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Welcome to the Web site of M.E. Sharpe, Publisher. The goal of this Web site is to provide to the largest group of people possible access to a broad range of quality information about our publications and services. To insure a safe, non-offensive environment for all of our users, we have established these Terms of Use. This document describes what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you. By accessing any area of the M.E. Sharpe Web site (areas residing on the mesharpe.com and sharpe-etext.com domains), users ("Users," "you”) agree to be legally bound and to abide by these Terms of Use. 1. TRADEMARKS The trademarks, logos and service marks ("Marks") displayed on the M.E. Sharpe Web site are the property of M.E. Sharpe, Publisher and other parties. All rights are reserved. 2. CONTENT 1. Proprietary Rights User acknowledges that the M.E. Sharpe Web site contains information, data, software, photographs, graphs, videos, typefaces, graphics, music, sounds, and other material (collectively "Content") that are protected by copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, or other proprietary rights, and that these rights are valid and protected in all forms, media and technologies existing now or hereinafter developed. All Content is copyrighted where applicable as a collective work under the U.S. copyright laws, and M.E. Sharpe owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement, and enhancement of such Content. Users may not modify, remove, delete, augment, add to, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, except as expressly permitted by the Publisher or otherwise stated herein. If no specific restrictions are displayed, Users may make copies of select portions of the Content, provided that the copies are made only for User's personal use and that User maintains any notices contained in the Content, such as all copyright notices, trademark legends, or other proprietary rights notices. Except as provided in the preceding sentences or as permitted by the fair use privilege under the U.S. copyright laws (see e.g., 17 U.S.C. Section 107), Users may not upload, post, reproduce, or distribute in any way Content protected by copyright, or other proprietary right, without obtaining permission of the owner of the copyright or other propriety right. In addition to the foregoing, use of any software Content shall be governed by the software license agreement accompanying such software. 2. Third-Party Content Neither M.E. Sharpe nor its affiliates, nor any of their officers, directors, employees, or agents, nor any third party, including any Provider, or any other User of the M.E. Sharpe Web site, guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any Content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. Under no circumstances shall M.E. Sharpe, or its affiliates, or any of their officers, directors, employees, or agents be liable for any loss, damage or harm caused by a User's reliance on information obtained through the M.E. Sharpe Web site or through communications with its employees. It is the responsibility of User to evaluate the information, opinion, advice, or other Content available through the Publisher's Web site. 3. ONLINE CONDUCT Access to and use of password protected and/or secure areas of the M.E. Sharpe Web site is restricted to authorized Users only. Unauthorized individuals attempting to access these areas of the M.E. Sharpe Web site may be subject to prosecution. M.E. Sharpe reserves the right to prohibit conduct, communication, or Content that it deems in its sole discretion to be harmful to individual Users, M.E. Sharpe as a whole or in part, or any rights of M.E. Sharpe or any third party, or to violate any applicable law. Notwithstanding the foregoing, neither M.E. Sharpe nor its Providers can ensure prompt removal of questionable Content after online posting. Accordingly, neither M.E. Sharpe, nor its affiliates, nor any of their officers, directors, employees, or agents, nor Providers shall assume liability for any action or inaction with respect to conduct, communication, or Content on the M.E. Sharpe Web site. 4. PRIVACY POLICY In accordance with the terms of M.E. Sharpe's Web site Privacy Policy, M.E. Sharpe respects the privacy of its Users. 5. DISCLAIMERS AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY ALL CONTENT, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES ON THE M.E. SHARPE WEB SITE, OR OBTAINED FROM A WEBSITE TO WHICH M.E. Sharpe WEB SITE IS LINKED (A "LINKED SITE"), ARE PROVIDED TO YOU ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, SECURITY OR ACCURACY. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USER TO EVALUATE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS OR USEFULNESS OF ANY OPINION, ADVICE OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE M.E. SHARPE SITE. YOU AGREE THAT M.E. SHARPE, ITS AFFILIATES AND ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, OR AGENTS WILL NOT BE LIABLE, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS, COST OF PROCURING SUBSTITUTE SERVICE OR LOST OPPORTUNITY) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE M.E. SHARPE WEB SITE OR A LINKED SITE, OR WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE M.E. SHARPE WEB SITE OR A LINKED SITE, EVEN IF M.E. SHARPE IS MADE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS LIMITATION ON LIABILITY INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, THE TRANSMISSION OF ANY VIRUSES WHICH MAY INFECT A USER'S EQUIPMENT, FAILURE OF MECHANICAL OR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT OR COMMUNICATION LINES, TELEPHONE OR OTHER INTERCONNECT PROBLEMS (e.g., YOU CANNOT ACCESS YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER), UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, THEFT, OPERATOR ERRORS, STRIKES OR OTHER L! ABOR PROBLEMS OR ANY FORCE MAJEURE EVENT. M.E. SHARPE CANNOT AND DOES NOT GUARANTEE CONTINUOUS, UNINTERRUPTED OR SECURE ACCESS TO THE M.E. SHARPE WEB SITE. THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF SERVICES PUBLISHED OR MADE AVAILABLE ON THE M.E. SHARPE WEB SITE OR A LINKED SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS, AND M.E. SHARPE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR SUCH INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY MADE TO THE INFORMATION ON THE M.E. SHARPE WEB SITE AND LINKED SITES. M.E> SHARPE MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS OR CHANGES TO THE M.E.SHARPE WEB SITE AT ANY TIME. M.E. SHARPE HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL OUR INDIRECT DAMAGES, IN CONNECTION WITH THE GOODS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY ANY M.E. SHARPE WEB SITE THIRD-PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS, MERCHANTS, SPONSORS, LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY, "PROVIDERS"), INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LIABILITY FOR ANY ACT, ERROR, OMISSION, INJURY, LOSS, ACCIDENT, DELAY OR IRREGULARITY WHICH MAY BE INCURRED THROUGH THE FAULT, NEGLIGENT OR OTHERWISE, OF SUCH CARRIER OR SUPPLIER AND YOU HEREBY EXONERATE M.E. SHARPE FROM ANY LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE SAME. Because some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages, in such states liability is limited to the fullest extent permitted by law. 6. TERMINATION OF USAGE M.E. Sharpe may terminate User's access, or suspend any User's access to all or part of the M.E. Sharpe Web site, without notice, for any conduct that M.E. Sharpe, in its sole discretion, believes is in violation of any applicable law or is harmful to the interests of another User, a third-party Provider or M.E. Sharpe. M.E. Sharpe reserves the right to seek all remedies available at law and in equity for violations of these Terms of Use. 7. SEVERABILITY The provisions of these Terms of Use are intended to be severable. If for any reason any provision of these Terms of Use shall be held invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part in any jurisdiction, such provision shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability without in any manner affecting the validity or enforceability thereof in any other jurisdiction or the remaining provisions hereof in any jurisdiction. 8. CHANGES TO TERMS OF USE M.E. Sharpe reserves the right to revise these Terms of Use at any time and Users are deemed to be apprised of and bound by any changes to these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use were last modified on September 2, 2009.