Terms of Service

General:

Welcome to PTAReadingChallenge.org (the “Site”). We provide the Site, other sites administered by us and our various features, activities and Services (as defined below) to you subject to the following terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”), which may be changed or updated by us from time to time, by posting such changes on the Site. At any time, the most current version of the Terms and Conditions can be reviewed by clicking on the “Terms of Use” hyperlink located at the bottom of every page of the Site. Your continued use of any part of this Site constitutes your acceptance of such changes or updates. As a user of the Site for any and all purposes, you agree that you are doing so after first reviewing and agreeing to these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, you may not access or otherwise use the Site or any of the Services.

Any additional terms, codes of conduct, rules, instructions, copyright, trade secret and other intellectual property notices posted in the footer of each page of this Site and/or at various other places on the Site are hereby incorporated into these Terms and Conditions, and collectively govern your use of the Site and constitute the entire agreement between you and National PTA, superseding any prior agreements between you and National PTA.

Description of Services:

National PTA may provide users of the Site with access to and use of various online resources and activities, including, without limitation directory listings, Web-based management tools, forums and other activities, as well as branded and co-branded content (collectively, the “Service” or “Services”). These Terms and Conditions also will apply to any new or enhanced Services and new properties upon their being made available, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Registration Information:

When registration is required for your access to or use of the Site or a particular Service, you agree to provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Site’s or the particular Service’s registration form (such information being the “User Information”), and to maintain and promptly update your User Information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.

If you provide any User Information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if National PTA has reasonable grounds to suspect that any such User Information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, National PTA may suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Site or a particular Service.

Submitted Materials:

National PTA does not claim ownership of any materials you submit to us or make available for inclusion on the Site or in any Services. However, with respect to any materials you submit or make available for inclusion on the Site or in the Site’s Services (including, for example, content using hashtag #FamiliesRead), you grant National PTA a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and fully sub-licensable license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such materials (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such materials into other works in any format or medium now known or later developed. By submitting or sending materials to us, you: represent and warrant that the materials are original to you, that no other party has any rights thereto, and that any “moral rights” in the materials have been waived. We cannot be responsible for maintaining any material that you provide to us, and we may delete or destroy any such material at any time.

Private or Sensitive Information on Public Forums:

It is important to remember that comments, or other information or Content submitted to an area that is a “public” or open forum may be recorded and stored in multiple places, both on our Site and elsewhere on the Internet, which are likely to be accessible for a long time and you have no control over who will read them eventually. It is therefore important that you are careful and selective about the personal information that you disclose about yourself and others, and in particular, you should not disclose sensitive personal information in your submissions or postings to any public forums.

Conduct of User:

You understand and agree that all information, data, text, software, code, illustrations, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials (collectively “Content”), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that you, and not National PTA, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Site or any Service.

In the course of your use of this Site or any Service, in addition to any other rules or regulations that we may post in connection with a particular Service or activity, you absolutely agree:

  • not to forge headers of postings, emails, or other communications or Content, or to otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service,
  • not to insert your own or a third party’s advertising, branding or other promotional content into any of the Site’s Content, materials or Services, or use, redistribute, republish or exploit such Content, materials or Services for any further commercial or promotional purposes,
  • not to impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, anyone from National PTA or the Site, such as an employee, forum moderator, guide or guest, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity,
  • not to obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to computer systems, materials, information or any Services made available on or through the Site through any means,
  • not to use the Site or the Services made available on or through the Site in any manner with the intent to interrupt, damage, disable, overburden or impair the Site or such Services, or any other user’s experience with the Site or such Services, including, without limitation, sending mass unsolicited messages or “flooding” servers with requests,
  • not to upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure or confidential disclosure agreements),
  • not to use the Site or the Site’s Services or features in violation of National PTA’s or any third party’s intellectual property or other proprietary or legal rights,
  • not to upload, post using hashtag #FamiliesRead, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation. You understand that such postings may violate laws of various jurisdictions, and that you may be subject to prosecution for doing so,
  • not to attempt (or encourage or support anyone else’s attempt) to circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere with the Site or the Site’s Services, or any Content thereof, or make unauthorized use thereof,
  • not to obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made publicly available or provided for through the Site,
  • not to intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or
  • not to engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of email addresses or other contact or personal information, or any other automatic means of accessing, logging-in or registering on the Site or for any services or features offered on or through the Site, or obtaining lists of users or obtaining or accessing other information or features on, from or through the Site or the Site’s Services, including, without limitation, any information residing on any server or database connected to the Site or any of its Services.

Reporting Violations:

Please report any violations of these Terms and Conditions to National PTA at [email protected].

Privacy Policy:

Users of the Site and any Service are to first read and understand the Privacy Policy, which is also incorporated herein by this reference. If you have any questions about the Privacy Policy, you may contact National PTA for assistance.

Trademarks:

The trademarks, logos, service marks and trade names (collectively the “Trademarks”) displayed on the Site or on Content displayed or available through the Site are registered and unregistered Trademarks of ours and others and may not be used unless authorized by the trademark owner. All Trademarks not owned by us that appear on the Site or on or through the Site’s services, if any, are the property of their respective owners. Nothing contained on the Site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademark displayed on the Site without our written permission or that of the third party rights holder. Your misuse of the Trademarks displayed on the Site is strictly prohibited.

Termination:

National PTA may terminate, change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site or the Site’s Services at any time. National PTA may restrict, suspend or terminate your access to the Site and/or its Services if we believe you are in breach of these Terms and Conditions or applicable law, or for any other reason without notice or liability. National PTA maintains a policy that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of the Site use privileges of users who are repeat infringers of intellectual property rights.

Use “As Is”:

Your use of the Site, the Site’s Content and the Services is at your sole risk. The Site, the Site’s Content and the Services are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. NATIONAL PTA EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. You also understand and agree that National PTA assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, misposting, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.

No Warranty:

National PTA makes no warranty that: (a) the Site, the Site’s Content or the Services will meet your requirements; (b) the Site, the Site’s Content or its Services will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free; (c) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Site, the Site’s Content or its Services will be accurate or reliable; (d) the quality of any products, Services, information or other material which may be purchased, downloaded or otherwise obtained by you through the Site or any Services will meet your expectations or (e) any errors in the software or any defects on the Site or in the Content or Services will be corrected. National PTA makes no, and expressly disclaims any, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the Site or any Services, including, without limitation, the accuracy, completeness, usefulness or reliability of text, graphics, links and other items accessed from or via this server or the Internet. National PTA also assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for, any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of or browsing in the Site or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video or audio from the Site. If you are dissatisfied with the Site, your sole remedy is to discontinue using the Site.

Not Legal Advice:

Individuals using the Site understand and agree that nothing on the Site shall constitute legal advice or counsel, and that the individual must seek the advice and services of competent legal counsel of proper jurisdiction to obtain any legal advice.

Use of and Reliance on Content:

All materials, Content and resources presented on or accessed through the Site are provided by National PTA as a service to its visitors and readers and may be used for information purposes only. National PTA assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in these materials. National PTA makes no commitment to update the information contained herein. No advice or information given by National PTA, its affiliates or their respective employees, agents or independent contractors, whether oral, written or otherwise obtained by you through the Site, shall create any warranty not expressly made herein, nor will it create any attorney-client relationship or other substantive business or advisory relationship.

You agree that you are responsible for evaluating, and you agree to bear, all risks associated with the use of any of the Site’s Content and Services, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of such Content or Services available to users of the Site. Consequently, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any Content created by National PTA or submitted to National PTA via the Site or the Services by third parties, including, without limitation, information that may be included in message boards, chat rooms, webzine articles and in any other parts of the Site or Services.

In addition, because PTAReadingChallenge.org has the right, but not the obligation, to control and edit content provided by a third party prior to transmission on Site, or to remove inappropriate or unlawful content after transmission, third party postings may or may not be reviewed for truth or accuracy and do not represent the opinion, beliefs or statements of National PTA.

Release of National PTA:

National PTA, its officers, directors, employees, successors or heirs (the “Protected Entities”) shall in no event be liable for any claims, damages or related expenses or liabilities, including but not limited to indirect, incidental, consequential, special, general, exemplary or punitive damages, arising from, or directly or indirectly related to: (a) the use of, or the inability to use, the Site, the Services or the Content, materials and functions relate thereto, your provision of information via the Site or any Services, lost business or lost sales, even if such protected entity has been advised of the possibility of such damages; or (b) an actual or potential venture with, investment in, purchase of services or products from, or business financing arrangement with any entity that may have appeared on, offered goods or services through, or was contacted as a result of, Content on the Site or represented by National PTA, or for any misprints or inaccuracies that may be found to exist on the Site.

All visitors to and users of the Site and the Services also agree that he/she shall not sue or impute a claim against Protected Entities in respect of any expenses or liabilities. By using the Site or any of the Services, you expressly release National PTA, its officers, directors, employees, successors or heirs from liability for any such claims, expenses or liabilities.

Indemnification:

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold National PTA and its directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising in any way from your use of the Site or any Services, your placement or transmission of any message, Content, information, software or other materials available on or through the Site or any Services, or your breach or violation of the law or of these Terms and Conditions. National PTA reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with National PTA’s defense of such claim.

Terms Governing International Use:

We control and operate the Site from our offices in the United States of America. We do not represent that materials or Content on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Persons who choose to access the Site or Services from other locations do so on their own initiative, and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. Any information collected through this Site will be transferred to and processed within the United States of America.

Linking to the Site:

Other websites may freely provide hypertext or “Hot Links” to the home page of the Site, provided that they are not “deep” links (i.e., links other than to the home page of the Site), and provided further that they are not “framed,” surrounded or obfuscated by other non-National PTA content, materials or branding. We may insist that any link to the Site be discontinued, and to revoke your right to link to the Site from any other website at any time upon written notice to you.

Governing Law, Miscellaneous:

These Terms and Conditions and the relationship between you and National PTA shall be governed by the laws of the United States, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. All parties to these Terms and Conditions waive their respective rights to a trial by jury. The failure of National PTA to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms and Conditions remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Site or any Service or these Terms and Conditions must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

How to Contact National PTA:

National PTA Headquarters
1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: (703) 518-1200
Toll Free: (800) 307-4782
Email: [email protected]
Website: PTA.org
Last Updated: 06/1/2015

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