Terms and Conditions
Digital Rights and Copyright
Most information presented on the Site is considered public domain information. Public domain information may be freely distributed or copied, but use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested. Some materials on the Site are protected by copyright, trademark, or patent, and/or are provided for personal use only. Such materials are used with permission, and we have made every attempt to identify and clearly label them. You may need to obtain permission from the copyright, trademark, or patent holder to acquire, use, reproduce, or distribute these materials.
Use of Site
The Site is an information sharing site for use in collaboration between colleagues in accordance with these Terms. Any other use of the Site or Software is strictly prohibited, including without limitation, any of the following:
- taking any action to interfere with the operation of the Site;
- taking any action to (or attempting to) reverse engineer, download, copy or modify the Software in any way;
- using the Site for any inappropriate or unlawful purpose;
- uploading any Content onto the Site that is defamatory, threatening, obscene, harassing, infringing or otherwise unlawful; and/or
- removing or modifying any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices from the Site
Content Responsibility and Limitations
NIACS reserves the right to immediately terminate your access to the Site in the event of any violation of these Terms. In the event of any termination or expiration of your access to the Site, and at your option, NIACS can provide for the transmission to you of all uploaded Content. Otherwise, Content will be removed or deleted immediately after termination or expiration of your access to the Site.
THE SITE IS A VENUE FOR USERS TO SHARE PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION AND LINKS TO EXTERNAL SITES. NIACS DOES NOT CREATE AND HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY CONTENT UPLOADED BY USERS ON THE SITE, WHICH IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. NIACS MAKES NO WARRANTY AS TO THE QUALITY, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS AND/OR VALIDITY OF ANY SITE CONTENT. NIACS MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold NIACS, its affiliates, agents, officers, employees and licensors harmless from and against any and all claims and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorney fees, in any way arising out of or related to your use of the Site, a violation of these terms or any other law or regulation.
Limitation of Liability
YOU AGREE THAT NIACS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS OR EXPENSE OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF OR RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR ANY SITE CONTENT, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH DAMAGE, LOSS OR EXPENSE IS BASED IN TORT, CONTRACT OR OTHERWISE. IN NO EVENT SHALL NIACS BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY RELATED TO THE SITE OR THE SITE CONTENT, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER NIACS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU AND, IN THAT EVENT, THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF NIACS’ LIABILITY TO YOU SHALL NOT EXCEED $100.00.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
These terms of service are governed by the laws of the State of Michigan without reference to its conflict of laws provisions. You agree that any dispute related to the terms of service and/or arising out of your use of the Site or the Site content shall be brought in the federal court sitting in the State of Michigan having jurisdiction thereof or the state circuit court in Houghton County, Michigan and you waive any claim that such courts do not have personal jurisdiction or are an inconvenient forum. No claim or cause of action you may have relating to the terms of service and/or arising out of your use of the Site or the Site content must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises.
Use of the NIACS logo is intended for the official use of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science only. The NIACS logo is expressly excluded from use to imply endorsement of a commercial product or service. The symbol or logo may not be used by anyone without permission.
Links to Other Sites
The Site has links to many other Web sites. Once you access another site through a link that we provide, you are subject to the copyright and licensing restrictions of the new site. It is the sole responsibility of you, the user of this site, to carefully examine the content of the site and all linked pages for copyright and licensing restrictions and to secure all necessary permissions.
These terms of service constitute the entire agreement between you and NIACS with respect to the Site and it supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous communications. The failure of either party to require performance by the other party of any particular term shall not constitute a waiver of the term. The invalidity or unenforceability of any term shall not effect the remaining terms of service. A printed version of these terms of service and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings to the same extent as any other business documents or records originally generated and maintained in printed form.
We collect non-personally identifying information that your browser makes available when you visit a website. The information we store does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain and IP address from which you access our website. For example, if you access our website from school, we see "schoolname.edu" and the school's IP address;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit; and
- If you linked to the Site from another website, the address of that website.
You Send Us Personal Information
Communication and collaboration are integral features of this website. If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an e-mail, or by filling out a form and submitting it to us through our website, we use that information to respond to your message. We may share the information you give us with another professional entity if your inquiry relates to that entity and can help us respond to your message.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
COPPA applies to the online collection of personal information from children under age 13. NIACS complies with COPPA and does not knowingly collect personal information about children.