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Terms of Use

Catholic Relief Services - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (CRS) agrees to provide you with access to and use of the web site and blog hosted at http://crs.org/ and http://crs-blog.org (collectively, the “Site“) subject to the terms and conditions of use set forth herein (”Terms“).

By accessing, using or submitting content of any nature and in any form (”Content“) to the Site, and in consideration for such access and use, you agree to be bound by these Terms, whether you only browse the Site or you are a registered user of the Site, and that these Terms constitute a legal agreement between you and CRS. Please read these Terms carefully. If you do not agree to these Terms, you must refrain from accessing or using the Site. CRS reserves the right to change these Terms at any time and you are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your agreement to these Terms as modified or amended from time to time.

You may print a copy of these terms for your records. These Terms can also be accessed any time at http://crs.org/terms-use.cfm.

1.Your Rights in the Content You Submit

By posting Content to the Site you grant to CRS a non-exclusive, fully paid and royalty-free, perpetual worldwide license to use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, translate, distribute, publicly display, and modify such Content and/or incorporate it into a collective work. You represent and warrant that (a) you own the Content you post to the Site, otherwise have the right to grant the foregoing license, or that such submission constitutes fair use; (b) the Content you post to the Site does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright rights, intellectual property rights, or any other rights of any person; and (c) the submission of your Content to Site does not result in a breach of any contract between you and a third party.

2.Prohibited Content and Activity

You agree that you will not post any Content to the Site or engage in any activity in connection with the Site (”Activity“) that is illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy, injurious, deemed inappropriate by CRS in its sole discretion, or otherwise prohibited by these Terms, including, without limitation, Content or Activity that:

You further agree that you will not post any Content to the Site or engage in any Activity, without the prior express written consent of CRS, that:

CRS reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action in its sole discretion against anyone who posts or engages in any of the foregoing Content or Activity, respectively, including without limitation, reporting you to law enforcement authorities. You are solely responsible for all Content you post to the Site and all Activity in which you engage and CRS accepts no responsibility whatsoever in connection with such Content and Activity.

You acknowledge that Content posted to the Site is not necessarily reviewed or screened by CRS prior to posting, but that CRS reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to edit, restrict or remove any Content posted to the Site or to terminate the registration of any user for any reason.

3.Disclaimer of Warranties, Limitation of Liability and Indemnification

This Site is provided “as is” and “as available” and CRS makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the Site’s operation or the information, Content or materials included on the Site, or the accuracy or reliability thereof. To the fullest extent permitted by law, CRS hereby disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, without limitation, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. You agree that CRS will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of or inability to use the Site and you expressly agree that you use the Site solely at your own risk.

You understand that CRS does not endorse the Content posted by users to the Site and that all opinions expressed by users of the Site are expressed strictly in their individual capacities, and not as representatives of CRS or its affiliates. You understand that all Content posted to the Site and all Activity in which users of the Site engage is the sole responsibility of the individual who originally posted the Content or engaged in the Activity in question.

You agree that CRS will not be liable, under any circumstances, for any errors or omissions, loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted on the Site.

You represent and warrant also that neither the Content you post nor the Activities in which you engage violate these Terms, and that you will indemnify and hold CRS harmless, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for any and all claims resulting therefrom.

4.Privacy Policy

Please be sure to read our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference.

If you believe that material posted to the Site infringes your copyrighted work, notify CRS of your infringement claim in accordance with the following procedure. All notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to CRS’s Designated Agent, who is:

 

Shannon Cornelius
In-House Counsel
Catholic Relief Services
228 W. Lexington St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-3413
phone: 410-234-3185
scorneli@crs.org

To be effective, the notification must be in writing and contain substantially the following information:

Upon receipt of a notification of claimed infringement that conforms to the foregoing requirements, CRS will investigate the claim and respond expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. It is CRS’s policy to, in appropriate circumstances, take reasonable steps within its power to terminate registered users who are repeat copyright infringers.

6.Miscellaneous

If any provision hereof is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from the other provisions hereof and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

These Terms shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Maryland or, if appropriate, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for resolution of any dispute, action or proceeding arising in connection with these Terms or your use or non-use of the Site, and you further irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any such dispute, action or proceeding.

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