Terms of Service
RURAL INNOVATION STRATEGIES, INC. TERMS OF SERVICE
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2022
Welcome to the Terms of Service for the RISI Website.
These terms of service (“TOS”) apply to your use of the website created and operated by Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (“RISI” or “our” or “we” or “us”), located at https://ruralinnovationstrategies.com/, including all associated web pages and mobile sites (collectively, the “Site”).
These TOS govern your use of the Site. Please read these TOS carefully as they contain important information regarding your legal rights and obligations.
AGREEMENT TO TERMS OF SERVICE; CHANGES TO TERMS OF SERVICE
By using the Site, you agree to be bound by and comply with these TOS.
PLEASE READ THESE TOS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE SITE. If you do not understand these or any future TOS or if you do not or cannot agree to these or any future TOS, please do not use or access (or continue to use or access) the Site.
We reserve the right to modify, add to, or delete from these TOS in our sole discretion at any time by posting a revised version of these TOS on this page. Each version of these TOS will indicate at the top of this page the date the TOS were last revised. Your continued use of the Site after any revised version of these TOS is posted constitutes your acceptance of the revised TOS. Because these TOS may change from time to time, it is important that you regularly review these TOS to ensure that you are updated as to any changes. These TOS, including any posted revisions, shall remain in full force and effect while you use the Site.
The Site is offered and available for access and use only by United States residents who are at least 18 years old. By using this Site, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding agreement with RISI and meet all of the foregoing eligibility requirements. If you do not meet all of these requirements, please do not access or use the Site.
When we refer to the “use” of the Site, we mean any actual or attempted access to or use of the Site, including, without limitation, any access to, viewing, browsing, transmission, exchange of information, use of, or communication associated with the Site. As used in these TOS, a “User” is anyone who uses the Site.
If any new aspects or components of the Site become available, they will be considered a part of the Site, and your use of them will be governed by these TOS unless we notify you that different terms and conditions apply. You must comply with any additional terms that apply to third-party content, material, information, software, or other services.
USE OF THE SITE
We are pleased to have you visit the Site. The Content (as defined in these TOS) provided on the Site is intended to educate, entertain, and inform you and other users of the Site (“Users”). As stated above, the Site, including any Content, is offered and available for access and use by U.S. residents only and is not intended for use by children.
As a condition of your use of the Site, you agree that you will not use the Site, including any Content, for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these TOS. By way of example and not as limitation, you agree that you will not:
- Use the Site, including any Content, for any unlawful purpose or in any way prohibited by these TOS.
- Use the Site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any of the Site’s servers or the network(s) connected to any of the Site’s servers, or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Site.
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access to any part of the Site (including any Content), other accounts, computer systems, or networks connected to any Site server, through hacking, password mining, or any other means.
- Obtain or attempt to obtain any Content, materials, or information through any means not intentionally made available through the Site.
- Use the Site in connection with surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk e-mail, spamming or any duplicative, exploitative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise).
- Publish, post, upload, link to, discuss, disseminate, mention, or list names, telephone numbers, addresses, e-mail addresses, facsimile numbers, domain names or websites of any other Users.
- Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, offend, provoke, name call, or otherwise violate the legal rights (including the rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
- Use or otherwise make available, pass off as your own, or solicit for exchange, sale, or purchase, any materials protected by intellectual property laws, including but not limited to, copyright or trademark laws (or rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consent to do the same.
- Publish, post, disseminate, link to, use, modify, copy, reproduce, republish, transmit, or otherwise make available any Content or materials made available through the Site in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other personal or proprietary right of any party.
- Publish, post, disseminate, use, link to or otherwise make available any image, photograph or picture of any other person or User without that person’s or User’s consent.
- Upload files to the Site that contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the Site or the operation of another’s computer or property of another.
- Harvest, solicit, or otherwise collect personal information from or about other Users for any purpose.
- Attempt to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of the Site or to breach security or authentication measures, regardless of your motives or intent.
- Use the Site in any manner that is inconsistent with or violates any applicable laws or regulations.
- Create a false identity on the Site for the purpose of misleading others.
- Publish, post, disseminate, link to, upload, use, copy, or otherwise make available (whether or not for a fee) any directory of Users of the Site.
- Subscribe to the Site: under a new User name if RISI has restricted, suspended or terminated your use of the Site; with a Username that is offensive, deceptive or violates any other party’s rights; with a non-working or inactive e-mail address, or an email address other than your own.
- Publish, post, upload, disseminate, discuss, mention, or insinuate false information about other Users.
- Use the Site to impersonate or attempt to impersonate RISI, a RISI employee, another User, or any other person or entity (including, without limitation, by using email addresses associated with any of the foregoing).
- Use the Site for the purpose of exploiting, harming, or attempting to exploit or harm minors in any way by exposing them to inappropriate content, asking for personally identifiable information, or otherwise.
- Use the Site to engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Site, or which, as determined by us, may harm RISI or Users of the Site, or expose them to liability.
Persons found in violation of any of these rules or any aspect of these TOS, as decided in by us in our sole discretion, may have their access to the Site blocked and their membership revoked. Violations of system or network security or these TOS may result in civil or criminal liability.
We may discontinue, modify, or suspend any aspect of the Site without prior notice of any kind. We may impose limits on use of the Site, or suspend or discontinue access to all or part of the Site, without prior notice of any kind. Please check these TOS every time you visit to view any changes.
We reserve the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against any Users who violate any of the provisions in the TOS (as determined in our sole discretion), including, without limitation, removing, editing, or modifying any offending Content, or denying, restricting, suspending, or terminating access to all or any part of the Site, with or without prior notice or explanation, and without liability to RISI. We also reserve the right to terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Site for any reason or no reason, including without limitation, any violation of these TOS.
We reserve the right to investigate occurrences that may involve such violations and may involve, provide information to, and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting Users who are involved in such violations. RISI has no obligation, however, to take any of the above-referenced actions and is not responsible for the conduct of any Users who violate this provision.
Without limiting the foregoing, we reserve the right to cooperate fully with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity or other information of anyone posting any materials on or through the Site. YOU WAIVE AND HOLD HARMLESS RISI AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSEES, AND SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ANY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM ANY ACTION TAKEN BY ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES DURING, OR TAKEN AS A CONSEQUENCE OF, INVESTIGATIONS BY EITHER SUCH PARTIES OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.
You are solely responsible and liable for any such activity, behavior, use, and/or conduct regarding the Site. You agree that you are solely responsible for, and that RISI has no responsibility to you or to any third party for, any breach of your obligations under these TOS or for the consequences (including any loss or damage that RISI may suffer) of any such breach.
CONTENT ON THE SITE
Content provided on the Site could include, but is not limited to, any and all materials, documents, reports, presentations, blog posts, white papers, data, text, information, media, webinars, podcasts, photographs, graphics, images, materials, music, audio and video clips (together, “Content”). Except as otherwise provided in these TOS, you are not permitted to use any Content or to reproduce the Content in any manner without the prior written consent of RISI.
The Content is intended to educate, entertain, and inform you. Once you have access to Content, it is available for you to read as well as for you to use and download at no charge and without our prior written approval, subject to the following:
- Non-Commercial Use: Generally, no portion of the Content may be used (including reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited) for any commercial purpose. If you are interested in using any portion of the Content for a commercial purpose, please contact us as provided below.
- Attribution: When you use any portion of the Content as permitted in these TOS:
- If particular Content has an identified author, you must give appropriate credit to the author.
- You must include the following language on each page of the document:
Reprinted with permission from Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. [YEAR]. All rights reserved.
- You may not provide attribution in any way that suggests that the author or RISI endorses you or your use of the Content.
- Note that although you are permitted to use the Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. name to comply with this attribution requirement, you are prohibited from using our logos or other Marks, as set forth in these TOS.
- License Agreements: From time to time, your use of certain Content may be conditioned on your acceptance of license agreements relating to such Content. By acquiring or using the Content, you agree to such terms and conditions. We will provide notice of such license agreements (“License Notice”) at the bottom of such Content.
- Original Form: Any reproduction or display of the Content must be in the form originally downloaded from the Site, without any editorial changes to the Content, except as otherwise allowed in these TOS, in the License Notice, or in written permission from RISI. This provision does not, however, restrict excerpting portions of Content in a manner that does not alter the editorial intent.
Any unauthorized use of the Content automatically terminates any permission or license granted by RISI. If you breach, or permit another person or entity to breach, any terms of this provision, we reserve the right to require that you immediately cease any use or distribution of the Content.
RISI reserves the right to monitor, restrict access to, edit, modify, or remove any Content on the Site. RISI reserves the right at all times to disclose any information RISI deems necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request, or to edit, modify, refuse to post, or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in RISI’s sole discretion. THESE RIGHTS WILL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO CREATE ANY LIABILITY TO RISI IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTENT.
The Content presented on or through the Site is made available solely for general information purposes. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of this information. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials by you or any other visitor to the Site, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents.
The Site contains information and materials that are displayed, provided, or otherwise made available through the Site, directly or indirectly, including without limitation any and all Content, Marks (as defined in these TOS), icons, links, software, text, displays, images, video, and audio, and the design, selection, and arrangement thereof, which is protected by copyright, trademark, and other laws (“IP Content”). The IP Content is protected by U.S. and international copyright, trademark, and other laws, and you acknowledge that these rights are valid and enforceable. RISI and its licensors own and retain all rights in such IP Content, and the IP Content is and will remain the property of RISI and its licensors, except as otherwise provided in these TOS. No right, title, or interest in or to the Site or any Content on the Site is transferred to you, and all rights not expressly granted in these TOS are reserved. You acknowledge that you do not have or acquire any rights in or to any IP Content, and you shall not use any IP Content except as specifically permitted under these TOS. You may not do or allow anyone else to do anything with the IP Content that is not specifically permitted under these TOS.
Use of IP Content. The IP Content is intended to educate and inform you. The IP Content may be used solely to the extent necessary for your authorized use of the Site, as provided in these TOS, or as expressly authorized in writing by RISI or, if so indicated in writing by RISI, its licensors or suppliers. Modification of the IP Content or use of the IP Content for any other purpose than permitted in these TOS is a violation of our copyright and other proprietary rights and is strictly prohibited. We may change the Site or delete IP Content or features at any time, in any way, for any or no reason, in our sole discretion. Unless otherwise specifically set forth in these TOS, on the Site, or we give you written permission, you may use, access, download, and/or copy the IP Content (and print a single copy) only for your personal and non-commercial use, and you will not alter, erase, or otherwise obscure our copyright, trademark, proprietary, or other notices on the IP Content. You acknowledge and agree that the IP Content: is made available for informational, entertainment, and educational purposes only without representation or warranty of any kind; is not a substitute for legal advice or your professional judgment; and unless otherwise specifically specified on the Site, should not be construed as an endorsement by or representation of the opinions of RISI. We do not give legal advice. If you print, copy, modify, download, or otherwise use or provide any person with access to any part of the Site in breach of these TOS, we reserve the right to immediately terminate your right to use the Site. Upon notification by RISI, you shall return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made. Your reliance upon any IP Content obtained by you on or through the Site is solely at your own risk. You agree to comply with all notices and requirements accompanying third-party Material.
Marks. The trademarks, service marks, logos, slogans, brands, brand names, trade dress, trade names, domain names, and any other distinctive identification (together, the “Marks”) referenced on the Site are either common-law service marks or trademarks or registered service marks or trademarks of RISI or its licensors or suppliers and are protected by trademark laws in the United States and other countries, and international laws and treaties. The look and feel of the Site, as well as all page headers, graphics, button icons, and scripts, is our proprietary trade dress and may not be copied, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without our prior written consent.
Other names of actual companies and products mentioned on the Site may be the trademarks of their respective owners, and reference to them does not suggest sponsorship or endorsement by or association with RISI. Nothing contained in the Site should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any Marks displayed on the Site. You are not permitted to use any Marks of RISI and/or its licensors displayed on the Site, including as metatags or any other “hidden text” without prior written permission of RISI or such third party that may own the Mark. The Marks may not be used in connection with any product or service that does not belong to us, or in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner that may disparage or discredit us.
Our current Marks include but are not limited to: RISI, RURAL INNOVATION STRATEGIES, INC., and design marks.
Copyrights. Except as otherwise provided in these TOS, the Content as well as the underlying programming code to create the Site is owned by us (or licensed to us), is protected under U.S. and international copyright law and other intellectual property law, and may not be copied, reproduced, distributed, modified, or publicly displayed without our prior written permission. Nothing contained herein grants or shall be construed to grant you any rights to use any of the Content or its underlying programming code. You may request permission by contacting us as provided here .
Copyright Notice. All contents of the Site are: ©2022 Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright Complaints. We respect the intellectual property rights of others, and we ask that you and all Users of the Site to do the same. It is our policy not to permit materials known by us to infringe another party’s copyright to remain on the Site. If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that the Site contains links or other references to another online location that contains material or activity that infringes your copyright rights, you may notify us by providing the following information (as required by the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 512, the “DMCA”) to our copyright agent set forth below:
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
- Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit RISI to locate the material;
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit RISI to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
- A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
If you fail to comply with all of the requirements of Section 512(c)(3) of the DMCA, your DMCA notice may not be effective.
Please be aware that if you knowingly materially misrepresent that material or activity on the Site is infringing your copyright, you may be held liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) under Section 512(f) of the DMCA.
It is our policy in appropriate circumstances to disable and/or terminate the accounts of Users who are repeat infringers.
Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc
2 Quechee Road
P.O. Box 202
Hartland, Vermont 05048
Attention: Robin Kilfeather-Mackey
Feedback. We welcome your comments and feedback about the Site. You agree that, by sharing such feedback with us, you grant to us a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license to use and incorporate into the Site any suggestions, enhancement requests, recommendations, corrections, or other feedback you provide relating to the Site.
Unsolicited idea submission. Note that we do not accept or consider unsolicited submissions concerning our business or operations, including, but not limited to, original ideas for new advertising campaigns, promotions, products, services, technologies, processes, materials, marketing plans, or new product/service names. Please do not send us such submissions. The purpose of this policy is to avoid potential misunderstandings or disputes when our services, products, or marketing strategies appear similar to ideas submitted to us. All such submissions to us are considered the property of RISI. We do not have an obligation to protect the confidentiality of any such submissions. We will exclusively own all known or later-existing rights in and to such submissions worldwide, and we will be entitled to the unrestricted use of any such submissions for any purpose, without compensation to you or any third-party provider of such submissions.
LINKS TO WEBSITES; INTEGRATION WITH THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS
Links to Third-Party Sites. The Site may provide links to other websites or resources (the “Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of RISI, and we are not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, any advertising, products, services, or other materials on or otherwise made available via such Linked Sites. RISI is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. We are providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by us of the Linked Site or any association with its operators. When you access any third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. You acknowledge and agree that we 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 use of or reliance on any such content, products, or services made available on or through any Linked Site.
Links to the RISI Site. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home pages of the RISI website (https://ruralinnovationstrategies.com/) so long as the link does not portray RISI and its affiliates, or their products or services, in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter.
Integration with Third-Party Applications. The Site may contain features designed to interoperate with Third-Party Applications (as defined below). If you wish to use such features, you may be required to obtain access to such Third-Party Applications from their providers. If the provider of any such Third-Party Application ceases to make the Third-Party Application available for interoperation with the Site, we may cease making such Third-Party Applications available on the Site. You acknowledge and agree that we are not the provider of the Third-Party Applications and that we disclaim any and all liability arising out of your use of the Third-Party Applications. For purposes of these TOS, “Third-Party Application” shall mean online applications and offline software products that are provided by entities or individuals other than us, and that interoperate with the Site, including without limitation the hosting services provided by Amazon Web Services or any other company used by us for cloud hosting services for the Site.
At RISI, we strive to improve access for people with disabilities and to lower barriers to access for all.
Accessibility Standard Applied: In building the Site, we worked directly with industry leaders and developers who acknowledge and endorse the work of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) and referenced the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 to increase our web accessibility.
Accessibility Support: At RISI, we will continue to increase our web accessibility to help ensure we continue to serve the needs of persons with disabilities. Feedback regarding the way the Site provides information to persons with disabilities can be made by telephone, by mail, or by email.
PRIVACY AND PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
THE SITE IS PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, AND YOUR USE OF THE SITE IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH IN THESE TOS, RISI AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE SITE, ANY CONTENT, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, OR YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF ANY OF THE FOREGOING INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND/OR NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR ANY WARRANTIES ARISING BY COURSE OF DEALING OR CUSTOM OF TRADE. RISI AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY THAT ANY MATERIAL, CONTENT, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES DISPLAYED ON OR OFFERED THROUGH THE SITE ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, APPROPRIATE, RELIABLE, OR TIMELY. RISI AND ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES THAT THE SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND/OR THAT YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE, FREE OF VIRUSES, MALICIOUS CODE, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, OR OTHERWISE SECURE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY WARRANTIES THAT CANNOT BE DISCLAIMED, EXCLUDED, OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND RELEASE
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL RISI OR ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR (1) LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF BUSINESS, OR LOSS OF ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, OR (2) PERSONAL INJURY, PAIN AND SUFFERING, OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO OR CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SITE, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE THE SITE, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, CONTENT, AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE AND STRICT LIABILITY), OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER OR NOT RISI KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, EVEN IF RISI OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, REPRESENTATIVES, OR SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE SITE, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF SERVICE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE, INCLUDING ANY AND ALL CONTENT.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN THE EVENT YOU HAVE ANY DISPUTE WITH ONE OR MORE THIRD PARTIES AS A RESULT OF YOUR USE OF THE SITE, INCLUDING ANY CONTENT, OR ARE IN ANY WAY DAMAGED AS A RESULT OF ANY THIRD PARTY IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, YOU HEREBY RELEASE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE OR OTHERWISE MAKE A CLAIM, DEMAND, OR FILE ANY LEGAL ACTION OR INSTITUTE ANY LEGAL OR REGULATORY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST RISI, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS, SUPPLIERS, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES FOR ANY CLAIMS, ACTIONS, DEMANDS, OR DAMAGES (WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL), OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED OR UNSUSPECTED, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT, DISCLOSED OR UNDISCLOSED. IN ADDITION, IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 1542, WHICH STATES: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.”
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT RISI WOULD NOT HAVE PROVIDED THE SITE BUT FOR THESE DISCLAIMERS OF LIABILITY, AND YOU AGREE THAT THE TERMS ARE REASONABLE.
THE FOREGOING DOES NOT AFFECT ANY LIABILITIES OR REMEDIES THAT CANNOT BE DISCLAIMED, EXCLUDED, OR LIMITED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
Except as prohibited by applicable law, you shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless RISI and its licensors, suppliers, and affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents from any loss, liability, claim, judgment, award, cost, or demand, and from any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental, or consequential damage, however it arises (including attorneys’ fees and all related costs and expenses of litigation, or at trial or on appeal, if any, whether or not litigation is instituted), whether in an action of contract, negligence, other tortious action, or other legal action, or arising out of or in connection with these TOS, including without limitation any claim for personal injury or property damage, arising from or related to: (i) your use of the Site, including any Content; (ii) your violation of any provision of these TOS; and/or (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any copyright, property right, privacy right, or other intellectual property right. We may, if necessary and at our sole discretion, participate in the defense of any such claim or action and any negotiations for its settlement or compromise. No settlement that may adversely affect our rights or obligations shall be made without our prior written approval. We reserve the right, at our own expense and on notice to you, to assume exclusive defense and control of any such claim or action. This defense and indemnification obligation will survive termination of these TOS and your use of the Site.
REQUIREMENTS FOR USE OF THE SITE
Site for use by U.S. residents only. The Site is owned and operated by Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. from its offices in the State of Vermont, United States of America. The Site is designed to comply with the laws of the State of Vermont and the United States, and it is offered and available for access and use only by U.S. residents. Access to and use of the Site may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you use or access the Site, including any Content provided through the Site, outside of the United States, you do so on your own initiative and you are solely responsible for compliance with the laws and regulations of your jurisdiction as well as these TOS. The Site may contain links to other websites, some of which may be outside the U.S. Those other websites may have information that is appropriate only to the particular originating country or region where such other website is based. You should not construe anything on the Site as a promotion of or solicitation for any product or service or for the use of any product or service that is not authorized by the laws and regulations of the United States. RISI makes no representation that materials on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations.
Special Provisions Relating to Users Outside of the United States. The following provisions apply to Users outside the United States: (a) You consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States; and (b) If you are located in a country embargoed by the United States, or are on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals, you are not permitted to engage in commercial activities on the Site.
Severability. If any provision of these TOS shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these TOS and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions, which will remain in full force and effect.
Waiver. If RISI does not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy that is contained in these TOS (or that RISI has the benefit of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of RISI’s rights, and those rights or remedies will still be available to RISI.
Survival. Any provision of these TOS that by its nature must survive the termination of these TOS in order to give effect to its meaning shall survive such termination.
Headings. Headings used in these TOS are for reference purposes only and in no way define or limit the scope of the provision.
No Third-Party Rights. These TOS do not confer any third-party beneficiary rights.
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