Effective as of: November 1, 2011
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The American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union is engaged in the mission of defending the rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, including First Amendment freedoms, equality, privacy rights and fundamental fairness. It is a separate entity from the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation.
Online Privacy Statement & Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Liberty Site
Please review our American Civil Liberties Union Liberty Watch 2012 Online Privacy Statement
, which is part of this User Agreement and describes how we handle any personally identifying information about Liberty Watch Site users, including information you voluntarily submit to the Liberty Watch Site. By providing such information, you hereby acknowledge and agree to the American Civil Liberties Union’s treatment of such information as described in the American Civil Liberties Union Liberty Watch 2012 Online Privacy Statement.
The American Civil Liberties Union owns or licenses the copyright in all the materials on the Liberty Watch Site, including text, graphics, logos, button icons, audio clips, photographs, and software, and those rights are protected by United States and international copyright laws and other intellectual property laws (“Liberty Watch Site Content”). To the extent your use of material on the Liberty Watch Site does not constitute “fair use” for which you do not need our permission, the following rules apply to use of the material:
. Unless the specific web page from which American Civil Liberties Union text materials is available indicates you may not do so, you may copy or distribute any text materials that appear on the Liberty Watch Site in print or digital format only and only for the following non-commercial purposes: research, teaching, private study, and activism within a local geographic area regarding civil liberties issues. You may also distribute Liberty Watch Site Content that is not American Civil Liberties Union text materials if and only to the extent that the specific launching page from which that Liberty Watch Site Content is accessible, and/or the Liberty Watch Site Content itself, explicitly indicates that the Liberty Watch Site Content may be distributed in a specified manner. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all distributed copies must display the following copyright notice:
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• a reply fax number or email address and a phone number.
Information You Post to the Liberty Watch Site
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You may not use the American Civil Liberties Union Trademarks for any product or service that does not belong to the American Civil Liberties Union, nor in any manner that is likely to cause confusion about whether we are the source, affiliated with, sponsor of or endorser of any product or service. In addition, you may not use the American Civil Liberties Union Trademarks in any manner that illegally disparages or discredits us.
Your ability to use a Third-Party Trademark that appears on the Liberty Watch Site is limited to the manner, if any, in which the Liberty Watch Site explicitly states on the page on which such Third-Party Trademark appears that such use in such manner is authorized by the third-party owner of that Third-Party Trademark (unless your use is permissible under the law (e.g., it is "fair use") or the owner of such Third-Party Trademark has specifically granted you the right to such use in such manner).
Frames and Metatags
You may not frame the content of the Liberty Watch Site. You may not use metatags or any other "hidden text" that incorporates American Civil Liberties Union Trademarks or our name without our express written consent.
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