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Accordingly, please do not send us any ideas, materials, suggestions or other information you would like to keep confidential or for which you would like or expect acknowledgement or compensation.
By making a Submission, you represent and warrant that, (a) you own all right, title and interest in your Submission, or you have the necessary approvals and permissions to grant us a Submission License, (b) your Submission, and the exercise by us of our rights under the Submission License for it, does not violate any applicable law, contract rights or other rights of others, including, without limitation, any trade secret, copyright, publicity or privacy right, and (c) your Submission does not contain software viruses, spiders, spybots, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of spam or other damaging, disruptive or unauthorized programming.
In addition, a Submission shall not do any of the following or provide a link or reference to Content that does any of the following:
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We do not guarantee your Submissions will not be lost or damaged or that you will be able to retrieve your Submissions or recover any other data transmitted to us through the Website or any site linked to it. We reserve the right, but do not have the responsibility, to monitor and remove any Submission, at any time and without notice, in our sole discretion.
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- Request, attempt to obtain or store, personal information, passwords or other information of other Users.
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- Use the Website intentionally or unintentionally to violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation.
Content on the Website
We do not independently verify any Submissions or any Content provided by third parties (collectively, "Content Providers") having an agreement with us to provide Content to the Website. We take reasonable efforts to determine that any Content that we provide is accurate and timely; however, we do not guarantee or warrant any Content provided by us or any Content Provider is accurate, complete, truthful, or non-objectionable. We do not endorse any Submissions made by Users or Content provided by Content Providers, and all opinions expressed in any such Submissions and Content are exclusively those of the respective supplier.
We reserve the right, at any time and in our sole discretion, to remove any Content from the Website without notice.
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General Practices Regarding Use and Storage
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