Visitor Agreement

Welcome to HowStuffWorks.com, a division of InfoSpace LLC ("HSW"). Please read this Visitor Agreement; by using this website, you accept its terms.

This Visitor Agreement applies to all of the websites where it is posted. Those websites are referred to collectively in this Visitor Agreement as the "HSW Sites." Additional terms and conditions may apply to some services offered on the HSW Sites. Such terms and conditions may be found at the place where the relevant service is offered.

The Web is an evolving medium; we may change the terms of this Visitor Agreement from time to time. By continuing to use any of the HSW Sites after we post any such changes, you accept this Visitor Agreement, as modified. We may change, restrict access to, suspend or discontinue the HSW Sites, or any portion of the HSW Sites, at any time. HSW respects the privacy of our users. Please take a few minutes to review our Privacy Policy.

 

If you disagree with any material you find on the HSW Sites, we recommend that you respond by noting your disagreement in an appropriate site forum where there is one. We also invite you to bring to our attention any material you believe to be factually inaccurate by visiting our Contact Us page. us at [ ].

 

The material that appears on the HSW Sites is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Despite our efforts to provide useful and accurate information, errors may appear from time to time. Before you act on information you've found on the HSW Sites, you should confirm any facts that are important to your decision. HSW and its information providers make no warranty as to the reliability, accuracy, timeliness, usefulness or completeness of the information on the HSW Sites. HSW is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee the performance of, goods and services provided by our advertisers or others to whose sites we link. A link to another website does not constitute an endorsement of that site (nor of any product, service or other material offered on that site) by HSW or its licensors.

NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to HSW’s Designated Agent. To be effective, the notification must be in writing and include the following information:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
  3. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing and information reasonably sufficient to permit HSW to locate the material;
  4. Your address, telephone number, and, if available, your e–mail address;
  5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notification is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
  7. Send the written communication to our Designated Agent as set forth below:

Name of Agent Designated to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement: Nathan Garnett
Full Address of Designated Agent to Which Notification Should be Sent: 10900 NE 8th Street, Suite 800, Bellevue, WA 98004.
Telephone Number of Designated Agent: 425.201.8782
Facsimile Number of Designated Agent: 425.201.6167
E-Mail Address of Designated Agent: copyright@infospace.com

 

 

USER-GENERATED VIDEO

In submitting user-generated video to the HSW Sites, you agree to the following terms and conditions: For good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, you grant InfoSpace LLC ("HSW"), HSW's joint venture partners, vendors, production companies, and programming and content distributors, and the parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns of all of the foregoing (collectively, the "HSW Parties") a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, fully paid up license to make use of and distribute your user-generated video submitted hereunder, as well your name, voice, likeness and appearance therein (if any) and the personally identifying information you provide on or in connection therewith (collectively, the "Video Submission"), as further described below. You acknowledge and agree that you shall not be entitled to share in any revenue that the HSW Parties may or may not earn or generate through its use of your Video Submission.

HSW Parties' Right to Use Your Video Submission. You grant the HSW Parties the non-exclusive right to edit in any manner, and to use and distribute and license others to use and distribute, your Video Submission, or any portions, reproductions or versions thereof, on the websites, products and/or services (in any and all media, now known or hereafter invented, including without limitation television, home video/DVD products, and mobile services) of the HSW Parties, an unlimited number of times, in perpetuity, throughout the world, with or without charge or cost to end-users or other third parties. You also grant the HSW Parties the right to use and distribute, and license others to use and distribute, your Video Submission in the promotion of such websites, products and/or services, to the same extent permitted for use and distribution of your Video Submission hereunder.

Clearance of Your Video Submission for the HSW Parties' Use. You represent and warrant that your Video Submission is your original work and that you have secured any and all rights, releases and permissions necessary for the HSW Parties' use and distribution of your Video Submission hereunder, including without limitation those related to any people, places, music, performances of dance or music, video, photographs and/or graphics in your Video Submission (collectively, the "Elements"). You represent and warrant that, to the best of your knowledge, no further permissions or fees are due for the HSW Parties' use and distribution of your Video Submission or any Elements therein. You further represent and warrant that any statements made by you or others in the Video Submission are true to the best of your knowledge and that neither they, nor any Element of your Video Submission, will violate any law or regulation or violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party.

Waiver of Right of Approval. You hereby waive any right of inspection or approval of your Video Submission as used and distributed by the HSW Parties, including without limitation any approval of your appearance and/or use of your name therewith or the uses to which either may be put.

Release and Waiver; Indemnification. You acknowledge that the HSW Parties will rely on the foregoing terms and conditions potentially at substantial cost to them, and you hereby waive the right to assert any claim of any nature whatsoever against any party relating to the exercise of the rights and permissions granted hereunder. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the HSW Parties from any and all claims arising from their use and distribution of your Video Submission as permitted herein.

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL MEDIA SITES, CHAT ROOMS, FORUMS, AND BLOGS

HSW wants to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas through the HSW Sites. But we cannot and do not review every posting made on HSW’s community and social media sites, or in chat rooms, forums, blogs, and other public posting areas. You can expect these areas to include content, information, and opinions from a variety of individuals and organizations other than HSW. We do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy of any posting, regardless of whether the posting comes from a user, from a celebrity or "expert" guest, or from a member of our staff. There is no substitute for healthy skepticism and your own good judgment.

Responsibility for what is posted on HSW’s community and social media sites, or in chat rooms, forums, blogs and other public posting areas on the HSW Sites lies with each user -- you alone are responsible for material you post. HSW does not control the messages, information or other content that you or others may provide through the HSW Sites. You may use the HSW Sites for lawful purposes only.

By using the HSW Sites, you agree not to submit, post or transmit through the HSW Sites any material or otherwise engage in any conduct that:

·         Violates or infringes the rights of others including, without limitation, patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, publicity, privacy or other proprietary rights;

·         Allows you to gain unauthorized access to the HSW Sites, or any account, computer system, or network connected to the HSW Sites, by means such as hacking, password mining or other illicit means;

·         Is unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, tortuous, or contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of, sexual acts;

·         Victimizes, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;

·         Collects for marketing purposes any email addresses or other personal information that has been posted by other users of the HSW Sites.

·         Impersonates any person, business or entity, including HSW and its employees and agents or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person, business or entity, including HSW;

·         Contains an advertisement or solicitation or encourages others to make a donation;

·         Contains viruses or any other computer code, files or programs that interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment, or otherwise permit the unauthorized use of a computer or computer network;

·         Encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense or that gives rise to civil liability or that otherwise encourages others to commit illegal activities or cause injury or property damage to any other person;

·         Results in the posting or transmission of any message anonymously or under a false name;

·         Permits any person to access, using your account, any features of the HSW Sites that may require registration;

·         Results in a single message being posted to more than five areas of any HSW Site, results in any message being posted to any area of the HSW Sites if that message is, in our view, off-topic or in violation of this Visitor Agreement; or

·         Violates these Terms of Use, guidelines or any policy posted on the HSW Sites, or interferes with the use of the HSW Sites by others.

 

Although HSW cannot monitor all content on HSW’s community and social media sites, or postings in the chat rooms, forums, blogs and other public posting areas, you understand that HSW shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content of the HSW Sites to determine compliance with this Visitor Agreement and any other operating rules that may be established by HSW from time to time. HSW shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, move, delete, or refuse to post any material, including but not limited to Video Submissions, submitted to or posted on the HSW Sites for any reason, including violation of these Terms of Use, whether for legal or other reasons, or because the material is objectionable or stale. Notwithstanding this right of ours, users shall remain solely responsible for the content of their messages and Video Submissions. You acknowledge and agree that neither HSW nor any of its affiliates shall assume or have any liability for any action or inaction by HSW with respect to any conduct within the HSW Sites or any communication or posting on the HSW Sites. HSW also reserves the right to disclose any information that HSW believes necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or governmental request, or to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part.

HSW requires you not to use the HSW Sites to violate anyone's copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights. By posting or submitting any material (including, without limitation, photographs and videos) to the HSW Sites, you are warranting and representing that you own or have the right to post or make such submission of the material, or are making your submission or posting with the express consent of the owner, and that no other party has any right, claim, or interest in the material that you have submitted or posted. You also warrant that all moral rights in any material that you submit to us or post have been waived. Submitting or posting material that is the property of another, without the consent of its owner, is not only a violation of this Visitor Agreement, but may also subject you to legal liability for infringement of copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights.

USE OF MATERIALS

With the exception of any and all Video Submissions (HSW’s permitted use of which is discussed above) and any material posted on HSW’s community and social media sites, all other material you submit to any of our chat rooms, forums, blogs and other public posting areas, whether text or images, becomes the property of HSW and may be reproduced, modified and distributed as we see fit, in any medium, for any purpose and in perpetuity. Further, you understand that by posting material on HSW’s community and social media sites, you are granting to HSW, and to anyone authorized by HSW, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to display, use, copy, modify, transmit, sell, exploit, create derivative works from, distribute, and/or publicly perform such materials posted on HSW’s community and social media sites, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium, now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose. The foregoing grant shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such posting or submission, including, but not limited to, rights under copyright, trademark, service mark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction. Also, in connection with the exercise of such rights, you grant HSW, and anyone authorized by HSW, the right to identify you as the author of any of your postings or submissions by name, email address or screen name, as HSW deems appropriate. Please also note the last paragraph in the “COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL MEDIA SITES, CHAT ROOMS, FORUMS, AND BLOGS" section above. Click here for the terms and conditions that govern the submission of user-generated video to the HSW Sites.

The materials available through the HSW Sites are the property of HSW or its licensors, and are protected by copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws. You are free to display and print for your personal, non-commercial use information you receive through the HSW Sites. But you may not otherwise reproduce any of the materials without the prior written consent of the owner. You may not distribute copies of materials found on the HSW Sites in any form (including by e-mail or other electronic means), without prior written permission from the owner. Of course, you're free to encourage others to access the information themselves on the HSW Sites, and to tell them how to find it.

LINKING

We welcome links to the HSW Sites. You are usually free to establish a hypertext link to any of the HSW Sites so long as the link does not state or imply any sponsorship or endorsement of your site by any of the HSW Sites or by HSW. However, you should check the copyright notice on the page to which you wish to link to make sure that one of our content providers does not have its own policies regarding direct links to their content on the HSW Sites.

NO SOLICITING

You agree not to use the HSW Sites to advertise, or to solicit anyone to buy or sell, products or services, nor to solicit anyone to make donations of any kind, without our express written approval.

NO SPAMMING OR SPIMMING

From time to time, users post their e-mail addresses in our chat rooms, forums, blogs and other public posting areas. You may not gather these e-mail addresses for commercial or illegal purposes, such as sending unsolicited or unrequested e-mail or instant messages.

NO FRAMING

Without the prior written permission of HSW, you may not frame, or make it appear that a third-party site is presenting or endorsing, any of the content of the HSW Sites, or incorporate any intellectual property of the HSW Sites, HSW or any of their licensors into another website or other service.

TRADEMARKS

We don't want anyone to be confused as to which materials and services are provided by HSW and which are not. You may not use any trademark or service mark appearing on the HSW Sites without the prior written consent of the owner of the mark.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY

We work hard to make the HSW Sites interesting and enjoyable places, but we cannot guarantee that our users will always find everything to their liking. Please read this Disclaimer carefully before using any of the HSW Sites.

YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE HSW SITES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF POSSIBLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HSW SITES, AND THE INHERENT HAZARDS AND UNCERTAINTIES OF ELECTRONIC DISTRIBUTION, THERE MAY BE DELAYS, OMISSIONS, INACCURACIES OR OTHER PROBLEMS WITH SUCH INFORMATION. IF YOU RELY ON ANY HSW SITE OR ANY MATERIAL AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HSW SITES, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM ANY MATERIAL AND/OR DATA DOWNLOADED FROM OR OTHERWISE PROVIDED THROUGH THE HSW SITES.

THE HSW SITES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS IS, WITH ALL FAULTS, AND AS AVAILABLE. THE HSW SITES, INFOSPACE LCCAND THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS AND LICENSORS CANNOT AND DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HSW SITES, NOR DO THEY GUARANTEE THAT THE HSW SITES WILL BE ERROR-FREE OR CONTINUOUSLY AVAILABLE, OR THAT THE HSW SITES WILL BE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE HSW SITES, INFOSPACE LLCOR THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE FOR ANY DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF USE OF THE HSW SITES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR SIMILAR DAMAGES, EVEN IF WE ARE ADVISED BEFOREHAND OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. (BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE LIABILITY OF THE HSW SITES, INFOSPACE LLC AND THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS AND LICENSORS IS LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY SUCH STATE LAW.) YOU AGREE THAT THE LIABILITY OF THE HSW SITES, INFOSPACE LLC AND THEIR AFFILIATES, AGENTS AND LICENSORS, IF ANY, ARISING OUT OF ANY KIND OF LEGAL CLAIM IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO THE HSW SITES WILL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT, IF ANY, YOU PAID TO INFOSAPCE LLC FOR THE USE OF THE HSW SITES.

MISCELLANEOUS

The HSW staff works hard to ensure that information we post to the HSW Sites is both timely and accurate. But the news changes over time and reports that were accurate when posted may quickly become old news. Though we may post follow-up reports, and may continue to provide access to the original report, as in an archive of news stories, for example, we don't go back and change the original report to reflect new developments. If you're looking for the most recent information on a given subject, and not the history of how the story unfolded, be sure you're not looking at an out-of-date report.

To obtain access to certain services on the HSW Sites, you may be given an opportunity to register with the HSW Sites. As part of any such registration process, you will select a user name and a password. You agree that the information you supply during that registration process will be accurate and complete. You also agree not to (i) select, register, or attempt to register, or use a user name of another person with the intention of impersonating that person; (ii) use a user name of anyone else without authorization; (iii) use a user name in violation of the intellectual property rights of any person; or (iv) use a user name that HSW considers to be offensive. HSW reserves the right to reject or terminate any user name or password that, in its judgment, it deems offensive. You will be responsible for preserving the confidentiality of your password and will notify HSW of any known or suspected unauthorized use of your account. Further, you agree that you are responsible for all statements made and acts or omissions that occur on your account while your password is being used. If you believe someone has used your password or account without your authorization, you must notify HSW immediately. HSW reserves the right to access and disclose any information including, without limitation, user names of accounts and other information to comply with applicable laws and lawful government requests. You must be at least 13 years old to register on HowStuffWorks.com. Please inform HSW if there is a change in the information you provided at the time of your initial registration, including any change of address or name, by contacting us at [ ]. Click here to view our privacy policy.

 

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless InfoSpace LLC, its affiliates, and their officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers, from and against any and all losses, expenses, damages and costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) resulting from any violation of this Visitor Agreement or any activity related to your account (including negligent or wrongful conduct) by you or any other person accessing any HSW Site using your account.

This Visitor Agreement has been made in and shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland. By using the HSW Sites, you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in Maryland, in all disputes arising out of or relating to this Visitor Agreement.

In the event that any portion of this Visitor Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect the enforceability or validity of any other portion of this Visitor Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect and be construed as if the invalid or unenforceable portion were not part of the Visitor Agreement.

USE OF HEALTH INFORMATION

The information that appears on HSW Sites is presented in summary form only and is intended to provide general consumer understanding of health care topics. The information should not be used in place of a visit, call or consultation with a physician or other health care provider. We do not recommend the self-management of health or medical problems, nor do we promote or recommend any particular form of medical or alternative treatment. People using information accessed through HSW Sites should also research original sources of authority, including with your physician or other health care provider. Information obtained by using HSW Sites is not exhaustive and does not cover all diseases, ailments, physical conditions or their treatment. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or visit your physician or other health care provider. You should never disregard medical advice -- or delay in seeking it -- because of something you have read on HSW Sites. You should always seek prompt medical care for any specific health issue and consult a physician before starting a fitness regimen.

ASSOCIATED PRESS CONTENT

The HSW Sites include certain content owned by the Associated Press. Without limiting the generality of any of the foregoing provisions of this Visitor Agreement, you specifically acknowledge and agree that (a) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (b) no Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (c) the Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (d) the Associated Press is an intended third-party beneficiary of this Visitor Agreement and may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (e) the Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of Associated Press materials or any portion thereof at any time.

By using the HSW Sites, you agree to abide by the terms of this Visitor Agreement. We hope you enjoy using the HSW Sites, and we welcome suggestions for improvements. Thanks for making the HSW Sites part of your discoveries online!

Last updated May 30, 2014