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Terms
of Use

Last updated: 17 January 2017

Welcome to www.us4bg.org

Thank you for visiting our website. We, the America for Bulgaria Foundation (“the Foundation”, “we”, “our” or “us”) ask that you take the time to read these Terms and Conditions of Use carefully.  They explain a number of things, including the rules covering the use of our website as well as other information regarding your rights.  By using www.us4bg.org (the “Website”), however the Website is accessed and/or used by you (whether via personal computers, mobile devices or otherwise), you’ll be confirming that you have read and understood and agree to these Terms and Conditions of Use.  We may modify or amend these Terms and Conditions of Use from time to time without notice.  If we do, the most current version will always be available on our Website.  We will indicate at the top of these Terms and Conditions of Use when they were last updated.  If you do not agree with these Terms and Conditions of Use, please do not use the Website.

Your Information and Privacy

We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.  For a more detailed explanation of how we will collect, use and store information relating to you, and our commitment to protecting your privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.  Our Privacy Policy also includes information on how we use cookies on our Website.

Ownership of Content

All text, graphics, audio, video or image files, content, software, applications and information displayed on or available from this site, and all copyright, trade mark rights, design rights and other intellectual property rights in them (together, the "Content") is owned by us, our users, our licensors and/or Content providers.  This includes, without limitation, the organization and layout of the Website and the underlying software that is owned by us, our users, suppliers and/or licensors.  By using the Website, you're agreeing that the Content is available for personal use only and that you will not copy, reproduce, publish, distribute or dispose of in any way any of the Content.

Except as authorized as above or under copyright law you are responsible for obtaining permission to use any Content included on the Website.  This includes those photographs, illustrations and videos on the Website that we license from third parties.  If you want to know who the copyright holder is for a specific photo, illustration or video, please contact us at communications@us4bg.org and we will provide you with that information.  You shall comply with all applicable law regarding your use of the Website.  You will not remove any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notices from material found on the Website.

Trademarks

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of the Foundation or its partners, vendors or licensors used on the Website (including, but not limited to, the America for Bulgaria Foundation name and logo) (collectively, the “Marks”) are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Foundation or its partners, vendors or licensors.  You may not use, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, distribute or modify the Marks in any way, including in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials on the Website, without our prior written consent.  The use of the Marks on any other Website or network computer environment is not allowed.  The Foundation prohibits the use of the Marks as a link on or to any other website unless establishment of such a link is approved in writing by us in advance.

Submission Policy

Where the Foundation has specifically invited or requested submissions, the Foundation encourages members of the public to submit user published Content or user Content (e.g., postings to chat rooms, comments to our blogs, participation in communities, videos, tips, etc.) to the Foundation that they have created for consideration in connection with the Website and any related programs, books and broadcasts (“User Submissions”).  User Submissions posted to our Website will be information in the public domain, so please be aware that it may be accessed by any person using the internet in any part of the world and can be found using independent search engines.  If you choose to post information to the interactive parts of our Website, you do so at your own risk.  We strongly advise you to think carefully before choosing to share any personal information on the interactive parts of our Website.  For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

User Submissions remain the intellectual property of the individual user.  By posting User Submissions on the Website, you expressly grant the Foundation a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up worldwide, fully sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, perform and display such User Submissions and your name, voice, and/or likeness as contained in your User Submission, in whole or in part, and in any form throughout the world in any media or technology, whether now known or hereafter discovered, including all promotion, advertising, marketing, merchandising, publicity and any other ancillary uses thereof, and including the unfettered right to sublicense such rights, in perpetuity throughout the universe.  Any such User Submissions are deemed non-confidential, and the Foundation shall be under no obligation to maintain the confidentiality of any information, in whatever form, contained in any User Submission.

We may monitor User Submissions from time to time, but please note that we don't have any obligation to police it.  User Submissions and other content or materials posted online by third parties have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on our Website do not represent our views or values. 

We may remove or block access to any User Submissions at any time.  For example, we may do this where we reasonably believe that someone has broken the law (for example, by infringing a third party's intellectual property rights or breaching a duty of confidentiality).  We bear no responsibility or liability in respect of any loss or damage suffered as a result of any of these actions.

If you have any concerns about Content or User Submissions appearing on the Website, please contact communications@us4bg.org.

User Code of Conduct

The following section — User Code of Conduct — gives you our common sense guidelines for how to contribute to the Website without causing harm or offense to yourself and others and without having your User Submissions removed.  To protect our users and the reputation of the Website, we may monitor interactions between users of our Website from time to time.   Please note, however, that we have no obligation to police it.

We ask that in using our Website you show respect for other users and the property of others. 

In using our Website, you agree that you will not:

  • post or otherwise make available content which is, in our view, likely to impair others' enjoyment of the Website.
  • breach the law or encourage a breach of the law.
  • post or otherwise make available content which is, in our view, abusive, offensive, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or of a sexual nature, illegal, threatening, intimidating, in breach of privacy, confidentiality or third party rights or otherwise unacceptable.
  • post or otherwise make available content which, in our view, portrays unacceptable violence.
  • behave in a way which is threatening, intimidating, harassing or bullying, offensive, abusive, defamatory, discriminatory or demeaning or to stalk or violate the rights of others, including individuals' privacy rights.
  • do, cause or permit anything to be done that may infringe, damage or interfere with any copyright, moral rights, performing rights, design rights, trade mark rights or other proprietary or intellectual property rights of the Foundation, their respective owners, suppliers and/or licensors or any third party.
  • upload content which is not an original work created by you.
  • share any information which is confidential to any other person.
  • do anything which will or might damage, interfere with, disrupt access to, overburden, interrupt or impair the functionality of the Website, the materials available on the site or any software or hardware.
  • obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to the Website, any part of it or any private or member account areas.
  • obtain or seek to obtain personal information, confidential information or passwords from any other person using the Website.
  • circumvent or attempt to circumvent any filters we may use on the Website.
  • do anything which may cause any liability to the Foundation.
  • distort or misrepresent any individual or thing.
  • register as or on behalf of anyone else, impersonate anyone else, seek to take on a false identity or misrepresent yourself, your identity or your age.
  • post or otherwise make available content containing financial information (such as account, credit or debit card details) or information which identifies an individual personally or is capable of identifying an individual personally (such as names, phone numbers, email addresses, postal addresses or any other personal data).
  • knowingly transmit any data or send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software, hardware or the Website.
  • sell, advertise, promote or endorse any goods or services.
  • use the Website to send any chain letters, junk mail, 'spamming' material or any other form of bulk communication.

The Foundation may reject or remove any User Submissions or other postings on the Website if the Foundation believes (in its sole discretion) that any of the prohibited activities listed above have occurred.  In addition to any remedies that we may have at law or in equity, if we determine, in our sole discretion, that you have violated or are likely to violate the foregoing prohibitions, we may take any action we deem necessary to cure or prevent the violation, including, without limitation, the immediate removal of the related materials from this Website.  We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order or subpoena requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting such materials.

Framing this Website

You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

You must not establish a link to our Website in any website that is not owned by you.

Our Website must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page.

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

Third-Party Links

On the Website we may provide, among other things, convenient links to other charitable foundations’ websites.  The Website may also contain links to other third party websites, resources, advertisements or sponsorships.

If you choose to access any of these links, you will be leaving the Website and, since we don't have any control over these sites, we are not responsible for the content, advertising, products or services available from them, or for any dealings or disputes that you may have in relation to those sites.

We are not liable for any loss or damage which may be suffered as a result of the use of such links and third party sites.  We would encourage you to review the terms and conditions and privacy policy on any new site you may choose to access because our terms and conditions and privacy policy will no longer be applicable.

We reserve the right to remove a link from our Website at any time.

Limitations of Liability

Whether you are a direct or indirect beneficiary of the Foundation’s services:

  • We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability for tort where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our misconduct or the misconduct of our employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

If you are a business user:

  • We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our Website or any Content on it.
  • We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:
  • use of, or inability to use, our Website; or
  • use of or reliance on any content displayed on our Website.

In particular, we will not be liable for:

  • loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
  • business interruption;
  • loss of anticipated savings;
  • loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
  • any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

If you are a grantee or program participant:

  • Please note that we only provide our Website for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our Website for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.
  • If defective digital content that we have supplied, damages a device or digital content belonging to you and this is proven to be caused by us, we will either repair the damage or pay you compensation.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold the Foundation harmless from any and all liabilities, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, related to or in connection with (a) your use of the Website or placement or transmission of any message or information on this Website by you or your authorized users; (b) your violation of any of these Terms and Conditions of Use, including without limitation, your breach of any of the representations and warranties herein; (c) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any right of privacy, publicity rights or intellectual property rights; (d) your violation of any law, rule or regulation of the United States, the Republic of Bulgaria, or any other country; (e) any claim for damages that arise as a result of any User Submission that you provide to the Foundation; or (f) any other party’s access to and use of the Website with your unique username, password or other appropriate security code.

Access and Interference

If you have trouble using our website with certain web browsers or other software or if you want to let us know how we can improve accessibility, please contact us at: communications@us4bg.org.  We appreciate your feedback and your suggestions will help us to improve our Website.

You agree that you will not use any robot, spider, scraper or other automated means to access the Website for any purpose without our express written permission.  Additionally, you agree that you will not: (a) take any action that, in our sole discretion, imposes, or may impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (b) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website or any activities conducted on the site; or (c) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Website.

Termination

You or we may suspend or terminate your account or your use of our Website at any time, for any reason or for no reason.  You are personally liable for any orders placed or charges incurred through your account prior to termination.  We may also block your access to our Website in the event that (a) you breach these Terms and Conditions of Use; (b) we are unable to verify or authenticate any information you provide to us; or (c) we believe that your actions may cause financial loss or legal liability for you, our users or us.

Other Terms

These Terms and Conditions of Use and the Privacy Policy (which includes details on our approach to cookies) constitute the entire agreement between you - the user and the Foundation in relation to your use of the Website and supersede all prior agreements and arrangements between us in relation to your use of the Website.

If any provision or part of these Terms and Conditions of Use is or is found to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the legality, validity and enforceability of all of the other provisions and parts of these Terms and Conditions of Use will not be impaired.

No failure or delay by the Foundation in exercising or enforcing any right, power or remedy which arises under these Terms and Conditions of Use shall operate as a waiver of that or any other right, power or remedy. No waiver by the Foundation shall be effective unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the Foundation.

Our Contact Details

If you have any queries, comments or complaints regarding the Website or these Terms and Conditions of Use, please get in touch. You can write to us at: communications@us4bg.org.

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