Acceptable use statement

Terms and Conditions of the Linguistics Challenge (including Privacy Policy)

CONDITIONS OF USE

Unless otherwise noted, all materials, including the name "Linguistics Challenge," images, illustrations, designs, icons, photographs, video clips, sound files, and other materials that are part of the Linguistics Challenge website are copyrights, trademarks, trade dress and/or other intellectual properties owned, controlled or licensed by the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Individual linguistic problems are the intellectual property of the authors named on the main page of each problem.

In making these materials public via the Internet, the Linguistics Challenge intends them to be used by individuals and by teachers (in primary and secondary schools and higher education) for non-commercial educational and recreational purposes.

Material from this Web site may be copied, reproduced, framed, hyperlinked, downloaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed for the intended purposes under the following conditions:

1. The linguistic problems may not be changed in any way, without explicit permission being granted by the Linguistics Challenge committee of the LSA (tpayne@uoregon.edu).

2. The name of the author and a Copyright notice (i.e. "Copyright 2005, Linguistics Society of America") must appear on every copy of every problem used.

3. Up to 100 copies of any given problem may be reproduced without permission. If more copies are needed, please request permission from the Linguistics Challenge committee of the LSA (tpayne@uoregon.edu). Permission will normally be granted, but your asking will help us to track usage and popularity of the program.

The following additional requests are made of users of these materials:

1. If any live competitions are organized that use the materials on this site, please notify the Linguistics Challenge committee of the LSA (tpayne@uoregon.edu).

2. Teachers are asked to notify the Linguistics Challenge if these materials are used as classroom or homework assignments. Corrections and suggestions are heartily welcomed.

OWNERSHIP, LICENSE & RESTRICTIONS

Use of any robot, spider, other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy our Web pages or the content contained herein is strictly forbidden. Modification of the materials or use of the materials for any purpose other than stated above is a violation of copyright and other proprietary rights. For purposes of these terms, the use of any such material on any other Web site or networked computer environment is prohibited. The names "Linguistic Challenge," "Linguistics Challenge" and any approximations of these names are proprietary to the Linguistic Society of America.

The U.S. export control laws regulate the export and re-export of technology originating in the United States. This includes the electronic transmission of information and software to foreign countries and to certain foreign nationals. User agrees to abide by these laws and their regulations -- including but not limited to the Export Administration Act and the Arms Export Control Act and not to transfer, by electronic transmission or otherwise, any Content derived from the Linguistics Challenge to either a foreign national or a foreign destination in violation of such laws.

As between THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE and you, all right, title and interest (including all copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights) in this Site belongs to THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE, its licensors, or listees. Except as expressly provided below, nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring any license or right, by implication, estoppels or otherwise, under copyright or other intellectual property rights.

You are hereby granted a nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited license to view and use information retrieved from this Site provided solely for your personal, informational, educational, non-commercial purposes, and provided you do not remove or obscure the copyright notice or other notices. Except as expressly provided above, no part of this Site, including but not limited to materials retrieved therefrom and the underlying code, may be reproduced, republished, copied, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means. In no event shall materials from this Site be stored in any information storage and retrieval system without prior written permission from THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE.

Use, duplication, or disclosure by or for the United States Government is subject to the restrictions set forth in DFARS 252.227-7013 (c)1)(ii) and FAR 52.227-19.

LINKING

You may provide links to all pages of this Site, provided (a) you do not remove or obscure, by framing or otherwise, the copyright notice, attribution of authorship or other notices on this Site, (b) you give the Linguistics Challenge notice of such link by sending an e-mail to tpayne@uoregon.edu, and (c) you discontinue providing links to this Site if requested by the Linguistics Challenge administrators.

LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES AND SERVICES

To the extent that this Web site contains links to outside services and resources, the Linguistics Challenge does not control the availability and content of those outside services and resources. Any concerns regarding any such service or resource, or any link thereto, should be directed to the particular service or resource.

CHANGES TO SITE AND THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

This Site and these Terms and Conditions may be changed by the Linguistics Challenge administrators with or without notice. Please review this link on a regular basis for changes. Continued use of this Site following any change constitutes your acceptance of the change.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT; SEVERABILITY

These Terms and Conditions incorporate by reference any notices contained on this Site and constitute the entire agreement with respect to your access to and use of this Site. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is unlawful, void or unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining provisions and shall not affect their validity and enforceability.

IF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE IN FULL, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY TERMINATE YOUR USE OF THIS SITE.

TRADEMARKS

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"Linguistics Challenge" and "Linguistic Challenge" are registered trademarks.

DISCLAIMER

THE MATERIALS ON THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE WEB SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE 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 OR THE SERVER(S) THAT MAKES THE THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE WEB SITE AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE MATERIALS IN THIS WEB SITE IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. YOU (AND NOT THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR, OR CORRECTION.

This site uses JavaScript and ActiveX controls in order to enhance students' experience, and to make the site interactive. Your browser must have these features enabled if you wish to take advantage of these features.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE MATERIALS IN THIS WEB SITE, EVEN IF THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE OR A LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE) EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.

OTHER

These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Oregon. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Eugene and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. If any provision of these terms shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. This is the entire agreement between us relating to the subject matter herein and shall not be modified except as provided herein or in writing, signed by THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE.

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PRIVACY POLICY

THE LINGUISTICS CHALLENGE respects the privacy and security of its users. Our goal is to provide educators with materials to facilitate knowledge of and appreciation for the variety and beauty of the world's languages. The Linguistics Challenge is a volunteer effort and has no source of income other than institutional support provided by the University of Oregon and The Linguistics Society of America, as well as occasional gifts from interested individuals. No advertising appears on the site, and no advertising is sent from the site. The Linguistics Challenge has no reason to collect personal information from its users.

Therefore, absolutely no personal information about visitors to this site is collected or stored. As a service to users, certificates of completion may be e-mailed to teachers or other individuals chosen by users. The email addresses submitted by users are not stored by the Linguistics Challenge in any way. They are used only to send one certificate. If another certificate is to be e-mailed to the same address, the address must be submitted a second time.

In order to manage sessions and prevent intentional misuse of the site, "cookies" may be used to detect repeat visitors, and to control session and page initiation, termination and timeouts. Such cookies may record which linguistics problems have already been attempted and which have been solved by a particular user. However, no identifying information (such as an e-mail address or IP address) about the user will be collected.

Cookies are simply pieces of information that are sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. The use of cookies is relatively standard and you will likely find them used on most other major Web sites. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can reset your browser either to notify you when you receive a cookie, or to refuse to accept cookies. You should understand that certain areas of many sites may not function properly if you set your browser to not accept cookies or if you reject a cookie.