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User Guidelines

Restrictions on Use

This site is owned and operated by the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), and is protected by international copyright and trademark laws. All materials posted on this site are subject to copyrights owned by OSIA and other individuals or entities. Any reproduction, retransmission, or republication of all or part of any document found on this site is expressly prohibited, unless OSIA or the copyright owner of the material has specifically granted its written consent to do so. OSIA.org users also may not modify, copy, upload, post, transmit or distribute in any way any material from this site including code and software. Users are permitted to download material from this site for their personal, non-commercial use only, provided they keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices. Additionally, the names, trademarks, service marks, and logos of OSIA and its subsidiaries, the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) and the Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ),may not be used in any advertising or publicity, or otherwise to indicate OSIA's sponsorship or affiliation with any product or service, without OSIA's prior written permission.

Disclaimer

OSIA has provided links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties. Neither OSIA, nor its subsidiaries, the SIF and the CSJ, operate or control in any respect any information, products or services on these third-party sites. The materials in this site and the third-party sites are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind either expressed or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, OSIA disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. OSIA does not warrant that the functions contained in the materials will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site, including bulletin boards, or the server that makes it available, are free of viruses or other harmful components. OSIA does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials in this site or in third-party sites in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or otherwise. The user (and not OSIA) assumes the entire cost of all necessary maintenance, repair or correction.

Members Only Community

This site contains a Members Only "virtual community" available to and accessible by OSIA members, who are required to abide by certain guidelines of acceptable behavior. Those who do not agree to these terms should not register for or enter the Members Only community.

Although portions of the Members Only area are accessible by non-member visitors, message boards and additional services and discounts from OSIA.org are accessible only by members who register their information on the Site.

Those registering on the Site are required to provide OSIA with the following information: name, address, email address, gender, login name (created by member) and password (created by member). The provision of additional information is optional and includes, but is not limited to: age, household income, education, marital status and employment status. Registrants will also have the opportunity to provide feedback in a survey of their and what they would like to see on the Site. While it is not necessary to provide any but the required information, any additional information provided helps OSIAcontinually improve the Site for its users.

For more information on the privacy of registered members, and how OSIA uses that information, please go to the section entitled OSIA.org and Privacy, below.

License to OSIA

By posting messages, uploading files, inputting data, or engaging in any other form of communication through this service, a user grants OSIA a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to:

1. Use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, publicly perform or display any such communication.

2. Sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any of the foregoing rights granted with respect to the communication.

The foregoing grants shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such communication, including but not limited to rights under copyright, trademark, servicemark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction. Standards of Conduct OSIA has developed and set forth the following in order to promote and maintain the highest standards of personal conduct among its members. Adherence to these standards is expected of all OSIA members and users of the OSIA.org site, and serves to additionally assure public confidence in the integrity of Italian Americans and all OSIA members. By logging onto OSIA.org, users agree to:

  • Maintain the highest standard of personal conduct.

  • Actively promote and encourage the highest level of ethics and use only legal and ethical means of communication in all website activities.

  • Maintain the confidentiality of any privileged information entrusted by vitrue of membership in the community, including personal information about other members.

  • Refuse to engage in discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

  • Not restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the interactive features of the member-only community including, but not limited to, chats and forums (aka "bulletin boards," see below).

  • Not post or transmit any unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law.

  • Not post or transmit any information, software or other material which violates or infringes upon the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or which is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or right holder.

  • Not post or transmit any information, software or other material which contains a virus or other harmful component.

  • Not post, transmit or in any way exploit any information, software or other material for commercial purposes, or which contains advertising.

  • Cooperate in every reasonable and proper way with the staff of OSIA, which maintains the web site.

Bulletin Boards

This service may include bulletin boards ("forums") and chat rooms which allow feedback to OSIA and real-time interaction between users. OSIA does not control the messages, information or files delivered to bulletin boards. It it is a condition of use of the bulletin boards and this Web site that users adhere to the Standards of Conduct set out above. OSIA has no obligation to monitor the bulletin boards. OSIA reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, that in OSIA's sole discretion are objectionable or in violation of these terms and conditions.

Modification of Terms

OSIA may modify these Terms of Service from time to time in its sole discretion. Each time a user logs on to OSIA.org, s/he will be deemed to have accepted any such changes.

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall OSIA be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, OSIA materials. Users specifically acknowledge and agree that OSIA is not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any user. The sole and exclusive remedy for user dissatisfaction with any OSIA material, or with any of OSIA's terms and conditions, is to discontinue using OSIA.org.

Termination

Users not in compliance with the outlined code of conduct may be temporarily barred or permanently terminated at any time without notice by OSIA. In the event of termination, that user is no longer authorized to access the bulletin boards and the aforementioned restrictions with respect to material downloaded from bulletin boards, disclaimers and limitations of liabilities set forth in this agreement, shall survive.