Many people throughout the region and the larger Internet community
use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site for communicating, collaborating and sharing
information. Each user must share in the responsibility to use these
facilities wisely, fairly and with courtesy. Read these Acceptable
Use Policies carefully before accessing or using the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site. By
accessing any page of the Web site beyond its "Home" page, you agree
to abide by the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation set forth
herein (Agreement). If you do not wish to be bound by this Code of
Conduct and Terms of Participation, do not access or use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site.
Access and use of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site, the information it makes available,
the services it provides, and any derivative use thereof, are subject
to the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation set forth herein and
all applicable laws. The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc., may revise
the Acceptable Use Policies from time to time by updating this posting
with a clear message in the "Whats New" and "Home" pages stating that
there are changes in the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site Acceptable Use Policies. The Potomac
KnowledgeWay Project reserves the right to remove any objectionable
material or terminate any misuse of services which contravene these
agreements of fair conduct and participation.
In essence, the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation amount to some
common sense principles which can be summarized in 10 points. Be sure to
read this entire document carefully however. You must agree to the full
text of the Code and Terms in order to participate at the KnowledgeWay Project's Web site.
- Fulfilling the spirit of The Potomac KnowledgeWay Mission
The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project's mission is to further understanding and
communication of the potential rewards and risks of the knowledge revolution,
inspiring our community to seize its economic, educational and social
opportunities, and making the region a global model of collaborative
achievement. Each and every use and application of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Web site information
and services should, in some way, contribute to or further the fulfillment of
the Project's mission.
- Accuracy of Information and Communications
The accuracy, relevance and quality of the information and communications provided
by individuals such as yourself set the tone and level of quality for Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site.
For this reason you agree that the information contained in any of contributions
you make available for use with or through the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site will be accurate to the
best of your knowledge. You also agree to keep entered or posted information
that is retained in Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site current and, when applicable, purged once the
information has served its purpose.
- Use and Abuse of Information and Communications
You agree to respect the rights of others relative to the contact and resource
information that is made available through Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web
site and, specifically agree not to use the contact information to solicit
business or for mass communications, either through electronic,
telephone or direct mail means. Although it is certainly envisioned that the
information and services will help you advance your business or institution, you
agree not to resell, package or convey this information and services to others for
direct commercial or political application.
- Freedom of Association and Non-Interference
As a user of Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site, you acknowledge that it is a shared community resource
open to all to freely communicate, share information and produce content that is
of benefit to the Potomac region and the communities within it. Users with any
areas of interest or background have the right to associate online via Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site,
so long as they do so within the Code of Conduct and Terms of Participation herein.
Many people and organizations post information on the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site through its
Roadmap, Exchange, Contacts and other facilities. You are expected not to alter,
damage or delete any information or communications that are not of your own
posting, ownership or responsibility or to otherwise interfere with the ability
of another to use the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site for information posting or communication.
- Material You Submit
You agree not to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous,
defamatory, obscene, pornographic, profane or otherwise objectionable information
of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or
encouraging conduct that constitutes a criminal offense, restricts a civil liberty
or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law, including
without limitation the United States export control laws and regulations.
Additionally, you agree to limit your language to that which is appropriate for
presentation to and use by all age groups and demographic sectors and that you
will demonstrate a courtesy for others.
While you may retain the copyright in material you upload or post to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site,
all such material you submit will become part of a database, the compilation
copyright in which is owned exclusively by the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc.
In addition, (1) you grant to the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. and other
Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site subscribers a royalty-free, perpetual, world-wide, irrevocable license
to use, copy, create derivative works of and redistribute all materials you submit
to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site; (2) you warrant that you have all rights necessary in the materials
you submit to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site to grant the foregoing license and that the use of such
material by the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. and other Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site subscribers
will not infringe on any other party's rights; and (3) you agree to indemnify and
hold the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. and its subscribers harmless from any
claims or damages arising as a result of your use of the system or the materials
you upload or post to the system, including but not limited to any attorneys' fees
and expenses incurred by Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc.
- Observe and Obey the Rules of Copyright and
You agree to respect all copyright, trademarks and service marks
regarding software, information and attributions of authorship. You will
not upload, post, publish, transmit, reproduce, or distribute in any way,
information, software or other material that is copyrighted, or derivative
works with respect thereto, to Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site or obtained from Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site
without the prior written permission of the copyright owner or rightholder.
Similarly, you agree to recognize and carry forward trademark and service
marks applicable to these materials.
- Use for Illegal Activities Prohibited
The use of Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site for any illegal activities is prohibited. Illegal
activities include, but are not limited to, tampering with information data
bases and software, unauthorized entry to other networks or computers,
trafficking in illegal products or substances, disobeying trade restrictions,
violating civil rights laws, or knowledgeable vandalism or destruction of
- DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY
THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., PROVIDES THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION
AND SERVICES "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR
IMPLIED, AND THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS,
TRUSTEES AND PARTNERS CANNOT AND DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY, AUTHORITY,
COMPLETENESS, USEFULNESS, TIMELINESS , NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE SERVICES AND INFORMATION.
NEITHER THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS,
TRUSTEES AND PARTNERS SHALL BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY LOSS OR
INJURY CAUSED IN WHOLE OR PART, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS OWN
NEGLIGENCE, CONTINGENCIES BEYOND ITS CONTROL, LOSS OF DATA, OR ERRORS OR
OMISSIONS IN THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES AS WELL AS THOSE IN
OTHER INFORMATION AND SERVICES WHICH ARE REFERENCED BY OR LINKED TO POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE.
IN NO EVENT WILL THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., ITS AFFILIATES, AGENTS,
TRUSTEES AND PARTNERS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DECISION MADE OR
ACTION TAKEN BY YOU IN RELIANCE ON SUCH POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES OR
FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES COULD INCLUDE TECHNICAL OR OTHER
INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE
INFORMATION AND SERVICES HEREIN; THESE CHANGES WILL BE INCORPORATED IN NEW
VERSIONS OF POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE AND ARE INCLUDED IN THE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND
LIABILITY. THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT, INC., MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR
CHANGES IN THE POTOMAC KNOWLEDGEWAY PROJECT WEB SITE INFORMATION AND SERVICES AT ANY TIME.
- Copyright and Limitations on Use
Certain sections of the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site information and services contain material
which is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Those
sections, such as "Living in a Network World" are marked with a copyright
notice within their respective sections. These copyrighted documents and
services may be displayed, reformatted and printed for your personal,
non-commercial use only. You agree not to reproduce, retransmit, distribute,
disseminate, sell, publish, broadcast or circulate the information and
services provided through Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site to anyone, including but not limited
to others in the same company or organization, without the express prior
written consent of The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc., or the lawful
copyright holder, with this one exception: you may, on an occasional and
irregular basis, include insubstantial portions of information from the
Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site information and services in hard copy and electronic memoranda,
reports, or presentations, but only if such memoranda, reports and
presentations are distributed or otherwise made available for a noncommercial
purpose, to a limited number of individuals. You must include in all such
memoranda, reports and presentations all copyright notices and an original
source attribution to The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site and its
URL address. All other uses of copyrighted material, including any derivative
use, requires express prior written permission from The Potomac KnowledgeWay
This agreement is personal to you, and you may not assign your rights or
obligations to anyone. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or
unenforceable under applicable law, the remaining provisions will continue
in full force and effect.
- Service Marks
The following are service marks of The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc.:
The Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, The Potomac KnowledgeWay, KnowledgeWay,
and the KnowledgeWay Connected logo.
- Governing Law and Forum
This Agreement, all intellectual property issues, and your rights and
obligations shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America
and the Commonwealth of Virginia governing contracts wholly entered into
and wholly performed with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Any and all proceedings
relating to or arising from this Agreement shall be maintained in the courts
of the County of Fairfax, of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United
States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, which courts
shall have exclusive jurisdiction over such proceedings, and you hereby consent
to the jurisdiction of such courts.
This code of conduct and terms of participation, and any supplemental code
and terms posted on the system, represents the entire agreement between you
and the Potomac KnowledgeWay Project, Inc. regarding Potomac KnowledgeWay Project Web site, and it
supersedes and merges all prior proposals, understandings and other
agreements, oral and written, between us.
Thank you for reading and agreeing to this Code of Conduct and Terms