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Terms of Service

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:29 am
by Iain McLaren
The following Terms of Service apply to your use of this discussion forum:

You are solely responsible for your conduct and your content on this discussion forum and compliance with these terms. By registering with us or using or browsing the forum, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these terms. This forum is not directed to anyone younger than 18 and are offered only to users 18 years of age or older. Any person who subscribes to, posts to, browses or provides their personal information through this forum represents that they are 18 years of age or older.

You agree that you will not copy, reproduce, distribute, post, email or make available any content or otherwise use this discussion forum:
• In a manner that infringes, violates or misappropriates any third party's intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights or contractual rights;
• in a manner that contains or distributes software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs and specifically those designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
• to engage in spamming or otherwise distributing "chain letters," "pyramid schemes", advertisement of illegal or controlled products or services, or other advertising or marketing activities that violate these Terms of Service, any applicable laws, regulations or generally-accepted advertising industry guidelines;
• in a manner that is misleading, deceptive or fraudulent or otherwise illegal or that promotes improper, unethical, immoral or illegal activities, including engaging in phishing or otherwise obtaining financial or other personal information in a misleading manner or for fraudulent or misleading purposes;
• in a manner that is libelous or defamatory, or in a way that is otherwise threatening, abusive, violent, harassing, malicious or harmful to any person or entity, or invasive of another's privacy;
• in a manner that is harmful or potentially harmful to minors in any way;
• in a manner that is hateful or discriminatory based on race, color, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, body type, weight or age or that is otherwise objectionable;
• to impersonate any other person, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity, or to obtain access to this discussion forum without authorization;
• to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of this forum or prevent others from using this forum, or in a manner that disrupts the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) to this forum, or that otherwise negatively affects other persons' ability to access, view or use this forum;
• to use any manual or automated means, including agents, robots, scripts, or spiders, to obtain access to or to manage any user's account or to monitor or copy this forum or the content contained therein;
• to facilitate the unlawful distribution of copyrighted content;
• in a manner that includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent other than information that is otherwise in the public domain;
• in a manner that employs misleading email or IP addresses, or forged headers or footers or to otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise your identity or the origin of content transmitted through this forum or to users; and
• in a manner that constitutes or contains any form of advertising or solicitation nor to contact nor e-mail users who have requested not to be contacted about other services, products or commercial interests.

Additionally, you agree not to:
• "Stalk" or otherwise harass anyone;
• Collect, use or disclose data, including personal information, about other users without their specific consent or for unlawful purposes or in violation of any applicable law or regulations;
• Request, solicit or otherwise obtain access to usernames, passwords or other authentication credentials from any member of this forum or to proxy authentication credentials for any member of this forum for the purposes of automating logins to this forum;
• Post any content containing obscenity, pornography, sexually explicit materials or child pornography to this forum;
• Post any content that depicts or contains rape, extreme violence, murder, bestiality, incest, or other similar content;
• Post any content that constitutes pornography, contains nudity, or is adult in nature.
• Post irrelevant content, repeatedly post the same or similar content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the forums’ infrastructure;
• Attempt to gain unauthorized access to our computer systems or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, this forum;
• Use this forum as a generic file hosting service;
• Develop, invoke, or utilize any code to disrupt, diminish the quality of, interfere with the performance of, or impair the functionality of this forum.

If you are participating in the LDPE (Living Donor Paired Exchange) Registry, please note the following:

• Under Canadian law, you may share details about your kidney exchange provided you do not reveal the identity of any other participant of the LDPE Registry without his or her prior consent.
• Before you decide to share your story, you should consider the potential risks. Please contact Canadian Blood Services for more information about the risks and privacy concerns involved in sharing your story:

You agree not to authorize or encourage any third party to use this forum to facilitate any of the foregoing prohibited conduct. You also agree that these forum Terms of Service inure to the benefit of our service providers (including our forum platform provider) and that they may take action (including the removal of your content and disabling of your account) in order to maintain compliance with this forum Terms of Service. Technology and hosting for aspects of this forum are provided by this forum’s online service provider. However, the Creator of this forum controls the content, membership and policy of this forum, including those pages served by such service provider on behalf of this forum. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, by participating on this forum you agree to indemnify and hold harmless such service provider on all matters related to your interaction with others using this forum and participation with this forum.