Terms & Conditions
This website, www.washingtech.com, www.washingtech.org, and www.techpolicypodcast.org (the “Site”) is the website of The Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion ("WashingTECH"). WashingTECH is the nation's leading voice for civil rights & inclusion in the technology law & public policy community. WashingTECH develops programming for diverse technology public policy professionals working at the intersection of business, technology, and social justice and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education and research.
For more information about WashingTECH or if you have any questions about our Terms & Conditions, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Site contains extensive information, resources, and links (collectively, the “Material”) that may be of interest to you. Please note, however, that Material posted on the Site is not intended as legal advice nor should it be considered as such.
By accessing this Site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand these Terms & Conditions, and that you accept them and agree to be legally bound by them. You should not use this Site if you have any objections to any of these Terms & Conditions.
After reviewing these Terms & Conditions, if you have questions about WashingTECH and/or about the use of materials on our website, please contact us at:
The Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion, Inc.
11110 Sunset Hills Rd.
P.O. Box 8261
Reston, VA 20195
The terms “you” and “user” as used in these Terms & Conditions refer to all individuals and/or entities accessing this Site for any reason.
WashingTECH may revise these Terms & Conditions over time as new features are added to the Site or as laws and standards evolve. We will post those changes prominently but we recommend that you read these Terms & Conditions periodically when you visit the Site.
1. Copyrights and Permissions
Except as otherwise noted, all Material on the Site is:
Copyright © 2020 The Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion, Inc. (WashingTECH) All Rights Reserved.
In general, you may review and print copies of Material displayed on the Site, provided that the Material (1) is only used for your personal and/or noncommercial purposes, and (2) retains, without alteration, all copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices and any copyright management information displayed on the Material as posted on the Site. Downloading, printing, copying, distributing, transmitting, or otherwise making available any material on the Site for any commercial purpose is expressly prohibited without prior written permission. Please make such requests by e-mail to email@example.com. We will evaluate your request and respond as soon as possible.
As part of its educational mission, WashingTECH provides certain content on the Site for users to download and distribute freely, including but not limited to advocacy letters and material directed toward staff working in non-profit and advocacy grassroots, outreach, member services, and volunteer management, and reports and material developed for our educational campaigns. This content is clearly designated on the Site.
You may reproduce, distribute, transmit, publicly display, and/or publicly perform Material posted on the Site if done in accordance with 17 U.S.C. § 107 (“Fair Use”), 17 U.S.C. § 110 (the TEACH Act), or other applicable limitations and exemptions set forth in the U.S. Copyright Act and related laws. WashingTECH recognizes that not every educational use qualifies for Fair Use or another legislative exemption; therefore WashingTECH consents to use of Material on the Site for the limited purpose of classroom or workshop instruction in a school, educational organization, or other not-for-profit organization. In so using Material from the Site, users must (1) not materially alter the Material; (2) retain, without alteration, all copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices and any copyright management information; and (3) provide a link or other citation to the Site.
WashingTECH also provides a dedicated page on the Site for members of the press https://www.washingtech.com/newsroom (the “Newsroom”). Except where otherwise noted, press releases, photographs, articles, text, audio clips, and video clips that appear in the News Room (the “Press Material”) may be downloaded, reproduced, and published by members of the press for the sole purpose of creating or supporting news stories related to WashingTECH and the events covered in the Press Material in newspapers, magazines, online publications, television, or other media. Use of the Press Materials for any other purpose requires the prior written permission of WashingTECH. Please make such requests by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will evaluate your request and respond as soon as possible.
Certain Press Material as identified on the Site may require the retention of copyright notices. You agree not to modify any Press Materials so as to compromise its accuracy or to alter any photographs, audio clips, and/or video clips from the Press Material.
None of the material contained on the Site (including all software, HTML code, and other code) may be reverse-engineered, disassembled, decompiled, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, translated into any language or computer language, retransmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photo-reproduction, recordation or otherwise), resold, or redistributed without the prior written permission of WashingTECH.
WashingTECH has adopted a policy of terminating services to users who willfully and/or repeatedly infringe.
For further information regarding permission to use the Material, please contact us by e-mail at email@example.com.
2. Trademarks/Service Marks
Many of the trademarks/service marks and/or logos (collectively, the “Mark(s)”) displayed on the Site identify the products and services of WashingTECH and certain third parties and inform the public as to the source of those products and services. Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting any right or license to use any Mark. Your misuse of any Mark is strictly prohibited, including without limitation, your use of the Marks in any of the following ways:
In a manner likely to cause confusion;
To identify your products or services;
In, as, or part of your own trademarks or services marks;
In a manner that implies inaccurately a sponsorship, endorsement, or other connection between WashingTECH and your products, services, or other activities; or
In a manner that disparages or dilutes the Marks.
You are advised that WashingTECH will enforce our intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law. You agree not to display or otherwise inappropriately use the Marks without prior written permission from WashingTECH. Please make such requests by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will evaluate your request and respond as soon as possible.
3. Donations to WashingTECH
WashingTECH is grateful for your donations and support, which help WashingTECH work toward its goal of ensuring technology public policies reflect America's rich diversity.
All donations to WashingTECH, including without limitation in connection with awards dinners and advertising, may be made through the Site by credit card or PayPal, or by mailing a check, and are subject to the approval of the financial institution issuing the credit card or check. WashingTECH shall not be liable in any way if any financial institution refuses to accept or honor your payment for any reason. Each time you make a donation you are authorizing a charge to your designated account for the applicable amount.
4. Disclaimer of Third Party Sites
This Site provides links to other websites that we hope you will find helpful. WashingTECH does not control the material presented in other sites, however. WashingTECH does not vouch for or assume responsibility for the accuracy of such material and assumes no liability and shall not be responsible for damages arising from your ability to use those sites or for their content.
5. Additional Disclaimers and Limitation of Liabilities and Warranties
The Site may contain technical inaccuracies, typographical errors, and out-of-date information. WashingTECH makes no representations as to the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the information posted, and WashingTECH makes no warranty that the Site will meet your requirements. WashingTECH reserves the right to make changes to the Site at any time.
YOU UNDERSTAND, ACKNOWLEDGE, AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING THE SERVICES OFFERED ON OR THROUGH THE SITE, IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WashingTECH shall not be liable for any special, direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, or consequential damages, including without limitation, lost revenues or lost profits, which may result from the use of, access to, or inability to use the services and/or Site. (Because some jurisdictions do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for consequential or incidental damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.) WashingTECH makes no warranty, express or implied, as to the merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of the materials and/or services available from the Site, all of which are being offered “as is.” WashingTECH assumes no responsibility and shall not be liable for any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing the Site, or your downloading of any materials from the Site.
7. Intellectual Property Limitation of Liability
WashingTECH respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask visitors to the Site to do the same. If you believe that your work has been used in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, the following information in the form of a written notification (pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 512(c)) must be provided to the designated Copyright Agent of WashingTECH:
Identification of the copyrighted work(s) that you claim has been infringed;
Identification of where the material that you claim to be infringing is located on the Site;
A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the disputed material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law, including the law of copyright fair use;
A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed or are authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf;
Your address, telephone number, and e-mail address; and
Your physical or electronic signature.
The designated agent of WashingTECH for notification of claims of copyright infringement on this Site can be reached as follows:
Designated Agent for Intellectual Property
Joseph Shepherd Miller, President & CEO
The Washington Center for Technology Policy Inclusion, Inc.
11110 Sunset Hills Rd.
P.O. Box 8261
Reston, VA 20195
Similarly, if you believe that any of your trademarks or service marks have been infringed, or if you believe that your image has been used without your consent, please notify the designated agent of WashingTECH.
8. User Generated Content and Guidelines
In the event that the Site provides users with the opportunity to submit, post and/or exchange information, including but not limited to data, text, software, music, photographs, graphics or artwork, video, audio, messages, or other materials, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, you agree that you have read and are familiar with the following guidelines.
Please note that messages from users who violate our guidelines may be blocked. Users who violate our guidelines may also be sent a warning, and if necessary, will be banned from further posting.
You understand and agree that all text, graphics, software, music, sound, photographs, videos, messages, posts, data, information, or other materials (collectively, the “Content”) is the sole responsibility of the person with whom the Content originated. Therefore, you are responsible for all Content that you disseminate or transmit through or by means of the Site.
By posting Content on the Site, you grant WashingTECH a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully paid up, and irrevocable right and license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, publicly display and publicly perform the Content.
You will post honestly and in good faith and with the intention to inform accurately. We do not welcome people who wish to disrupt or insult other users. If we believe you are posting with the intent to cause disruption or harm to other users, you will be prohibited from further posting on the Site.
You agree not to:
(1) post, disseminate, or transmit any Content that is unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, threatening, obscene, harmful, tortious, libelous, or invasive of another’s privacy;
(2) post, disseminate, or transmit any Content that infringes or violates any party’s copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent, or other proprietary right, including, but not limited to, using third-party copyrighted materials without appropriate permission or attribution, using third-party trademarks without appropriate permission or attribution, and using or distributing third-party information (whether or not protected as a trade secret) in violation of a duty of confidentiality;
(3) post, disseminate, or transmit any worms, viruses, or other harmful, disruptive, or destructive files, code, or programs;
(4) impersonate any person or entity; falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity; intentionally omit, delete, forge, or misrepresent transmission information, including headers, return mailing, and Internet protocol addresses; or otherwise manipulate identifiers to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Site;
(5) post, disseminate, or transmit any Content you do not have the right to post, disseminate, or transmit;
(6) interfere with, disrupt, or harm in any way the Site or servers or networks connected to the Site;
(7) use the Site for any illegal purpose, in violation of any applicable laws or regulations or in violation of the rules of any other websites, website providers, or the like; or
(8) violate any applicable laws or regulations.
9. Dispute Resolution
In the event of a dispute arising from or relating to the Site or these Terms & Conditions, you agree to submit such dispute to non-binding mediation in the District of Columbia. If mediation is not successful within sixty (60) days, you or WashingTECH may submit the dispute to arbitration by a single arbitrator in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association in the District of Columbia. Any action based on a breach of any provision of these Terms & Conditions may be brought to the federal or local courts presiding in the District of Columbia, whichever is appropriate, and to whose jurisdiction you consent in such an action. Notwithstanding the foregoing, WashingTECH may seek injunctive relief at any time to enforce its intellectual property rights.
10. Applicable Laws and Jurisdictional Issues
The Site shall be governed by the laws of the United States, including U.S. federal copyright and trademark laws, and the laws of the District of Columbia applicable to contracts entered into and to be wholly performed therein without regard to conflict of laws or choice of laws principles. By visiting and using the Site, you consent to the jurisdiction of the courts presiding in District of Columbia and you agree to accept service of process by mail. You hereby waive any and all jurisdictional and venue defenses that might otherwise be available.
11. Compliance with Laws
You agree that you will not use the Site, or services provided on or through the Site, for any purpose that is prohibited by these Terms & Conditions or that is unlawful. Further, you agree not to access, download, use or export the Site or services provided on or through the Site, in violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. You agree to comply with all export laws and restrictions and regulations of any United States or foreign agency or authority, and not to directly or indirectly provide or otherwise make available the Site or services provided on or through the Site in violation of any such restrictions, laws, rules, or regulations, or without all necessary approvals.
12. Force Majeure
Notwithstanding any other provision contained in these Terms & Conditions, in the event that the performance of any obligation of WashingTECH is prevented due to acts of God, exchange controls, export or import controls, or any other government restriction, wars, hostilities, blockades, civil disturbances, revolutions, strikes, lockouts, or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of WashingTECH then WashingTECH shall not be responsible to you for any failure or delay in the performance of its obligations. WashingTECH shall promptly notify you of such force majeure condition. The terms of this clause shall not exempt, but merely suspend, WashingTECH from its duty to perform until as soon as practicable after a force majeure condition ceases to exist.
The headings of each of these Terms & Conditions are for convenience of reference only. Such headings shall be ignored in the interpretation or construction of any of these terms and conditions.
14. No Assignment
You may not assign your rights or obligations under these Terms & Conditions without the prior express written consent of WashingTECH.
15. Invalidity of Provisions
In the event that any portion of these Terms & Conditions is held to be unenforceable, the unenforceable portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intention and the remainder of the provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
16. No Waiver
Any failure by WashingTECH to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Terms & Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.
17. Changes to the Terms & Conditions
No changes to these Terms & Conditions shall be made except by a revised posting on this page, and no advice or other information provided by the Site or its representatives to any user in any manner which is not posted on this page will constitute any amendment of, waiver, or change to these Terms & Conditions, unless such an amendment, waiver, or change is in writing from an authorized officer or representative of WashingTECH.
18. Complete Understanding