Terms of Use

Introduction; Consent to Terms

Please read these Terms of Use before using StateIntegrity.org, or any features of this site, including, but not limited to RSS feeds and Comments (collectively, "the Website" or the "Service"). If you are dissatisfied with the Service, or with these Terms of Use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Service.  By using the Service, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please exit the Service. We reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify, add or delete portions of these terms at any time by posting updated Terms of Use on the StateIntegrity.org Website. Please check these terms frequently for updates. Any modifications, additions or deletions to these terms shall be effective immediately upon posting of updated Terms of Use. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of updated Terms of Use will mean that you agree to those changes.

The State Integrity Investigation and this web site is a collaboration between three non-profit organizations - PRI, the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity (collectively referred to as “State Integrity Investigation”)- which share rights to the content.

Copyrights

The contents of StateIntegrity.org are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not reproduce, distribute, transmit, display, prepare derivative works, or perform any copyrighted material on the Website without the prior written consent of State Integrity Investigation or the applicable owner or licensor of such content, as the case may be, except as provided below. The State Integrity Investigation data, however, is protected by a Creative Commons license. You are free to use it, remix it and report on it, as well as use the embeddable data widgets, provided you credit the State Integrity Investigation. You may copy and print a limited amount of content for your personal, non-commercial use only, provided that you include all copyright and other notices contained in the content and that you do not modify the content. Any other use of StateIntegrity.org content requires prior written permission from State Integrity Investigation. Please send permission requests to StateIntegrity@PRI.org.

Trademarks

The Website contains content that is proprietary to  State Integrity Investigation.  This content may include, without limitation, software, text, images, photos, video, graphics, music and sound.  You acknowledge that you do not have or acquire any ownership rights by accessing or otherwise using such content.

State Integrity Investigation  is a service mark owned by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International, Inc. and Global Integrity. All rights reserved. You may not use any of these service marks, logos or graphics without prior written consent, except that you may use the State Integrity Investigation-provided logos contained in a StateIntegrity.org RSS feed in connection with the personal, noncommercial use of  State Integrity Investigation’s RSS feeds, subject to the requirements set forth below in RSS Feed policy.

Other program names listed on State Integrity Investigation.org are the service marks owned by other organizations. You can visit each program website to determine the owners of its service mark.

Framing

State Integrity Investigation does not allow framing of its Websites.

Links to Websites

 State Integrity Investigation encourages and permits links to content on StateIntegrity.org.  It is committed to the highest journalistic ethics and programming standards and to independent, noncommercial journalism, both in fact and appearance. Therefore, the linking should not (a) suggest that the State Integrity Investigation promotes or endorses any third party's causes, ideas, Websites, products or services, or (b) use  State Integrity Investigation content for inappropriate commercial purposes. We reserve the right to withdraw permission for any link.

Links to Third Party Sites

 State Integrity Investigation provides links to Internet sites maintained by third parties, over which  it has no control.  It does not endorse the content, operators, products or services of such sites, and is not responsible or liable for the content, operators, availability, accuracy, quality, advertising, products, services or other materials on or available from such sites. State Integrity Investigation shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, products or services available on or through such sites.  Refer to the “Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability” section below for State Integrity Investigation’s complete disclaimer of warranties and limitation of liabilities.

RSS Feeds

State Integrity Investigation’s RSS feeds consist of a selection of headlines, news article and summaries and links to web sites, which can be delivered to your desktop using a technology called XML (extensible Markup Language) (individually, an "RSS Feed" and collectively, the "RSS Feeds"). The RSS Feeds are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All rights in and to the RSS feeds are reserved to State Integrity Investigation.

RSS feeds are available for personal, noncommercial use only. You may display, excerpt from, and link to the RSS Feeds on your personal web site, weblog, or similar application for personal, noncommercial purposes, provided that (a) the links redirect the user to the Website when the user clicks on them, (b) the use or display does not suggest that State Integrity Investigation promotes or endorses any third party causes, ideas, Websites, products or services, (c) the fundamental meaning of the content contained in the RSS Feeds, including the headlines and summaries, is not changed or distorted, and (d) you do not modify the news stories or other content that are linked to by the RSS Feeds.

If you display an entire RSS Feed Content on your personal website, weblog or similar application, (a) you may not redistribute the RSS Feed, and (b) you must provide attribution to the State Integrity Investigation adjacent to the RSS Feed Content. Other use of State Integrity Investigation’s RSS Feeds requires the prior written permission of State Integrity Investigation. For permission requests, please email to StateIntegrity@PRI.org. For use of the news stories or other content that are linked to by the RSS Feeds, please see the Copyright section of these Terms of Use. State Integrity Investigation reserves the right to discontinue providing RSS Feeds and to require that you cease accessing or using the RSS Feeds, any content contained in the RSS Feeds, and/or State Integrity Investigation logos at any time for any reason.

The Website also may contain RSS feeds from other content providers. The content contained in these feeds is provided for State Integrity Investigation Website visitors for their personal, non-commercial use and may not be copied or redistributed without the express permission of those providers.

Use of the Service

If you use the Service, including by participation in State Integrity Investigation comments or by submission of essays, e-mails or other information via StateIntegrity.org, you must follow a few simple rules:

  1. You may not post, upload or transmit any messages or materials anonymously or under a false name or a false email address.
  2. Obscene, racist, belligerent or sexually explicit language will not be tolerated on State Integrity Investigation comments. This includes variant spellings of obscene words or the use of * or other marks to avoid using the actual words.  State Integrity Investigation may delete any post that we deem to contain foul language or to be otherwise inappropriate without warning. In the case of repeated offenses, State Integrity Investigation retains the right to terminate your posting privileges.
  3. We do not tolerate communications that may be unlawful or harmful to other State Integrity Investigation  users. We do not tolerate posts that aim to insult anyone or are hateful, harassing or abusive.
  4. You may only post, upload or transmit materials for which you have the copyright or other permission to distribute electronically. This includes newspaper or magazine articles, song lyrics, and graphics. You may not violate, plagiarize, or infringe on the rights of third parties, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, privacy, personal, publicity, moral or proprietary rights. You promise and represent that any posted, uploaded, included or transmitted materials will be owned by you or in the public domain.
  5. If we determine that removal of a post or other content is necessary, we will make every effort to do so within a reasonable time frame. However, making deletions or other corrections is a manual process and may not happen immediately.
  6. The Service can only be used for non-commercial purposes. You cannot distribute or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, advertising or solicitation for goods and services.
  7. You may not post, upload or transmit any software or other material that contains a virus or other harmful code or device. You may not use the Service to distribute chain letters, mass mailings or "spam" or to gather e-mail addresses for the purpose of sending "spam" to other users of the Service.
  8. By posting, uploading or transmitting any material on or through the Service, you hereby grant State Integrity Investigation a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to use that material in all media, whether or not now known.
  9. State Integrity Investigation is not responsible or liable for any materials posted on  State Investigation Comments or posted, uploaded or transmitted on or through the Service. State Integrity Investigation cannot verify the accuracy of statements that users place on Comments or on or through the Service, and does not guarantee that any material has been posted, uploaded or transmitted with the permission of the copyright or proprietary owner or is otherwise in compliance with these Terms of Use.
  10. By using the Service, you agree to abide by these rules. You acknowledge that State Integrity Investigation has the right to delete, edit or move material that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of these Terms of Use, or which it otherwise, in its sole discretion, considers to be objectionable. You further acknowledge that State Integrity Investigation has the right to limit or terminate access to Comments for any reason, including violation of these Terms of Use.

Representations; Indemnity

You represent and warrant that (a) any material you post, upload or transmit to Comments or on or through the Service does not and will not violate any of these Terms of Use, and (b) your use of the Service complies with these Terms of Use.

You agree that you will indemnify and hold harmless State Integrity Investigation and its respective owners, directors, officers, employees, members, agents and licensees from any and all claims, liabilities, costs or expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising from (1) your breach of any of the above representations and warranties, (2) your use of the Service, (3) the materials you have posted, uploaded or transmitted in Comments or on or through the Service, (4) State Integrity Investigation publication, distribution or use of such materials, or (5) any violation or alleged violation of law by you.

Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability

THE SERVICE AND ANY PRODUCTS SOLD ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE ARE AVAILABLE ON AN "AS IS", "AS AVAILABLE", AND “WITH ALL FAULTS” BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE SERVICE IS SAFE OR SECURE.  STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. NOR DOES STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION MAKE ANY WARRANTIES AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF THE SERVICE OR AS TO THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR COMPLETENESS OF CONTENT OF ANY INFORMATION, SERVICE, PRODUCTS, OPINIONS, OR STATEMENTS AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE OR THROUGH LINKS ON THE SERVICE. USE OF THIS SERVICE IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OR CONTENT OF THIRD PARTIES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION LICENSORS), AND YOU RELEASE STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION, AND ITS OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, AGENTS AND LICENSEES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND DAMAGES, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY CLAIM YOU HAVE AGAINST ANY OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES. IN NO EVENT WILL STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION AND ITS OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, AGENTS OR LICENSEES BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR RELATING TO ANY PRODUCTS SOLD ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE, EVEN IF STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL STATE INTEGRITY INVESTIGATION AND ITS OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS, AGENTS OR LICENSEES BE LIABLE FOR ANY AMOUNT IN EXCESS OF $100.  APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW FOR THE DISCLAIMING OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES AND/OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, LIMITATIONS, AND/OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH CASES, COMPANY’S DISCLAIMERS SHALL BE EFFECTIVE, AND ITS LIABILITY SHALL BE LIMITED, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Copyright Agent

State Integrity Investigation respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide the following information in writing to State Integrity Investigation’s s Copyright Agent:

  1. a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright.
  2. a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
  3. a description of the material that you claim to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material.
  4. information so that we can contact you, such as address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  5. a statement 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.
  6. a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of a copyright that is allegedly infringed.

The Copyright Agent can be reached as follows:

Public Radio International
401 2nd Avenue North, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Email: StateIntegrity@pri.org

Upon receipt of a proper notice of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), State Integrity Investigation shall respond expeditiously to follow the procedures specified in the DMCA to resolve the claim between the notifying party and the alleged infringer who provided the content in issue, including, where applicable, removing, or disabling access to content claimed to be infringing or by removing or disabling access to links to such content.

Policy Concerning Children

If you are under age 13, you are not authorized to post any personal information about yourself to the Service or provide any personal information about yourself to State Integrity Investigation.  If State Integrity Investigation learns that it has collected personal information from a child under age 13,  it shall delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that State Integrity Investigation might have any information from a child under age 13, please contact State Integrity Investigation at the address set forth in above in the “Copyright Agent” section.

Your Suggestions

State Integrity Investigation appreciates your feedback or other suggestions about the Service, but you understand that State Integrity Investigation may use your feedback or other suggestions without any obligation to compensate you for them.

International Users

The Service is controlled and operated within the United States. If you are a user of the Service outside the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.  State Integrity Investigation makes no representation that content, materials or products available on or through the Service are appropriate or available for use outside of the United States. If you access the Service from a location outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with applicable laws, including U.S. export laws and regulations. 

Resolution of Disputes

Subject to the “Copyright Agent” section above, State Integrity Investigation is under no obligations to resolve, or facilitate the resolution of, any disputes between you and any third party, including, without limitation, any end user of the Service.

You agree to resolve any claim, cause of action or dispute (“claim”) you have with State Integrity Investigation  arising out of or relating to these Terms of Use exclusively in a state or federal court located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The laws of the State of Minnesota shall govern this Agreement, as well as any claim that might arise between you and State Integrity Investigation, without regard to conflict of law provisions and, where applicable, the laws of the United States. You hereby irrevocably submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located in Hennepin County, Minnesota for the purpose of litigating all such claims.

Limitation on Claims 

Any cause of action you may have with respect to your use of the Service must be commenced within one (1) year after the claim or cause of action arises.

Miscellaneous

These Terms of Use, together with the Privacy Policy, represent the entire understanding of the parties regarding the use of StateIntegrity.org supersede any previous documents, correspondence, conversations, or other oral or written understanding related to these Terms of Use. Review StateIntegrity.org’s privacy policy here.  If State Integrity Investigation fails to enforce any of these Terms of Use, such failure shall not be considered a waiver.  Any waiver of any term of these Terms of Use must be made in writing and signed by State Integrity Investigation in order for such waiver to be enforceable against State Integrity Investigation.  A modification or waiver of any part of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver or modification of any other portion of the Terms of Use. You may not transfer any of your rights or obligations under these Terms of Use to any third party without the written consent of State Integrity Investigation.  All of State Integrity Investigation’s rights and obligations under these Terms of Use are freely assignable by State Integrity Investigation in connection with a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, or by operation of law or otherwise.  These Terms of Use does not confer any third party beneficiary rights.  If for any reason any provision of these Terms of Use is found unenforceable, that provision will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and the remainder of the Terms of Use will continue in full force and effect.

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