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Terms of Use

Last updated 8/10/2008

Please read the following terms and conditions relating to your use of this site.

By using this site, you are deemed to have agreed to all terms and conditions of use as stated in these Terms of Use. We reserve the right to modify the Terms of Use at any time, without prior notice. You should check these Terms of Use periodically for changes. By using this site after we post any changes to the Terms of Use, you agree to accept those changes, whether or not you have reviewed them. If at any time you choose not to accept the terms and conditions of use stated herein, please do not use this Site nor any related services.

Scope of Terms of Use

These Terms of Use apply to your use of all the sites owned or operated by Tynes Industries, including www.mastercomposter.com, www.mastercomposters.com, and any sites we have owned, operated, or hosted in the past, do own and operate, or may own and operate in the future. These Terms of Use also apply to any services used in conjunction with, and as a part of our sites including, but not limited to, Message Board, Polls, and Surveys, Notification List, NetLinks, blog, unless otherwise specified. Unless specifically stated, all references to the "Site" in these Terms of Use include all such sites and services. The Terms of Use do not apply to your use of unaffiliated sites to which the Site only links.

Site Contents

Inclusion in our list of advertisers, links or sources does not constitute an endorsement or approval.

Composting is an art as well as science. In compiling information for this Site, we present common knowledge about composting as it exists today as well as our own experiences. However, environments and conditions vary from place to place. What is appropriate in one case may not be appropriate in another. In all instances, use your own judgement and research when deciding what methods and decisions are best for you in your environment.

Restrictions of Use of Materials

The contents of our Site are protected by copyright and trademark laws, and are the property of their owners. Unless we state otherwise in writing, you may access the materials located within the Site only for your personal use. This means you may download one copy of posted materials on a single computer for personal, noncommercial home use only, so long as you neither change nor delete any author attribution, trademark, legend or copyright notice. When you download copyrighted material you do not obtain any ownership rights in that material.

You may not modify, copy, publish, display, transmit, adapt or in any way exploit the content of the Site. Only if you obtain prior written consent from us and from all other entities with an interest in the relevant intellectual property may you publish, display or commercially exploit any material from the Site.

You must abide by all additional copyright notices or other restrictions contained in the Site.

Minors, i.e., people under the age of eighteen years

Minors, i.e., people under the age of eighteen years, may use the Site only under parental supervision where parents or legal guardians take full responsibility to see that these Terms of Use are followed. Minors must not submit any personal information to the Site.

Passwords and Use of Password-Protected Area

A username and password will be issued at our discretion to individuals per the current terms stated on the Site. This username/password combination allows the user and his or her immediate family members living in his or her household to access the Password-Protected Area of the Site while the username is active and current. These are the only parties that may use the user's password to access the Password-Protected Area. We do not issue passwords to groups or organizations, only individuals.

Passwords must be kept confidential; the user is responsible for keeping his or her assigned password confidential. You are not to share your password with anyone other than immediate family members living within your household.

If non-authorized use of the Site occurs through a user's password, we will, at our discretion, withdraw from that user all access to the Password-Protected Area of the Site, and may also withdraw access to entire Site and/or other services related to the Site.

Privacy Policy

This section states the Privacy Policy for www.mastercomposter.com, for page addresses which begin with "www.mastercomposter.com" or "www.mastercomposters.com". This site links to other sites and uses services provided by other sites. Those page addresses do not begin with "www.mastercomposter.com" or "www.mastercomposters.com" and are governed by their respective Privacy Policies. Please check the address displayed in your browser to determine on which site a page resides.

We do NOT sell or give away our email or snail mail mailing lists. We do not give out contact information of people who email us unless requested, for example, sometimes people request that they be put in touch with a specified type of resource. In cases where such a request has been made, we may pass the requestor's information on to a resource we believe fits their needs.

Our email forms report the sender's IP address and browser type to us.

For pages on other sites and services:
Pages with addresses beginning with something other than "www.mastercomposter.com" or "www.mastercomposters.com", such as the message board, NetLinks, surveys, blog, etc. are governed by the privacy policy of the services which host those specific pages. See the home page of the service for the location of their privacy policy. Example: The message board provides to us the IP address of the user who has posted a message to enable banning of those who leave spam, pornographic material, etc. It also leaves cookies in order to tell you which messages have already been read, etc.

Questions may be directed to
Mary Tynes
www.mastercomposter.com
3941 Legacy Drive, Suite 204-197-B
Plano, TX 75023.

Relationship to Local Composting Programs

www.mastercomposter.com™ is a division of Tynes Industries™. Mary Tynes, Web Site Editor for www.mastercomposter.com™, received Master Composter and Master Composter Instructor certificates from the State of Texas, USA. There is no ongoing legal connection between www.mastercomposter.com and any of the various programs in the United States which use the phrase "Master Composter" in their title.

Advertisers

This Site accepts or has accepted paid advertising for the Online Stores section and other ads. This Site is participating or has in the past participated in affiliate advertising programs. With regard to all advertising, also including affiliate links, Tynes Industries™ makes no guarantees regarding such information, including as to the accuracy, currency, content or quality of any such information.

A listing or mention of an external business or individual on this web site does NOT indicate an endorsement by Tynes Industries™. Web site visitors who choose to do business with any external business or individual do so at their own risk.

Some of the services used by the Site, including but not limited to Message Board, NetLinks, and Surveys, display on their pages commercial ads over which Tynes Industries™ has absolutely no control. We cannot, therefore, make any guarantees regarding those ads. However, we do not knowingly use services whose ads are inappropriate for our audience. If you should see an offensive ad on one of our services, please let us know immediately.

Forums and Email

A "forum" means any Message Board, Chat Room, Survey, Blog or other interactive service appearing on or in conjunction with the Site. Be aware that information on the forums is informal communication about ideas and opinions which may or may not be correct. Neither Tynes Industries, nor the individual submitter nor the organization(s) with which the submitter is associated take any responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or truthfulness of the information posted on the forums. We have no way of checking if submitters are who they claim to be nor if they have the credentials they claim to have. We are not responsible for screening materials posted to forums for accuracy nor offensiveness nor for any other reason.

Tynes Industries is not responsible for and will have no liability in connection with any forum content posted or uploaded to forums by you or other users. Tynes Industries does not specifically monitor, ensure or confirm accuracy of, or provide input or support for these forums. Rather, Tynes Industries sponsors these forums as a venue for Tynes Industries customers, site visitors, and other third parties to participate in the exchange of ideas and expertise. All such information is provided on a voluntary basis. Without limiting the foregoing, Tynes Industries has and shall have no liability regarding the accuracy of such forum content, and you use such forum content entirely at your own risk. Tynes Industries does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any forum and, therefore, Tynes Industries specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Site, including its forums and other services, and any actions resulting from your participation in any of the foregoing.

Use of any or all forums constitutes acceptance of the terms in these Terms of Use. Participants in any or all forums are forbidden to spam, engage in disruptive behavior, or use profanity or other offensive language or material. Any materials which fall into the following categories are also forbidden: abusive, untrue or misleading, vulgar, threatening, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, contains viruses or harmful components, invasive of personal privacy, hatred or harm against any group or individual, infringes another's rights,violates intellectual or other property rights, or violates any law. Participants must not present misleading or false information about Tynes Industries, its members, agents, employees or representatives and/or any related products or services. When we find such material, we reserve the right to delete or edit the material and we reserve the right to deny access to the web site and all of its services (at our sole discretion) to anyone who has posted such material. If the offender is a user who has been issued a password, access to the Password-Protected Area of the web site will also be denied. Access may be denied by measures which may include invalidating an existing password and/or blocking the IP address of the offender. An IP block will likely also block other users who are accessing the Internet from the same IP address. www.mastercomposter.com™ is not liable for conduct or content submitted by visitors to the site including any libelous or unlawful material.

Tynes Industries does not generally edit or monitor content posted by participants. However, Tynes Industries retains the right, at its sole discretion, to limit participants' access to forums and to remove material that, in our sole judgment, does not comply with these Terms of Use, or that is otherwise inappropriate for the forums, harmful, objectionable, or inaccurate. Tynes Industries is not responsible for any failure or delay in removing such material. Tynes Industries may take any action we deem necessary in our sole judgment to support the Site, forums, and Terms of Use. Such actions may include editing or deleting material and banning individual participants.

We reserve the sole right to edit, rephrase, combine and summarize forum submissions, as well as email sent to our contact email addresses or through use of our email Forms, at our discretion for use on the Site and in other publications. By posting on the Site or emailing to our contact email addresses, or contacting us through use of our email Forms, you grant (or warrant that the owner of such rights has expressly granted) Tynes Industries™ perpetual, nonexclusive right to use your questions, comments, postings, or any other submitted material in their original or edited form, in books, articles, newsletters, internet, or in any other medium now known or later developed. You also warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content you have posted and that the public posting and use of such content by us will not infringe the rights of any third party. You are not entitled to any compensation for any materials you may post on the Site or send to us by use of our contact email address or our email Forms.

Term and Termination

The Site, including all its services, are provided by Tynes Industries as a convenience, but Tynes Industries may modify, alter, suspend, or discontinue any or all of the services or the Site at any time at our sole discretion.

Tynes Industries may suspend or terminate your user password for any reason, including your failure to comply with the Terms of Use. Upon termination of your password for any reason, or upon banning of your IP address, all your access rights to the Site (and those of others originating from your IP address) will immediately cease to exist, and you must promptly discontinue all further use of the Site and related services.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

If you believe your copyrights are being infringed by a Tynes Industries customer or other third party on the forums or through any of our services, please send a Notice of Infringement by a means providing proof of delivery, including signature upon delivery to

Mary Tynes
www.mastercomposter.com
3941 Legacy Drive #204-197-B
Plano, TX 75023-8320

The Notice of Infringement must substantively comply with the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millenniium Copyright Act. A notice of claimed infringement must include the following required items:

  • the physical 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
  • 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 us to locate the material
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit us 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.

Notification from a copyright owner or from a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner that fails to comply substantially with the provisions above shall not be considered as providing actual knowledge or an awareness of facts or circumstances from which infringing activitiy is apparent. Please provide a separate notice of infringement each time you wish to report alleged acts of infringement and send in the manner described above to the address provided.

Further Terms

1. "Tynes Industries™" refers to Tynes Industries™ and all its divisions, including but not limited to www.mastercomposter.com™.

2. Tynes Industries™ disclaims any responsibility for products described on the Site. All product information, including specs, features, availability, is subject to change without notice.

3. Terms of Use: Access to and use of this Internet site and related services ("the Site") is provided subject to these terms and conditions (including all information on Terms of Use page). PLEASE READ THESE TERMS CAREFULLY, BECAUSE USE OF THE SITE AND RELATED SERVICES CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

4. Entrants fully release and hold harmless Tynes Industries™ from any liability arising from promotions, giveaways, or information exchanges.

5. The Site provides a range of information concerning composting, recycling, and related products, including without limitation product descriptions, pricing, and editorial commentary (collectively "Information"). While Tynes Industries™ attempts to provide Information that is useful, Tynes Industries™ cannot possibly insure the accuracy or completeness of all of the Information at all times, and you should not rely on the Information in situations where its inaccuracy would cause you to suffer any significant loss.

6. The Information is provided by Tynes Industries™ "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" and"WITH ALL FAULTS". Tynes Industries™ makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the accuracy, completeness or suitability of the Information, either express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

7. The Information on the site and its related online services are being provided without charge. Accordingly, Tynes Industries™ shall not be liable under any circumstances or under any legal theory for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damages that may be suffered by you or any other user of the site in connection with or as a result of the Information or the products, regardless of how such damages may arise and even if Tynes Industries™ has been previously advised of the possibility of such damages.

8. There are links to third party sites on the Site. Because Tynes Industries™ has no control over such sites and information, Tynes Industries™ makes no guarantees regarding such sites and information, including as to the accuracy, currency, content or quality of any such sites and information. Tynes Industries™ will not knowingly link to sites containing adult-oriented material or generally objectionable material, but can make no claim that surprises will not occur. If such a link is found on this site, the viewer should contact Tynes Industries™ immediately.

9. By accessing this web site, both you and Tynes Industries™ agree that the statutes and laws of the state of Texas, without regard to the conflicts of laws and principles thereof, will apply to all matters relating to the use of this web site. You and Tynes Industries™ also agree and hereby submit to the exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue of the Court of Collin County and venue of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas with respect to such matters. Those who choose to access this site do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

10. The section headings in these Terms of Use are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

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