loss of data) whether in an action in contract, tort (including but not limited to negligence), equity or otherwise, arising out of or in any way connected with the use of or inability to use this site or the materials therein or resulting from unauthorized access to or alteration of data.

You agree that crf's aggregate liability for any actual and direct damages hereunder shall not exceed the amounts paid by crf to you under this agreement. You acknowledge that this is a reasonable allocation of risk for your use of the site.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitation or exclusion of certain warranties, conditions or damages, so some of the above exclusions may not apply to you.

Applicable Law and Venue
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Changes to This User Agreement
CRF reserves the right to change or modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this User Agreement, or any policy of the Site, at any time and in its sole discretion. If CRF decides to change this User Agreement, it will post a new version on the Site and update the effective date set forth above. Any changes or modifications to this User Agreement or policy will be effective upon posting of the revisions. Your continued use of the Site following posting of any changes or modifications constitutes your acceptance of such changes or modifications. You should frequently review this User Agreement and any other applicable policies, including their dates, to understand the terms and conditions that apply.

Conduct Policy

Please read this Conduct Policy carefully. It governs your conduct while using various services on this Web site, located at www.thesilentmajorityspeaks.com, www.conservativeresearchfoundation.com or www.conservativeresearchfoundation.net (the "Site") and operated by Conservative Research Foundation. ("CRF"). By using our Site, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Conduct Policy.

Any violation of this policy may result in the suspension or termination of your access to the site or use of our service and such action as we deem appropriate. Indirect or attempted violations of this policy, and actual or attempted violations by a third party on your behalf, shall be considered violations of the policy by you.

Other Applicable Terms
Your use of the Site is also governed by the CRF User Agreement. Please review CRF's Privacy Policy to understand CRF's practices regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information on the Site.

Use of User Content

You are solely responsible for all content that you upload, post, email or otherwise transmit via or to the Site, including the submission of articles, commentary and all other data, documents, text, software, applications, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, ratings, forum postings, comments or other materials (collectively, "User Content"). As a provider of interactive services, CRF enables users to post such User Content in a public forum. CRF is not liable for any User Content provided by its users. User Content is displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only and is not controlled by CRF. CRF cannot guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such User Content. You understand that by using the Site, you may be exposed to User Content that may be offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will CRF be liable in any way for any User Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site.

Prohibited Conduct
The following non-exhaustive list describes the kinds of illegal or harmful conduct that are prohibited on our Site. You agree not to:

  • upload, post or otherwise transmit any User Content that:
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    • potentially infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or entity; or
    • is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
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  • attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site;
  • act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site, including (but not limited to) inappropriate usage of the Site's abuse reporting features;
  • use or authorize the use of any means to artificially or falsely drive user traffic to User Content that you or another user posts to the Site, including the use of automated, fraudulent or deceptive processes;
  • impersonate any person or entity, including, without limitation, a Site moderator or a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • interfere with the Site, or servers or networks connected to the Site, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Site;
  • post User Content that would be harmful to minors in any manner;
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  • post User Content in a language other than English, with the exception of ancillary phrases which may be necessary or illustrative in the middle of larger passages;
  • address employees of CRF or its volunteers or affiliates in an abusive, threatening, harassing, offensive, disparaging  or otherwise distasteful manner.

System and Network Security
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network comprising the Site. Such violations may result in criminal and civil liability. Examples of system or network security violations include, without limitation, the following:

  • Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or to breach security or authentication measures.
  • Unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site.
  • Interference with the Site including, without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload a system such as denial of service attacks.
  • Forging of any packet header, e-mail header or any part of a message header. This prohibition does not include the use of aliases or anonymous remailers.
  • Using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitations placed on this Site.

 

Enforcement
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Conduct Policy, CRF reserves the right, but does not assume the obligation, to investigate any violation of this Conduct Policy or any other misuse of the Site or its systems, equipment or network. CRF further reserves the right (each in its sole discretion) to screen, edit, modify, remove or disable access to any User Content that violates these provisions or that CRF deems objectionable. Without imitating the foregoing, and notwithstanding anything contrary in our Privacy Policy, CRF reserves the right to report any activity, data or persons (including the disclosure of relevant user information) to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties if CRF suspects you have violated this Conduct Policy or any law or regulation. CRF also may cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct.

If you want to report any violations of this Conduct Policy, please contact us at: violations@thesilentmajorityspeaks.com.

General Terms; Repeat Infringer Policy
We reserve the right, without notice and in our sole discretion, to terminate your account and your license to use the Site and to block or prevent future access to and use of the Site. Without limiting the foregoing, and in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it is CRF's policy to terminate, in appropriate circumstances as determined in our sole discretion, subscribers or account holders who we determine are repeat infringers. If any provision of this User Agreement shall be deemed unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this User Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. The following provisions will survive any termination of this User Agreement: "User Content", "Your Liability", "Trademarks", "No Warranties", "Limited Liability", "Applicable Law and Venue", and "General Terms". 

 


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