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  • Greenopedia’s Privacy Policy

    Last updated: October 2012

    Your privacy is critically important to us. At Greenopedia we have a few fundamental principles:

    • We don’t ask for personal information unless we truly need it. (We hate services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
    • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
    • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

    It is the policy of Greenopedia.com (“Greenopedia”) to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

    Website Visitors

    Like most website operators, Greenopedia may collect non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Greenopedia’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Greenopedia’s visitors use its website. From time to time, Greenopedia may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

    Greenopedia also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our site. Greenopedia only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the Listing or webpage where the comment was left.

    Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

    Certain visitors to Greenopedia choose to interact in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that we gather depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask members to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with us are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Greenopedia collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Greenopedia. Greenopedia does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

    Aggregated Statistics

    Greenopedia may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Greenopedia may monitor the most popular pages on the site or use a service to help identify spam. Greenopedia may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Greenopedia does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

    Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

    Greenopedia discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Greenopedia’s behalf or to provide services available at Greenopedia’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Greenopedia will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Greenopedia discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Greenopedia believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Greenopedia, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Greenopedia website and have supplied your email address, Greenopedia may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, ask your feedback, or just keep you up to date. Greenopedia takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

    Cookies

    A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Greenopedia uses cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of Greenopedia website, and their website access preferences. Greenopedia visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Greenopedia’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Greenopedia’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

    Business Transfers

    If Greenopedia, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Greenopedia goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Greenopedia may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

    Ads

    Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Greenopedia and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

    Children

    Greenopedia.com is a general audience website and does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not provide personally identifiable information of any kind whatsoever.

    Changes to Our Privacy Policy

    Greenopedia may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Greenopedia’s sole discretion. Greenopedia encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

    Questions

    If you have questions, concerns, complaints, suggestions or feedback about our privacy practices or the use or your information, please email us at legal@greenopedia.com.

    Change Log

    • September 19, 2011: First posted the Greenopedia Privacy Policy
  • Greenopedia’s Terms of Use

    Last updated: October 2012

    We love for you visit our website often. Reading our content is free to all visitors, and we encourage you to visit daily and to share the content often. We also encourage you to engage with brands and each other, and to ask the tough questions that need to be asked and give the tough feedback that needs to be given. All we ask is that you do so responsibly and respectfully. Questions, feedback, and comments should be offered in a productive manner that is tactful and mature. We do not accept inappropriate language or images, undue tone, self-serving links that do not provide context or otherwise enhance the content of the page on which you are commenting, or unapproved advertisements of any kind.

    In addition, please be responsible in what you publish. In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items listed below appear on your site or get linked to from your site (things like spam, viruses, or hate content).

    Terms of Service

    The following terms and conditions govern all use of the Greenopedia.com website (“Website”) and all content, services and products available at or through the website. The Website is owned and operated by Greenopedia.com (“Greenopedia”). The Website is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies (including, without limitation, Greenopedia’s Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by Greenopedia (collectively, the “Agreement”).

    Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website. By accessing or using any part of the web site, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access the Website or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Greenopedia, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms.

    1. Your Greenopedia.com Brand Page. If you create a free or paid Profile on the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your membership account and for the links you post in your Listing. You are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with it. You must not describe or assign keywords to your Listing in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and Greenopedia may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause Greenopedia liability. You must immediately notify Greenopedia of any unauthorized uses of your Listing, your account or any other breaches of security. Greenopedia will not be liable for any acts or omissions by You, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
    2. Responsibility of Subscription Members. If you maintain a Subscription, or if you comment on your Brand Page or the Brand Page of another company, if you post material to the Website, if you post links on the Website, or if you otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
      • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
      • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
      • you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
      • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
      • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
      • the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
      • your Listing is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
      • your Listing is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your Listing’s name or description is not the name or description of a person other than yourself or company other than the one you represent or own; and
      • you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by Greenopedia or otherwise. By submitting Content to Greenopedia for inclusion on our Website, you grant Greenopedia a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your content. If you delete Content, Greenopedia will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Greenopedia has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Greenopedia’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Greenopedia’s reasonable opinion, violates any Greenopedia policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in Greenopedia’s sole discretion. Greenopedia will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.
    3. Payment and Renewal for Subscription Listings.
      • General Terms. Optional paid services such as paid Subscriptions and add-on services are available on the Website (any such services, an “Upgrade”). By selecting an Upgrade you agree to pay Greenopedia the monthly or annual fees indicated for that service. Payments will be charged on a pre-pay basis on the day you sign up for an Upgrade and will cover the use of that service for a monthly or annual subscription period as indicated. Upgrade fees are not refundable.
      • Automatic Renewal. Unless you notify Greenopedia before the end of the applicable subscription period that you want to cancel an Upgrade, your Upgrade subscription will automatically renew and you authorize us to collect the then-applicable annual or monthly subscription fee for such Upgrade (as well as any taxes) using any credit card or other payment mechanism we have on record for you. Upgrades can be canceled at any time in the Upgrades section of your Listing’s dashboard.
    4. Responsibility of Contributors. If you post material or links to the comments or elsewhere on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
      • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
      • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
      • you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
      • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
      • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
      • the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
      • your content is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
      • your content or posting is not described in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your name or description is not the name or description of a person other than yourself or company other than the one you represent or own; and
      • you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by Greenopedia or otherwise. By submitting Content to Greenopedia for inclusion on our Website, you grant Greenopedia a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your content. If you delete Content, Greenopedia will use reasonable efforts to remove it from the Website, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Greenopedia has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Greenopedia’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Greenopedia’s reasonable opinion, violates any Greenopedia policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of the Website to any individual or entity for any reason, in Greenopedia’s sole discretion.
    5. Responsibility of Website Visitors. Greenopedia has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including Comments, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Greenopedia does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. The Website may contain content that is offensive, or otherwise objectionable to some parties, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Greenopedia disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
    6. Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including links to subscriber companies, advertisers or other parters, made available through the websites and webpages to which Greenopedia.com links, and that link to Greenopedia.com. Greenopedia does not have any control over those non-Greenopedia websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Greenopedia website or webpage, Greenopedia does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Greenopedia disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Greenopedia websites and webpages.
    7. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. As Greenopedia asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by Greenopedia.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Greenopedia in accordance with Greenopedia’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy. Greenopedia will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. Greenopedia will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Greenopedia or others. In the case of such termination, Greenopedia will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Greenopedia.
    8. Copyright, Trademark and other Intellectual Property. This Agreement does not transfer from Greenopedia to you any Greenopedia or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Greenopedia. Greenopedia, Greenopedia.com, the Greenopedia logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics, logos, videos, audio or other files used in connection with Greenopedia.com. or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of Greenopedia or Greenopedia’s licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics, logos, videos, audio or other files used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Greenopedia or third-party trademarks.
    9. Changes. Greenopedia reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. Greenopedia may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
    10. Termination. Greenopedia may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your Greenopedia.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
    11. Disclaimer of Warranties. The Website is provided “as is”. Greenopedia and its suppliers and licensors hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including, without limitation, the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Neither Greenopedia nor its suppliers and licensors, makes any warranty that the Website will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted. You understand that you download from, or otherwise obtain content or services through, the Website at your own discretion and risk.
    12. Limitation of Liability. In no event will Greenopedia, or its suppliers or licensors, be liable with respect to any subject matter of this agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (i) any special, incidental or consequential damages; (ii) the cost of procurement for substitute products or services; (iii) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data; or (iv) for any amounts that exceed the fees paid by you to Greenopedia under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action. Greenopedia shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control. The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.
    13. General Representation and Warranty. You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the Greenopedia Privacy Policy, with this Agreement and with all applicable laws and regulations (including without limitation any local laws or regulations in your country, state, city, or other governmental area, regarding online conduct and acceptable content, and including all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside) and (ii) your use of the Website will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.
    14. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Greenopedia, its contractors, and its licensors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of the Website, including but not limited to your violation of this Agreement.
    15. Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between Greenopedia and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of Greenopedia, or by the posting by Greenopedia of a revised version. Except to the extent applicable law, if any, provides otherwise, this Agreement, any access to or use of the Website will be governed by the laws of the state of California, U.S.A., excluding its conflict of law provisions, and the proper venue for any disputes arising out of or relating to any of the same will be the state and federal courts located in San Francisco County, California. Except for claims for injunctive or equitable relief or claims regarding intellectual property rights (which may be brought in any competent court without the posting of a bond), any dispute arising under this Agreement shall be finally settled in accordance with the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. (“JAMS”) by three arbitrators appointed in accordance with such Rules. The arbitration shall take place in San Francisco, California, in the English language and the arbitral decision may be enforced in any court. The prevailing party in any action or proceeding to enforce this Agreement shall be entitled to costs and attorneys’ fees. If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that part will be construed to reflect the parties’ original intent, and the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect. A waiver by either party of any term or condition of this Agreement or any breach thereof, in any one instance, will not waive such term or condition or any subsequent breach thereof. You may assign your rights under this Agreement to any party that consents to, and agrees to be bound by, its terms and conditions; Greenopedia may assign its rights under this Agreement without condition. This Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of the parties, their successors and permitted assigns.

    Change Log

    • September 19, 2011: First posted the Greenopedia Terms of Service
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice (DMCA)

    If you believe that content available by means of the Website (as defined in our Terms of Service) infringes one or more of your copyrights, please notify us by providing a written notice (“Infringement Notice”) containing the information described below to the designated agent listed below. If Greenopedia.com takes action in response to an Infringement Notice, it will make a good faith attempt to contact the party that made such content available by means of the most recent email address, if any, provided by such party to Greenopedia.

    Your Infringement Notice may be forwarded to the party that made the content available or to third parties such as ChillingEffects.org.

    Please be advised that you will be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that a product or activity is infringing your copyrights. Thus, if you are not sure content located on or linked-to by the Website infringes your copyright, you should consider first contacting an attorney.

    Please follow these steps to file a notice:

    1. Verify that the Subscription or Content in question is hosted by Greenopedia. We have no control over blogs or websites that are external to Greenopedia.com and say they are partners with, or otherwise associated with, Greenopedia. We manage only the content on the Greenopedia.com website as governed by our Terms of Service. Content not hosted on the Greenopedia.com website is not reviewed by Greenopedia, nor is it the responsibility of Greenopedia to review it. Please contact the appropriate website or blog with complaints
    2. Contact the offensive Listing or post directly.  to see if the matter can be resolved directly between you and the person who manages the Subscription Listing, or who posted the comment in question.
    3. Send your complaint to our designated agent. If the issue cannot be resolved directly with the person or company, send your complaint directly to the following email address: legal@greenopedia.com.

    You must include the following:

    • A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf;
    • An identification of the copyright claimed to have been infringed;
    • A description of the nature and exact location of the content that you claim to infringe your copyright, in sufficient detail to permit Greenopedia to find and positively identify that content; for example we require a link to the specific website page (not just the name of the Subscriber, company or article content) that contains the content and a description of which specific portion of the blog post – an image, a link, the text, etc. – your complaint refers to;
    • Your name, address, telephone number and email address; and
    • A statement by you: (a) that you believe in good faith that the use of the content that you claim to infringe your copyright is not authorized by law, or by the copyright owner or such owner’s agent; (b) that all of the information contained in your Infringement Notice is accurate, and (c) under penalty of perjury, that you are either the copyright owner or a person authorized to act on their behalf
    • I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. (required)
    • I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. (required)
    • Signed on this date of (today’s date, MM/DD/YYYY)(required)
    • Signature (your digital signature is legally binding)(required)

    If an Infringement Notice is valid, we are required by law to respond to it by disabling access to the allegedly infringing content. If you are a Greenopedia.com user and access to portions of your Listing have been disabled for this reason, we will notify you. You then have the option to send us a written counter-notice (a Counter-Notice) stating why your content does not infringe copyrights and asking for access to be reinstated. Counter-Notices need to be sent to the following email address: legal@greenopedia.com and must include the following:

    • Your name, address, phone number and physical or electronic signature;
    • A statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Federal District Court for the judicial district in which you are located (or if you are outside the U.S., the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of California), and that you will accept service of process from the person who originally provided us with the Infringement Notice (the “Copyright Holder”);
    • Identification of the allegedly infringing content and its location before removal or disabling of access; and
    • A statement under penalty of perjury that you believe in good faith that the content was removed by mistake or misidentification.