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Terms of Use

This Terms of Use Agreement ("Agreement") is a contract between you and Service Council ("Service Council," "SC," "us," or "we"), and you should carefully read this Agreement before using our website at www.servicecouncil.com (the "website"). We are willing to provide you with access to our website only on the condition that you accept all of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement. By accessing or using our website, you agree to be bound by this Agreement and all of its terms without change. If you are using our website on behalf of a company or organization, such company or organization will also be considered a party to this Agreement. If you do not agree to each of these terms and conditions, immediately discontinue access and use of this website. If you are under the age of 18, you may not use this website.

By using this website, you agree that this website by no means provides legal or accounting advice. If legal or accounting advice is required, seek out a lawyer or accountant. This website is intended only as a community center for service professionals, where they can exchange information and advice. Service Council serves to facilitate that information exchange through the research it conducts, the reporting of that research through various products, and the services it offers. Any notion that this website is offering legal or accounting advice should be resolved otherwise.

We assume no responsibility for any consequence based on the information provided to and by this website through our services. While we make every effort to keep information on this website accurate and to gather correct information from its users, we cannot guarantee, nor will we be responsible, for any damage or loss related to the accuracy of the information on this website or through our services. We may make improvements or changes in the information and services on this website, or terminate this website, at any time, for any or no reason, and without notice.

If at any time you are dissatisfied with this website in whole or in part, you are invited to provide feedback to us, but otherwise your sole remedy is to discontinue use of this website.

As a condition of your use of this website, you warrant that you will not use this website for any purpose that is against the law or prohibited by these terms. If you violate any of these terms, your permission to use this website immediately ends. You may not use any technology or manual process to monitor or copy any of the website's pages, data, or content without explicit permission from Service Council. You may not introduce malicious code to this website. You represent and warrant that you use frequently updated, commercially standard, virus protection software.

Use and License

We may provide users with services related to aiding communication among service professionals. We grant you access to this website during the term of this Agreement solely for such purpose. Use of this website may be available only in certain jurisdictions and is void where prohibited by law. Your eligibility to use this website is subject to our final approval and acceptance.

We grant you a limited, revocable, non-transferable and non-exclusive license to display on your computer, print, download, and use screen displayed text and other such content that is made available to you on the website, solely for your purposes necessary to receive the services and information provided on the website. You may not modify or create derivative work of this website's content or files generated by this website, and you may not allow any third party to do the same. On any copy of this website's content or in any file generated by this website, you must display the associated copyright notice. No other use of this website's content is permitted.

You agree not to access the website by any means other than through a commercially available web browser. You will not access or attempt to access password protected, secure or non-public areas of the website without our prior written permission. You will comply with all privacy laws.

In order to use the website, you must obtain access to the Internet and pay any service fees associated with such access. System availability and access to the services and information available on the website may be limited or unavailable for reasons which may include, without limitation, system performance, telecommunications failure, hardware failure, or software failure. We make no representations, warranties or assurances as to the availability of the website.

You are responsible for your use of your Internet browser, the website, and the services and information provided on the website. We are not responsible for deletion of data, timeliness of services, or the failure to store any of your data.

Your Account

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account username and password, and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your account username or password, or any other breach of security of which you are aware, and to ensure that you properly log off our website at the end of each session. We may, in our sole discretion, terminate your account or use of the website at any time and for any or no reason. We will not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the website.

You agree that any information you provide to us through the website will be accurate. If you provide any information that is inaccurate, or we have reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is inaccurate, we have the unlimited right to suspend or terminate any of your accounts and to refuse any and all current or future use of the website and our services.

Intellectual Property

All of this website's content, including but not limited to, text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, trade names, trademarks, service marks, trade dress, digital downloads, data compilations, software, and the compilation of any of the foregoing, is our property and is protected by United States and international patent, copyright, and trademark laws. The display and availability of the content on the website does not convey or create any license or other rights in the content. Any unauthorized copying, reverse engineering, redistribution, reproduction, publication, or modification of website content by any person without our prior written authorization is strictly prohibited, may be a violation of federal or common law, trademark, patent, and copyright laws, and may subject such a violator to legal action. The use of content from the website on any other website or networked computer environment is similarly prohibited. Requests for permission to reproduce or distribute materials found on the website can be made by contacting us in writing. You are also strictly prohibited from creating works or materials that derive from or are based on the website content or other materials contained in the website including, without limitation, fonts, icons, link buttons, wallpaper, desktop themes and unlicensed merchandise.

Disclaimer of Warranties

We disclaim any and all responsibility or liability for the timeliness, accuracy, legality, reliability, and availability of information or material contained on the website. The website may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. We disclaim any responsibility for the deletion, failure to store, and poor delivery of any information or material of the website or the use thereof. The contents of this website and any communications sent to you by the website or otherwise from us are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide legal or accounting advice, and should not be relied upon.

ALL SERVICES AND INFORMATION OFFERED ON THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH NO WARRANTIES WHATSOEVER. ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, AND STATUTORY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, ACCURACY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. WE DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES FOR THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICES OFFERED ON THE WEBSITE OR RECEIVED THROUGH ANY LINKS PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE, AS WELL AS FOR ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR THROUGH ANY LINKS PROVIDED ON THE WEBSITE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICES AND INFORMATION IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR CLAIMS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DAMAGES TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA, THAT RESULTS FROM DOWNLOADING OR OTHERWISE OBTAINING SUCH MATERIAL.

Where the law does not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, these exclusions may not apply.

Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY LOST REVENUES, LOST PROFITS, LOST OPPORTUNITIES, OR LOSS OF PROSPECTIVE ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE WEBSITE, ANY COMMUNICATIONS SENT TO YOU VIA THE WEBSITE OR OTHERWISE FROM US, OR INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM THE WEBSITE. WHERE THE LAW DOES NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY. IN NO EVENT WILL OUR MAXIMUM LIABILITY TO YOU EXCEED THE AMOUNT YOU PAID TO US FOR THE SUBJECT SERVICES OR $100, WHICHEVER IS GREATER.

Third Parties

This website may contain hyperlinks to third-party websites. Such hyperlinks are provided for your reference only. We do not control such websites and are not responsible for their content. We do not necessarily endorse the material on such websites or associate ourselves with their operators. Your access to and use of such websites is solely at your own risk.

Your correspondence or business dealings with third parties found on the website are solely between you and such third parties and are not binding on us. You agree that we are not responsible or liable for any actions, losses, damages, liabilities, claims, judgments, costs or expenses of any nature or kind incurred as the result of any such dealings, and you agree to indemnify us from and against any claims incurred as the result of any such dealings.

Links to Our Website

We grant you a limited, revocable, nontransferable and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to our website so long as the link or your linking website does not portray us or any of our services or information in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. In addition, your linking website must comply with all applicable law and must not otherwise violate this Agreement or the rights of others. You may not use any of our logos or other proprietary graphic or trademarks as part of the link without our express written permission. We may revoke this license at any time, with or without cause, in which case you agree to immediately remove such hyperlink. You may not link to any page other than the home page of this website. Any link to our website should be a full forward link that passes the client browser to our home page without barriers. The "back" button should return the visitor to original site if the visitor wishes to back out.

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

It is our policy to promptly process and investigate notices of alleged copyright infringement and take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Title 17, United States Code, Section 512. Pursuant to the DMCA, we have a designated agent to receive notification of alleged copyright infringement occurring on our website. The designated agent will acknowledge receipt and handle all complaints alleging infringement violations.

All notifications of claimed copyright infringement on the website should be sent only to our Designated Agent:

     Service Council - Corporate Counsel
     26 Court Street, Suite 810
     Brooklyn, NY 11242

The DMCA requires that all notices of alleged copyright infringement must be in writing. When informing the designated agent of an alleged copyright infringement, the notice must:
  1. Identify the copyrighted work that allegedly has been infringed.
  2. Describe the material that is claimed to be infringed upon and provide sufficient information to permit us to locate that material.
  3. Include contact information of the copyright owner or person authorized to act on behalf of the owner. Contact information must include name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  4. Certify or include a statement that you have a good faith belief that the use of the copyright-protected material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, the owner's agent, or law.
  5. Certify that the information that you have provided us is accurate. You should attest under penalty of perjury that you are authorized to enforce the copyrights that you allege have been infringed.
  6. We may not be able to act on the complaint promptly, or at all, if the copyright holder, or its designate do not provide the information required in the "Contents of Notice."
NOTE: THE DESIGNATED AGENT IS PROVIDED SOLELY FOR NOTIFYING US THAT YOUR COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL MAY HAVE BEEN INFRINGED. UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY CIVIL PENALTIES, INCLUDING MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS FEES INCURRED BY US, BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER, OR BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER'S LICENSEE THAT IS INJURED AS A RESULT OF OUR RELYING UPON YOUR MISREPRESENTATION. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY.

Miscellaneous

Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard to conflicts of law provisions. Any legal action or proceeding between Service Council and you related to this Agreement will be brought exclusively in a federal or state court of competent jurisdiction sitting in the State of New York, County of Kings.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement is the entire and exclusive agreement between the parties, and it supersedes all previous communications, representations or agreements, either oral or written, between them with respect to this subject matter. No representations or statements of any kind made by us, which are not included in this Agreement, shall be binding on us.

Amendments. You may not modify or amend this Agreement in whole or in part. We may replace or amend this Agreement from time to time, without notice, by posting new Terms of Use to this website. Please check periodically for changes. Your subsequent use of the website, or any content, services, or materials provided through the website, will be subject in all respects to the Terms of Use in force at the time of such subsequent use.

Waiver. No waiver of any provision herein shall be valid unless in writing and signed by both our authorized representative and you. Our failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of this Agreement or any right shall not be construed as a waiver of any such provision or right.

Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be illegal or unenforceable, such provision shall be automatically reformed and construed so as to be valid, operative, and enforceable to the maximum extent permitted by law or equity while preserving its original intent. The invalidity of any part of this Agreement shall not render invalid the remainder of this Agreement.

Headings. The headings contained in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall have no legal or interpretive effect.

Limitation. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of this website or this Agreement must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

Other. We may assign our rights and duties under this Agreement to any party at any time without notice to you.