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By using this site, you are deemed to have agreed to these terms and conditions of use. We reserve the right to modify them at any time. You should check these terms and conditions periodically for changes. By using this site after we post any changes to these terms and conditions, you agree to accept those changes, whether or not you have reviewed them. If at any time you choose not to accept these terms and conditions of use, please do not use this site.
 
Scope of Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions apply to your use of all of the sites and services owned or operated by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and affiliated companies, (collectively referred to as "we," "us," or "our"), including nspe.org and any other site that we have owned or operated, do own and operate or may own or operate in the future (collectively, the "Sites"). Unless we say otherwise, all references to the Sites in these terms and conditions include all such sites. These terms and conditions do not apply to your use of unaffiliated sites to which any of the Sites only link.
 
Restrictions on Use of Materials
The contents of our sites are protected by copyright and trademark laws, and are the property of their owners. Unless we say otherwise, you may access the materials located within the Sites for your personal use only. This means you may download one copy of posted materials on a single computer for personal, noncommercial home use only, so long as you neither change nor delete any author attribution, trademark, legend or copyright notice. When you download copyrighted material you do not obtain any ownership rights in that material.
 
You may not modify, copy, publish, display, transmit, adapt or in any way exploit the content of the Sites. Only if you obtain prior written consent from us - and from all other entities with an interest in the relevant intellectual property - may you publish, display or commercially exploit any material from the Sites.
 
You must abide by all additional copyright notices or other restrictions contained in any of the Sites.
 
Links
These terms and conditions apply only to the Sites, and not to the sites of any other companies or organizations, including those to which any of the Sites may link. We are not responsible for the availability of any other site to which any of the Sites links. We do not endorse or assume responsibility for the contents, advertising, products or other materials made available through any other site. We will not held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of, or reliance on, any content, goods or services available on any other site. You should direct any concerns to that site's administrator or webmaster.
 
Other sites may link to any of the Sites only through a plain-text link. Permission must be granted by us for any other type of link to the Sites. To seek our permission, you may e-mail us at webmaster@nspe.org. We reserve the right, however, to rescind any permission granted by us to link through a plain-text link or any other type of link, and to require termination of any such link to any of the Sites, at our discretion at any time.
 
Submissions
We welcome your comments about any of the Sites. However, unless a site has set up a specific submissions policy, we will not review or consider any unsolicited creative submissions. We hope you will understand that this policy is intended to avoid any possibility of future misunderstandings in the event that projects developed by our professional staff might seem to others to be similar to their own creative work. Accordingly, we must ask that you not send us any original creative ideas, suggestions or materials. If, despite our request, you send us any creative idea, suggestion or material ("Submission"), it shall become our property. No Submission will be subject to any obligation of confidence by us, and we will not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Submission. We will exclusively own all known or later-existing rights to the Submission worldwide, and will be entitled to the unrestricted use of the Submission for any purpose, without compensation to the provider of the Submission.
 
NSPE Experts
The information provided by NSPE bloggers and experts are their opinions and statements and do not necessarily reflect the views, values or opinions of NSPE. Always consult an engineering, financial or legal professional or other expert to discuss your unique situation prior to taking any action based on the suggestions provided by NSPE bloggers and experts.
 
Commenting Policy
PE Journal Comment Policy: NSPE encourages you to add a comment to this discussion.  All comments should be relevant to the post.  Please note that NSPE exclusively reserves the right to remove any comment it deems inappropriate, harassing or unlawful, and to edit posted comments for clarity.  By submitting your comment, you hereby give NSPE the unlimited right to republish your comments and any accompanying personal identifying information you provide via any forms of media.
 
Registration
We may, at our discretion, suspend or terminate the registration of any forum user or general user who violates any of these terms and conditions of use, any of the forum member guidelines or for any other behavior that we in our discretion believe is inappropriate.

Disclaimers
The services, products and materials on this site are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. We disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

Neither we nor any of our respective licensors or suppliers warrant that any functions contained in the sites will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that the sites or the server that makes them available are free of viruses or other harmful components.

Neither we nor any of our respective licensors or suppliers warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the services, products or materials in this site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise. You (and not we or any of our respective licensors or suppliers) assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair or correction to your system.

Applicable law may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.
 
We do not endorse, warrant or guarantee any products or services offered on the Sites. We are not a party to, and do not monitor, any transaction between users and third party providers of products or services.
 
Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, will we or any of our licensors or suppliers be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials on the sites, or any products or services provided pursuant to the sites, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages (including but not limited to lost data), so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall the total liability to you by us or any of our licensors or suppliers for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you to us, if any, for accessing the sites.