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Terms of Use

Jim Burroway

January 9th, 2006

These Terms of Use spell out our rights as well as yours. Please take a few moments to read them. Hopefully you won’t find them too tedious.

The first thing you will need to understand is that if you use anything you find on this web site, you automatically agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. This statement applies even if you don’t read these Terms of Use. Just as you don’t have to read the actual state traffic laws to be bound by them, the same principle applies here.

The terms “we” and “us” include not only myself, but anyone who acts on behalf of Box Turtle Bulletin, now or at any time in the future.

By “you”, we mean you, the reader, or anyone who reads, downloads from, or in any way uses anything that is found on Box Turtle Bulletin at any time in the past, present, or future.

By “these Terms”, we mean this Terms of Use document that you are now reading.

By “use”, we mean accessing, reading or displaying any of the material on this site, or using or sharing the information you find on this site at any time for any purpose.

Everything you see on Box Turtle Bulletin is the copyrighted property of Box Turtle Bulletin unless it is specifically marked otherwise.  It includes all content found on the web site, as well as content published through Box Turtle Bulletin’s RSS feeds and email newsletter.

This site and all materials on it are protected under United States copyright laws. These laws give creators of original works the exclusive right to use their works for a period of time. According to these laws, copyrighted materials may not be used or copied without the express written consent of the copyright holder.

Nothing in these Terms gives you ownership rights to any material on this site. You may not sell, assign, sublicense or otherwise transfer these materials, copy them for other than approved uses, publish them on other Web sites, or in other media that exists today or at any time in the future, without our expressed written permission. This restriction extends to any content found at or distributed via our RSS Feeds, or our email newsletter. Content that we distribute via RSS and email newsletters are for your own personal use only. Under no circumstances may content from Box Turtle Bulletin’s RSS feed be republished onto another web site, or redistributed in any way, shape or form via any channels which exist outside of our control and authorization, without the expressed written consent of Box Turtle

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Individuals are licensed by Box Turtle Bulletin to access the materials owned by Box Turtle Bulletin for private non-commercial (i.e. educational, personal or professional) purposes only. This license however does not authorize you to re-publish or redistribute materials owned by Box Turtle Bulletin except as follows.

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You may not use any material on Box Turtle Bulletin in such a way that implies that Box Turtle Bulletin endorses a product or service.

If you want to do something beyond what we describe here, you must obtain expressed written consent from Box Turtle Bulletin.

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Box Turtle Bulletin welcomes links from other sites. We’ll try really hard not to alter our URL’s or remove content because we don’t want your web site to suffer from broken links any more than we want it for our own. However, we cannot guarantee that a URL we create today does not become inactive tomorrow. We may change our URL’s without warning, and we may choose to remove content at any time.

You’re free to link to any web page on Box Turtle Bulletin, no matter how deep the link may be. Link to web pages only. Do not, under any circumstances, link directly to any images on Box Turtle Bulletin.

Do not, under any circumstances, “frame” or “mirror” any part of the Box Turtle Bulletin web site. Do not, under any circumstances, republish content from our RSS feed without expressed written permission from Box Turtle Bulletin.

All remarks, comments, suggestions, ideas, photos, graphics, inventions, or other materials that you send to Box Turtle Bulletin become the property of Box Turtle Bulletin. Once we receive it, it is ours to do with it as we wish, including publishing it in part or in whole. We can use it, or anything like it, in anything we do without paying you or anyone else for it.

We retain rights of ownership for all communications of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to: E-mail, letters, postcards, photographs, faxes, phone messages or conversations, personal conversations, text messages (including instant messaging services), audio or video recordings or any other medium or mode of personal communications which exists now or in the future.

Due to the sensitive topics that we discuss on Box Turtle Bulletin, there are many types of communications that we receive where we will protect your privacy. Please see our Privacy Policy for more details on how we will protect your privacy under certain conditions. We reserve the sole right to determine how your communications with us qualifies for protection under the terms of our Privacy Policy.

If you are dissatisfied with any materials on this site or with these Terms, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue visiting this site or using the materials, and to cease all contact with us.

If you are dissatisfied with any materials on this site or with these Terms, and you do not avail yourself of the remedies specified above, your ongoing actions, communications, and use of our materials will constitute an admission to harassment, and may be pursued as such.

Miscellaneous Provisions
If any provision in these Terms is found to be invalid by a court having competent jurisdiction, that finding will not affect the remaining provisions of these Terms. The remainder shall continue to remain in full effect and force.

While these Terms specify certain limitations and prohibitions, a lack of a specific limitation or prohibition does not imply permission beyond what is explicitly allowed in these Terms. If you have any questions, please E-mail us at the address at the bottom of these Terms.

Should we fail to exercise or enforce any part of these Terms, it doesn’t mean we give up the right to act differently in the future.

All obligations under these terms survive any termination of your relationship with Box Turtle Bulletin

These Terms may be changed at any time without notice.

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I hope these Terms of Use don’t sound too onerous or unreasonable. If there is anything you want to do that isn’t covered here (or is even prohibited here) it doesn’t mean we’ll refuse to consider it. There are a lot of good ideas out there, and it’s important for all of us to work together on matters of interest to the gay and lesbian community. So if you have an idea that does not appear to be expressly permitted here, or is even directly prohibited here, please ask us.