January 23, 2018

Terms of Service


The gist:

We (the folks at A & M Expeditions, LLC), run a blog called “Montana Vacation Blog,” located at montanavacationblog.com, and we would love for you to use it.  This site, blog, forum, and related services are designed to educate and entertain, and we encourage you to express yourself freely.  However, please be responsible in what you write, and please always be respectful.  Being critical is fine, but rudeness and personal attacks are not.  In particular, make sure that none of the prohibited items listed below appear in your writing or what you link to (things like spam, viruses, or hate content.)

All information provided in this blog is simply MY opinion.  I do not profess to be an expert, and the information herein is for entertainment purposes only.  You should not consider anything I write in this blog a fact.  Please do your own research and form your own opinion.  If you need the services of a doctor or lawyer, please consult a professional regarding your particular circumstances.

That’s the gist of it.  Thanks to the folks at Automattic, who have made their Terms of Service available under a Creative Commons Sharealike License, so that we were able to borrow some of their wording for our own Terms of Service.

Terms of Service:

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the http://www.montanavacationblog.com/ website and all content, services and products available at or through the website, including, but not limited to, associated blogs, forums, and websites, taken together, “Montana Vacation Blog.”  Montana Vacation Blog is owned and operated by Alex Neill and A & M Expeditions, LLC.  Montana Vacation Blog 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, Montana Vacation Blog’s Privacy Policy) and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by Montana Vacation Blog (collectively, the “Agreement”).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using the Website.  By accessing or using any part of the Website, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement.  If you do not agree to all of 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 A & M Expeditions, LLC, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms.  The Website is available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old.

1.  Responsibility of Contributors.   If you comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links 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:

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, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
  • the 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;
  • the Content is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your 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 A & M Expeditions, LLC, or otherwise.

By submitting Content to Montana Vacation Blog for inclusion on our Website, you grant A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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 our blog. If you delete Content, A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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, A & M Expeditions, LLC, has the right (though not the obligation) to, in A & M Expedition LLC’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in A & M Expeditions’s reasonable opinion, violates any A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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 A & M Expedition LLC’s sole discretion.

2.  Responsibility of Website Visitors.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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. 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. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, 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.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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.

3.  Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which Montanavacationblog.com links, and that link to Montanavacationblog.com.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, does not have any control over those non-Montanavacationblog.com websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Montanavacationblog.com website or webpage, A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Montanavacationblog.com websites and webpages.

4. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy.  As A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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 montanavacationblog.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify A & M Expeditions, LLC, in accordance with standard Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) Policy.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material.  In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of A & M Expeditions, LLC, or others, A & M Expeditions, LLC, may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of the Website.  In the case of such termination, A & M Expeditions, LLC, will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to A & M Expeditions, LLC.

5. Intellectual Property.  This Agreement does not transfer from A & M Expeditions, LLC, to you any A & M Expeditions, LLC, or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with A & M Expeditions, LLC.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, Montanavacationblog.com, the “The Montana Vacation Blog” logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, content, graphics and logos used in connection with Montanavacationblog.com, or Montanavacationblog.com are trademarks or registered trademarks of A & M Expeditions, LLC, Alex Neill, or A & M Expeditions, LLC’s licensors.  Other trademarks, service marks, graphics, content, and logos 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 A & M Expeditions, LLC, or third-party trademarks. You hereby grant A & M Expeditions, LLC, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any Content you post on or in connection with the Website or A & M Expeditions, LLC, services or the promotion thereof and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with A & M Expeditions, LLC, or the promotion thereof.

All work on montanavacationblog.com, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  The gist of this license: you are free to share the content, but you may not use this work for commercial purposes, you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work, and you must attribute the work as specified by A & M Expeditions, LLC, and montanavacationblog.com, but not in a way that that suggests that A & M Expeditions, LLC endorses you or your use of the work.

6.  Disclosure Statement.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, does sometimes receive and accept payment for Montanavacationblog.com.  Please read our Disclosure Statement for further details.

7. Changes.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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.

8. Termination.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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, 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.

9. Disclaimer of Warranties. The Website is provided “as is”.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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 A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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.

10. Limitation of Liability.  In no event will A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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 or 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 A & M Expeditions, LLC, under this agreement during the twelve (12) month period prior to the cause of action.  A & M Expeditions, LLC, shall have no liability for any failure or delay due to matters beyond their reasonable control.  Your use of the Website, and any websites that A & M Expeditions, LLC, has external links to, are at your own risk, and A & M Expeditions, LLC, accepts no responsibility if damage occurs by someone viewing Montanavacationblog.com, or visits external links unrelated to, but listed on, Montanavacationblog.com.  The foregoing shall not apply to the extent prohibited by applicable law.

11. General Representation and Warranty.  You represent and warrant that (i) your use of the Website will be in strict accordance with the A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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.

12. Indemnification. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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 out of your violation this Agreement.

13. Media Usage.  Any media persons interested in using the writing and content from Montanavacationblog.com, should contact Alex Neill at info@montanavacationblog.com.

14. Miscellaneous. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between A & M Expeditions, LLC, and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and they may only be modified by a written amendment signed by an authorized executive of A & M Expeditions, LLC, or by the posting by A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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 Montana, 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 courts in Flathead County, Montana, and federal courts located in Missoula County, Montana.  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 Whitefish, Montana, 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; A & M Expeditions, LLC, 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.


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