We don’t care much for “legalese”, but as the ISR Web Site grew from its small beginnings in 2003, a myriad of unforeseen situations have arisen. In an effort to clarify our position on just about everything related to this Web Site, we state the following:
Please understand the following terms and conditions regarding your use of the International Schools Review Web Site constitutes a legally binding agreement between you and International Schools Review, Incorporated. In this Agreement, the term “Web Site” includes all web pages within the International Schools Review Web Site including both the members’ area and non-members’ area of the Web Site.
By using this Web Site you understand, acknowledge and agree that you will abide by the terms of this Agreement and that this Agreement will remain in full force and effect as long as you are a user of the Web Site. If you become a Web Site member and your membership is terminated or expires, you will continue to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. If you use the non-members’ sections of the Web Site, to include but not limited to the Blog, Forum Articles and Information sections and sample reviews you understand, acknowledge and agree that you will abide by the terms of this agreement.
The word “use” in this Agreement, means anytime you, a user, attempt to access, do access, interact with, use or view the Web Site, receive or exchange data or communicate with the Web Site, or in any way interact with any function, service or feature of the Site, for any purpose whatsoever.
Site Registration & Use of User Name / Password
The cost to join ISR is $29 per year. There is no auto renewal. Your user name and password are specifically yours and you may not allow others to use your user name or password for any reason. International Schools Review, Inc. is not liable for any damages caused by or related to the theft of your user name or password, or your permission or authorization of anyone else to use your user name or password. You agree to notify us immediately if you discover or feel there is or could have been any unauthorized use of your user name or password. Upon notice we will deactivate your user name and password and issue a new set of your choice.
The contents of this Web Site, including its design, text, images, photographs, illustrations, graphic material, databases, proprietary information and all copyright-able aspects of the Web Site, including, without limitation, the look and feel and layout are the express property of International Schools Review, Inc. and are legally protected, without limitation, under U.S. Federal and State, as well as any and all applicable foreign laws, regulations and treaties.
The International Schools Review Web Site is to be used solely for your noncommercial, non-assignable, non-transferable, non-exclusive, and limited personal use and for no other purposes. You agree that you will not download, transmit, display, print or reproduce anything from the Web Site. You will not, nor will you allow any third party whether or not for your benefit to reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, display, perform, publish, distribute, disseminate, broadcast or circulate to any third party including, without limitation, on or via a third party web site, or otherwise use, any material without the express prior written consent of International Schools Review, Incorporated.
Any unauthorized or prohibited use of any material may subject you to civil liability, criminal prosecution, or both, under applicable federal, state and local laws. We require users to respect our copyright of intellectual property. Should we receive notice that we are infringing on a copyright, we will act quickly to remove content on the Site that infringes on the copyright rights of others.
Conditions of Posting to the Web Site / Sending Emails & Contact US Forms
The word “Post” in this agreement includes, but is not limited to, School Reviews, Director Report Cards, Principal Reports, Forum and Blog submissions.
Posts on the International Schools Review Web Site are received from anonymous sources. You do, however, understand, acknowledge and agree that any and all Posts to the Web Site are the sole responsibility of the originator of the Posting. This means that you, the Web Site user, and not the Web Site, are completely responsible for the consequences of all Postings that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Web Site. Should any information contained in your Post to the Web Site allow others to determine that you are the author of a particular Post it is your sole responsibility and beyond the control of International Schools Review, Incorporated.
Before you submit a Post to the International Schools Review Web Site, please be absolutely certain the contents are exactly what you intend and want to share with the international teaching community. For security, your Post is anonymous, even to us at ISR. For this reason we are not able to respond to requests to delete, change, or edit Posts. Posting to the Web Site is an irreversible action.
When you post to the International Schools Review Web Site, you agree that: you are placing the Post in the public domain without any rights of further control over the Post or its use; and, you specifically authorize International Schools Review, Inc. to display such Post in whole or in part or as part of other information, content and/or material of any kind or nature. Information you send to the International Schools Review, Inc. Web Site that pertains to a school or director or that reflects on a school or director and is transmitted through a Contact Us form, email or any other means is done so with the intent to post and should not be considered private under any circumstances. International Schools Review, Inc. does not offer monetary or any other type of compensation for material posted to the Web Site.
When you click the Submit button to post to any function, service or feature of the International Schools Review Web Site you Confirm that you have read and agree to our Conditions of Posting to the Web Site.
The International Schools Review Web Site is made available without any warranty of any kind, express or implied, or any guarantee that the site will be available for use at all times, or that all features will be functioning at all times. There are many factors beyond our control that can cause Web Site crashes and other disruptions to service. Without limiting the foregoing, we are not responsible or liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions arising out of your use of the Site. You understand, acknowledge and agree that you are assuming the entire risk as to the quality, accuracy, timeliness, completeness and correctness of any and all features and functions of the Site, including, without limitation, Postings and materials associated with your use of the Web Site.
Rules of Conduct
Your use of the Web Site is subject to all applicable local, state, national laws and regulations and, in some cases, international treaties. You shall not use the Web Site in any manner that attempts to, or is likely to be libelous, defamatory, indecent, vulgar or obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive, racially, culturally, or ethnically offensive, harmful, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, objectionable, discriminatory, or abusive, or which may or may appear to impersonate anyone else or effect us adversely or reflect negatively on us or the Web Site. You may expose yourself to liability if, for example, your content contains material that is false, intentionally misleading or defamatory and/or violates any third-party rights.
Out of courtesy to other users, Please limit posts to our Forum and Blogs to 3 posts in a 24-hour period. We reserve the right to suspend the log in of any user violating the rules of conduct.
The Web Site Is A Third Party Venue
Postings to the Web Site do not reflect the views of International Schools Review, Incorporated. International Schools Review, Inc. does not endorse, edit or screen Posts, although we reserve the right to do so. Nor shall we be liable for any Post that is in violation of this Agreement. In no event shall International Schools Review, Inc. be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any Post whatsoever. However, if we determine, in our sole discretion and judgment, that any Post does or may violate any of the terms of this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time to refuse to allow the Posts and/or remove and delete Posts.
Loss or Damages
You understand, acknowledge and agree that, to the fullest extent permissible by law, International Schools Review, Inc., its officers, directors, employees, service providers, advertisers or suppliers shall not be liable for any loss or damage, of any kind, direct or indirect, in connection with or arising from use of the Site or from this agreement, including, but not limited to, compensatory, consequential, incidental, indirect, special or punitive damages. Without limiting the foregoing, users, by their use of the site, agree to indemnify and hold International Schools Review Incorporated, Its officers, directors, shareholders, agents and employees harmless from any claim, cost, fee, fine, damage or liability of any kind, including reasonably attorney’s fees, directly or indirectly arising by reason of their use of the site.
Future Changes to This Agreement & Its Legality
We reserve the right, at any time and from time to time, for any reason in our sole discretion, to change the terms of this Agreement. If such changes should take place we will post or display notices of material changes on the Site and may also e-mail you about these changes. Once we post any changes to this agreement on the Web Site, these changes become effective immediately and if you use the Site after they become effective it will signify your agreement to be bound by the changes. You should check back frequently and review the terms and conditions of this Agreement regularly so you are aware of the most current rights and obligations that apply to you and the terms and conditions of your agreement with us. Should changes take place we will note this by posting the date of update.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING LEGAL ACTION PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING
The people that post to the Web Site do so anonymously. The Supreme Court of the United States has held that anonymity of speech is protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. United States’ courts recognize the right to speak anonymously on the Internet. When courts have ordered the disclosure of the name of an anonymous user, a litigant must show that its need for identifying information clearly outweighs the user’s U.S. Constitutional right.
If you question the legality of anonymous Postings on the internet please see 47 USC Section 230, which is the federal law that permits many entities to “host” other people’s content without being liable for defamation, libel, etc. By its plain language, 230 creates a federal immunity to any cause of action that would make service providers liable for information originating with a third-party user of the service. For more information see Zeran v. AOL, 129 F.3d 327, 330 (4th Cir. 1997). Under 230(c)(2)(A),
What happens when International Schools Review, Inc. deletes inappropriate comments? (See ISR guidelines) The answer is that no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected. More information
Last update: December 23, 2012