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The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Online Community provided by the Society and is designed to facilitate communication among individuals for plant science-related purposes.

I. Privacy and Security

ASPB has taken all reasonable precautions to secure the personal information available through the online community. The ASPB Online Community is password protected to allow access by registered individual only. Although this precaution should effectively protect any personal information available through the ASPB Online Community from abuse or outside interference, a certain degree of privacy risk is faced any time information is shared over the Internet.

II. Policy and Guidelines for Proper Use

To safeguard the operation, ASPB has adopted a general site disclaimer and privacy policy used to govern conduct particularly in an online environment.

In addition to ASPB’s policies and guidelines, users ASPB’s Online Community must abide by the following specific rules and regulations:

A. Unauthorized copying, reproduction, republishing, uploading, downloading, posting, transmitting or duplicating any of the material is prohibited. You may link to materials displayed on the ASPB Online Community for scientific, noncommercial and personal use only; provided, however, that you maintain all copyright, trademark and other notices contained in such material and you agree to abide by all additional copyright notices or restrictions contained in any material accessed through the ASPB Online Community.

B. Use of information or communications available through the ASPB Online Community for any commercial, public or political purposes is strictly prohibited. Prohibited activities include, but are not limited to, solicitations for commercial services, cold-calling of any kind or mass-mailings for commercial purposes. Information available through the ASPB Online Community may be used for personal and scientific purposes only.

C. Users shall not restrict nor inhibit any other user from enjoying any service on the ASPB Online Community. Posting of obscene materials or use of obscene language, posting of vulgar materials, or use of vulgar language, or use of abusive, defamatory, profane, or threatening language of any kind, will constitute a violation of these policies governing the use of the ASPB Online Community. Additionally, users shall not upload, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish any materials containing a virus or any other harmful component. Content posted may be removed by ASPB’s discretion at any time for any reason.

D. All aliases adopted by ASPB’s Online Community users are subject to approval by the the Society to ensure that the proper image is associated with the Society.

ASPB is not responsible for screening communications in advance, and will actively monitor the use of the ASPB Online Community. It is essential that the users of the Online Community report any abuses or misuse of the Online Community to ASPB. If the ASPB determines that a user's participation in the Online Community creates a liability for the Society or that the user has violated the policies set forth herein, ASPB reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take actions against the user. ASPB reserves the right to expel a user and deny a user further access to the ASPB Online Community if such user violates these policies or any applicable laws or regulations.

III. Liability and Indemnity

The reliability of the information available through the ASPB’s Online Community is largely dependent upon the actions of community registrants. The Society can make no representations about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of this information.

The Society does not warrant that the Online Community web site will operate error-free or that the site and its server are free of computer viruses or other harmful material. To the fullest extent permitted by the law, ASPB disclaims all warranties, including the warranties of merchantability, non-infringement, and fitness for particular purpose. In no event shall ASPB be liable for any damages whatsoever, including, without limitation, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages, resulting from the use of or inability to use information or materials available on the Online Community web site.

By using ASPB’s Online Community web site, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless ASPB, and their respective agents from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, costs, and expenses that may arise from your use of the ASPB Online Community web site or your breach of these policies. ASPB will provide notice to you of any such action or claim, and reserves the right to participate, at our expense, in the investigation, settlement, and defense of any such action or claim.

Please note that ASPB may revise these policies and your continued use of the site constitutes your agreement to comply with such modifications. You should review the policies periodically to ensure that you are familiar with them.

Participation in the ASPB’s Online Community is a privilege.

For more information regarding the ASPB Online Community, please contact us.

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