Terms of service

Agreement to the Terms of Service

Welcome to time4thinkers.com (the “Website” or “Site”), owned and operated by The First Church of Christ, Scientist (“TFCCS”). By using this Website, you accept and agree to abide by the rules, guidelines, policies, terms and conditions of this Site, as stated below and in the Privacy Policy and Permissions pages. This Website’s Privacy Policy and Permissions page are hereby incorporated into these Terms by reference. TFCCS reserves the right to change the Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Permissions Page at any time.

By using this Site and accepting this Agreement, you represent that you are at least 16 years of age and you have the legal authority to enter into this Agreement. (That means if you are between 16 and 18 years old, your parents should read and accept this Agreement on your behalf.)

  • Copyright
  • Trademarks
  • Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement
    Comments, Postings and Other Submissions of Content Licensed to the Site
  • Community Guidelines for Comments and Postings
  • Forums
  • RSS Feeds
  • Podcasts
  • Termination; Terms of Service Violations
  • Third-Party Web Sites; Advertisers
  • Disclaimer of Warranties
  • Indemnification
  • No Personal Liability
  • Applicable Law
  • Credits

Copyright

The contents of this Site are copyrighted by TFCCS and/or its affiliates or suppliers. All rights reserved. The contents of this Site may also be protected by trade dress, patent, and trademark laws, international conventions, and other relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights, and applicable laws.

Please see our Permissions page for information on how to request permission to reuse content from this Site.

Trademarks

“time4thinkers,” “TMC Youth,” and other trademarks, logos and images used on this Site’s goods and services are property of TFCCS and may not be used in any manner without obtaining written permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

  • iPhone, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • Google™ is a trademark of Google, Inc.
  • LinkedIn™ is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation.

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement

If you believe this Website is infringing your copyright, TFCCS will take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(2) (“DMCA”). Pursuant to the DMCA, written notification of claimed copyright infringement may or should be submitted to the following Designated Agent for this Site:

Service provider(s): The First Church of Christ, Scientist

Name of agent designated to receive notification of claimed infringement: Kevin Ness.

Full address of designated agent to which notification should be sent:

210 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
Telephone number of designated agent: 617-450-2000.
Email address of designated agent: cust...@spirituality.com.

To be effective, the Notification must include the following:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online Site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that Site.
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Comments, Postings and Other Submissions of Content Licensed to the Site

Unless you and TFCCS agree differently by written communication, by submitting materials to the Site, (including, but not limited to, statements, questions, comments, comments on any Contact Us page, reader comments, photos, or any other materials), you grant TFCCS and its licensees a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, edit, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and publicly display such materials, in whole or in part, in any form or media, now known or later developed, with or without name attribution, for any and all editorial and related promotional purposes. However, you will retain the copyright to your submission. You also warrant that the submission is your original work, does not violate the copyright or any other personal or property right of any third party, and you have obtained any and all releases and permissions necessary for our intended use. Our Community Guidelines for Comments and Postings (below) apply to all submissions on this Site.

Community Guidelines for Comments and Postings

You agree that you won’t post any of the following on the Site:

  • Material which defames, defrauds, abuses, accuses, or threatens others, or which contains vulgar, sexually-oriented, obscene, or indecent language or images.
  • Statements that are bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive.
  • Material that advocates illegal activity or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them.
  • Unauthorized copyrighted material, trademarks, or material that invades the privacy of others.
  • Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation.
  • Material that is inappropriately tailored to the Site, in length or tone.
  • Statements or postings that violate these terms will not be posted and may be removed at the discretion of the Site.

Forums

Subject to the “Posting and Other Submissions” section above, you are welcome to post, transmit or submit messages, comments, and other materials (which include uploading files, inputting data or any other materials or engaging in any form of communication in connection with this Site) (collectively “Messages”) to Community discussions, chat rooms or other public areas within, or in connection with, this Site (collectively “Forums”). However, TFCCS accepts no responsibility whatsoever in connection with or arising from such Messages. Children under the age of 16 are not authorized to post Messages or participate in forums on this Site.

TFCCS does not endorse the content of Messages submitted by others to Forums. Messages submitted to Forums are not necessarily reviewed by TFCCS, prior to posting and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of TFCCS. TFCCS makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the content of the Messages in the Forums or the accuracy and reliability of any Messages and other materials in the Forums. Nonetheless, TFCCS reserves the right to prevent you from submitting materials to Forums and to edit, restrict or remove such Messages for any reason at any time.

TFCCS assumes no responsibility for actively monitoring Forums for inappropriate Messages. If at any time TFCCS chooses, in its sole discretion, to monitor the Forums, TFCCS nonetheless assumes no responsibility for the content of the Messages, no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Messages, and no responsibility for the conduct of the user submitting any Message. In submitting Messages to Forums, you agree to strictly limit yourself to discussions about the subject matter for which the Forums are intended. You agree that TFCCS accepts no liability whatsoever if it determines to prevent your Messages from being submitted or if it edits, restricts or removes your Messages. You also agree to permit any other user of this Site to access, view, store or reproduce the material for that other user’s personal use and not to restrict or inhibit the use of the Site by any other person.

RSS Feeds

TFCCS offers free titles and summaries from the forums for personal, non-commercial use via Really Simple Syndication (“RSS”) (RSS 2.0). RSS is an XML-based format for easily sharing titles and summaries for use in your favorite readers and Web logs (blogs). The feeds include links back to the Site for the full article, and they update automatically.

To use RSS, you will need a special RSS news reader or aggregator that will allow you to collect and display the RSS content. TFCCS does not provide the required news reader or aggregator. There are many different news readers available, many for free. Most news readers are applications that you download and install. Others are web-based services you sign up for that work inside your browser. We suggest running Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer (7 and above) as your browser for optimum viewing and performance of the site. There are several plugins that allow your brower to act as an RSS Reader.

These Terms of Service and time4thinkers.com’s Privacy Policy govern your use of RSS. Any uses of RSS not granted herein are strictly prohibited. Prohibited uses include, but are not limited to, the incorporation of advertising or the placement of advertising associated with or targeted at the content of the RSS. You may not edit or modify the RSS feeds in any manner whatsoever. RSS feeds may be used only with platforms with a functional link which takes the viewer directly to the full article on the Site. You may not insert any intermediate page, splash page or any other content between the RSS link and the applicable article on the Site. TFCCS retains all ownership and other rights in the RSS content and in any and all logos and trademarks used in connection with RSS feeds. If you provide attribution using a graphic, you must use the appropriate Time4Thinkers.com name/logo incorporated into the RSS content or feed.

TFCCS reserves the right to cease offering any or all of the RSS feeds at any time or to require you to cease distributing any or all of the feeds at any time for any reason. TFCCS assumes no liability for your activities in connection with the RSS feeds or for your use of the feeds in connection with your Website.

Podcasts

time4thinkers.com’s podcasting service (“Podcasting Service”) consists of live chats, free lectures, and news and information audio files (“Podcast Content”) that may be downloaded to your computer and then transferred to your MP3 player. These Terms of Service and time4thinkers.com’s Privacy Policy govern your use of the Podcasting Service. Any uses of the Podcasting Service not granted herein are strictly prohibited. Prohibited uses include, but are not limited to, the incorporation of advertising or the placement of advertising associated with or targeted at the Podcast Content, redistribution of the Podcast Content and the use of the Podcast Content in a manner which suggests or implies that time4thinkers.com endorses any products, services or causes of a third party. You may not edit or modify the Podcast Content or links in any manner whatsoever.

You may only use the Podcasting Service with platforms which provide a functional link that, when accessed, takes the user directly to the podcast feed on the Site via the internet. The Podcast Content may be used only in a manner which allows linking or redirection to or delivery of the applicable page on the Site. You may not insert any intermediate page, splash page or any other content between the podcast link and the applicable page on the Site. time4thinkers.com retains all ownership and other rights in the Podcast Content and in any and all logos and trademarks used in connection with the Podcasting Service. If applicable, you must provide attribution to the appropriate page on the Site in connection with your use of the Podcasting Service, and, if you use a graphic in the attribution, you must use the appropriate Time4Thinkers.com name/logo incorporated into the Podcast Content.

time4thinkers.com reserves the right to cease offering any or all of the Podcasting Service or Podcast Content at any time or to require you to cease any and all use of the Podcasting Service or Podcast Content at any time for any reason time4thinkers.com, assumes no liability for your activities in connection with the Podcasting Service or for your use of the Podcast Content in connection with your website, computer or MP3 player.

Termination; Terms of Service Violations

You may terminate your account or access rights to this Website at any time, without notice. TFCCS may in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing access to the Website, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Website may be effected without prior notice, and you agree that TFCCS will not be liable to you or any third party for any such termination. Any suspected fraudulent, abusive or illegal activity may be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities. These remedies are in addition to any other remedies TFCCS may have at law or in equity. The provisions of this Site’s Terms of Service shall survive termination.

Third-Party Websites; Advertisers

This Website may include links or references to other websites or services solely as a convenience to Users (“Reference Sites”). TFCCS does not endorse any such Reference Sites or the information, materials, products, or services contained on or accessible through Reference Sites. In addition, your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through this Website are solely between you and such advertiser. ACCESS AND USE OF REFERENCE SITES, INCLUDING THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ON OR AVAILABLE THROUGH REFERENCE SITES IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Disclaimer of Warranties

THIS SITE, ITS OPERATION, AND ALL OF THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED BY TFCCS ON AN “AS IS” BASIS AND WITHOUT REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. TFCCS WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW CERTAIN DISCLAIMERS OR LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, THE FOREGOING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

TFCCS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR THE CONDUCT OF USERS OF THIS SITE OR INFORMATION EXCHANGED OR POSTED ON THIS SITE, INCLUDING A CLAIM OF DEFAMATION. TFCCS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST CONTENT OR DATA.

Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless TFCCS, its affiliated entities, companies, contractors, employees, agents and its third-party suppliers, licensors, and partners, harmless from any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, including legal fees and expenses, arising out of your use or misuse of this Website, any breach or alleged breach by you of these Terms, any breach or alleged breach of the copyright, trademark, proprietary or other rights of third-parties by you, or any breach of the representations, warranties, and covenants made by you herein. TFCCS reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify TFCCS, and you agree to cooperate with TFCCS’s defense of these claims.

No Personal Liability

No director, officer, trustee, employee or agent of TFCCS affiliates, shall be personally liable for the performance or failure to perform any provision of this Terms of Service.

Applicable Law

All disclaimers, policies, terms, conditions, and disputes thereunder will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, without regard to choice of law principles.

Credits

Software, content, and services found on this Site may be open source under a (what agreement?) and others may be copyrighted and owned by their respective owners including:

  • WordPress
  • WordPress plugins
  • Buddypress
  • Magpie
  • WuFoo
  • Flickr
  • Youtube
  • Madmimi
  • iTunes
  • Google Maps
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Search tools

Effective: November 21, 2011