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Terms And Conditions


Thank you for visiting the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law’s website and reviewing our Terms and Conditions. Please be reminded that if you link to a site outside of this site, you are subject to any policies, terms or conditions of the new site.


This website is operated by the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law (NCSTL). This project is supported by Award No. 2003-IJ-CX-K024 from the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this site are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.

NCSTL makes reasonable efforts to ensure that the content is current, accurate and contains no errors. However, NCSTL makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee (expressed or implied) as to the operation of this website or that the information, content or materials included in it will be error free or completely accurate or current at all times, or at any time.

NCSTL adds and updates content on a regular basis and may correct errors or inaccuracies at any time without notice. All original content, including without limitation, all text, design, graphics, drawings, photographs, code and software, and all organization and presentation of such content, which forms a part of this website, are subject to intellectual property rights, including copyright and trademarks held by or licensed to Stetson University College of Law. All such rights are expressly reserved.

This website contains links to other websites. The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Stetson University College of Law, and NCSTL take no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations, views, accuracy, copyright or trademark compliance or legality of the material contained on such websites. The provision of any link does not constitute an endorsement or validation of any product, service, or information by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice, Stetson University College of Law, or NCSTL.

NCSTL does not provide legal or scientific advice and the information contained on this site should not be construed as constituting legal or scientific advice. Individuals or organizations seeking legal advice should consult with a licensed attorney in the appropriate jurisdiction. Reliance on any information, in whole or in part, contained within this website is solely at the individual’s/organization’s own risk.

NCSTL is not responsible or liable for:
  • any computer equipment and telephone services which you use to access the website or for their security.
  • the loss or corruption of any material in transit, or the loss of or corruption of any material downloaded onto computer systems.
  • the loss or damage is a business loss or the losses were caused in the course of business, including losses relating to lost data, lost profits or business interruption
NCSTL makes reasonable efforts to ensure that the website remains accessible and that time offline is kept at a minimum. NCSTL is not responsible or liable for losses in any form that may occur as a result of the website being unavailable.

NCSTL and its directors, employees, agents, representatives, and assigns shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of or related to access to or use of this website.

The Terms and Conditions related to the use of this website, together with the website Privacy Policy, constitute the entire agreement between NCSTL and you pertaining to the subject matter hereof, and supersede any and all written and oral agreements previously existing between us with respect to such subject matter.

If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store the following information about your visit:
  • The name of the Internet domain and the IP address from which you access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date, time and duration of your access to our site;
  • The Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site; and
  • The pages you visit and the information you request.
This information is primarily collected for statistical analysis and technical improvements to the site. You do not have to provide any personal information to visit this Web site. If you choose to provide us with personal information, such as by sending a message to an e-mail address or registering on the Web site, we will use that information to respond to your message, to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication, or to otherwise advise you of NCSTL activities.

We do not collect or use information for commercial or third-party marketing. We may use the information you provide to notify you of additional information of interest or opportunities related to NCSTL.

We do not exchange or sell the information collected. We will not disclose the information to third parties or other government agencies, unless required to do so by state or federal law, by your specific permission, or for other legitimate reasons.

Remember that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is sensitive or includes personal information you may prefer to send it by postal mail.

All original material on the website and any material sent to you by e-mail or any other form from the website (the "content") or in any way relating to the website belongs to Stetson University College of Law/NCSTL. You may retrieve and display content from the website, print a single copy of individual pages and store such pages for caching purposes only, all for your personal and non-commercial use alone. Stetson University College of Law/NCSTL owns, to the extent permitted by law, the copyright and all other intellectual property rights associated with the content, except where otherwise stated. The Department of Justice reserves a royalty-free, non-exclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use, and authorize others to use, for Federal government purposes: the copyright in any work developed under an award or sub-award; and any rights of copyright to which a recipient or sub-recipient purchases ownership with support.

You are permitted to copy electronically and print hard copies of pages from this website for your own non-commercial and lawful use, provided that such copies clearly display the copyright and any other proprietary notices of NCSTL. No other copying of this website, in whole or in part, is permitted without express written authorization of NCSTL.

“The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law”; “NCSTL”; “Sharing Knowledge to Promote Justice”; and certain other names, words, logos, slogans and images used on this website are the property of and are subject to trade-mark rights held by Stetson University College of Law/NCSTL. Certain other trade-marks, trade names, words, logos, slogans and images listed on this website are the property of their respective owners. Use of any such property, except as expressly authorized, shall constitute a violation of the rights of the owner of the property.

You may not do any of the following without prior written permission from us:
  • reproduce the content (other than as allowed under this Acceptable Use Policy), or modify or in any way commercially exploit any of the content;
  • redistribute any of the content (including using it as part of any library, archive or similar service);
  • remove the copyright or trade mark notice(s) from any copies of content made in accordance with these Terms and Conditions;
  • create a database in electronic or structured manual form by systematically downloading and storing all and any of the content. Requests to republish, redistribute or syndicate content should be addressed to: watson@law.stetson.edu
You acknowledge that we own the trademarks and that you may not use any of them without our prior written permission. Other product and company names and logos mentioned or displayed on the website may be the trade marks, service marks or trading names of third parties.

In accessing the website you agree not to:
  • impersonate another person or use a false name or a name you are unauthorized to use or create a false identity or e-mail address or try to mislead others as to the identity or origin of any communications;
  • damage, interfere with or disrupt access to the website or do anything which may interrupt or impair its functionality;
  • make any commercial or business use of the website or resell or commercially benefit from any part or aspect of the website;
  • obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access, through whatever means, to the website;
  • set up links from any website controlled by you to NCSTL without our express written permission.
NCSTL retains the absolute right to prevent you from accessing the website, without prejudice to any of our accrued rights, where we in our reasonable discretion consider that you are contravening our Acceptable Use Policy or any other term or condition of these Terms and Conditions, and, if reasonably practical, we have informed you of your contravention or breach.

You agree to provide accurate and complete registration information if you register on the NCSTL website. It is your responsibility to update and maintain any changes to that information (including your e-mail address) by altering your details as appropriate.

Registration is for a single user only. To register you must choose a user name and password. Sharing a username and password is not allowed.

When you visit the NCSTL website, a cookie may be sent to you. A cookie is a small file that is placed on your computer’s hard disc for record keeping purposes to:
  • recognize you when you next visit the website
  • compile anonymous statistics related to the use of services
Use of this information can assist NCSTL in measuring and improving the website. You are not obliged to accept cookies and may modify your browser so that it will not accept cookies. Click News International for instructions on how to disable cookies. Disabling cookies will result in membership benefits being unavailable to you.

NCSTL will not be liable for any unauthorized transactions made using your username or password. When you register you will be required to click on an icon indicating that you have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions. You will not be allowed to register unless you indicate your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and any other terms and conditions that may apply. Regardless of registration, these Terms and Conditions apply to our site usage.

You may not assign, sub-license or otherwise transfer any of your rights under these Terms and Conditions without our agreement, which will not be arbitrarily refused. If any part of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction the validity of the remaining terms will be unaffected. If either party does not exercise any right or remedy under these Terms and Conditions, this will not be taken to mean that they have been waived.

You agree to indemnify and hold us, our employees and agents harmless from and against all and any expenses, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses incurred or suffered and any claims or legal proceedings which are brought or threatened, in each case arising from your use of, or conduct on, the website and/or a breach of the Acceptable Use Policy and/or any of these Terms and Conditions.

NCSTL is not responsible for any technical or other issues that may arise if you download software from an external third party website (e.g. Acrobat Reader) or upgrade your browser software to enhance your usage of the website.

NCSTL may terminate the provision of this website or restrict your access without any prior notice to you where (by way of example and without limitation):
  • there is a regulatory or statutory change or organizational decision limiting our ability to provide a website or representing a decision for discontinuance;
  • any event beyond our reasonable control prevents us from continuing to provide a website (for example, without limitation, technical difficulties, capacity problems and communications failures); or
  • NCSTL considers that you are abusing the services provided by NCSTL or are otherwise acting in breach of these Terms and Conditions and, if reasonably practical, we have notified you of the abuse or breach.
NCSTL may provide content for downloading. Download time may vary considerably and you agree that you are wholly liable and responsible for any charges incurred in downloading same. Where reasonably practical, NCSTL will attempt to notify you of the size/amount of the file/data and the likely download time for your information.

NCSTL reserves the right to make changes to any part of the website that may result in a change to the terms of these Terms and Conditions, with or without notice. Use of the Web site shall constitute agreement to be bound by the terms and conditions in effect at the time of your use.