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WELCOME TO FAMILYHANDYMAN.COM (THE "WEBSITE"), OPERATED BY HOME SERVICE PUBLICATIONS, INC. (THE “COMPANY”). PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE ("TERMS OF USE") CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE WEBSITE. BY VIEWING, ACCESSING OR OTHERWISE USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS IN THESE TERMS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS OF USE, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.

We reserve the right in our sole discretion to change, modify, add or delete portions of these Terms of Use at any time. We will provide notice of such changes only by posting the updated notice on our Website and changing the "last updated" date listed above. Your continued use of or access of this Website following the posting of its changes or modifications will constitute your acceptance of such changes or modifications. Therefore, you should frequently review the Terms of Use and applicable policies from time to time to understand the terms and conditions that apply to your use of the Website. If you do not agree to the amended terms, you must stop using the Website. We encourage you to review our Terms of Use each time you visit our Website to see if it has been updated since your last visit.

These Terms of Use apply exclusively to your access to, and use of, this Website and does not alter in any way the terms or conditions of any other agreement you may have with The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. or any of its affiliates (other than Company with respect to this Website), for products, services or otherwise.

Eligibility
This Website is intended solely for users who are 13 years of age or older, and any use of or access to the Website by anyone under 13 is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of these Terms of Use. By using the Website, you represent and warrant that you are thirteen or older and that you agree to abide by all of these terms and conditions.

Privacy Policy
Users of this Website should refer to FamilyHandyman.com's Privacy Policy, available for viewing here, before providing any information to find out how FamilyHandyman.com collects uses and discloses personal information from its users.

User Conduct and Materials
This Website may include discussion forums or other interactive areas, including, but not limited to, bulletin boards, chat rooms, forums and project storage and exchange areas (the "Interactive Areas"). All such Interactive Areas shall be used only for non-commercial purposes. You are solely liable for any material you upload or transmit to, and your use of, such Interactive Areas of this Website. You agree not to do any of the following on or through the Website:

  1. Upload, post, email, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish or make available any project, message, information, text, image, photo or other material ("User Material") that we deem to be unlawful, harmful, libelous, tortious, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, indecent, lewd, harassing, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, abusive, inflammatory, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
  2. Upload, post, email, transmit distribute or otherwise publish or make available any User Material that would constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party, or that would otherwise create liability or violate any local, state, national or international law, including, without limitation, the regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, any rules of any securities exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange, the American Stock Exchange, or the NASDAQ;
  3. Upload, post, email, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish or make available any User Material that may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party;
  4. Impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  5. Without Company’s written permission, distribute, publish, or make available any unsolicited or unauthorized promotions, commercial messages, advertising or solicitations for funds, goods or services, including junk mail, spam, chain letters and using our Email-a-Friend or any similar service to send any unwanted messages;
  6. Harm minors in any way;
  7. Upload, post, email, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish or make available any User Material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
  8. Upload, post, email, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish, make available or disclose the private or personal information of any third party; or
  9. Upload, post, email, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish or make available any User Material that, in the sole judgment of Company, is objectionable or which restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Interactive Areas or the Website, or which may expose Company or its users to any harm or liability of any type.

Company takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any User Material posted, stored or uploaded by you or any third party, or for any loss or damage thereto, nor is Company liable for any mistakes, defamation, slander, libel, omissions, falsehoods, obscenity, pornography or profanity you may encounter. Your use of Interactive Areas is at your own risk. As a provider of interactive services, Company is not liable for any statements, representations or User Material provided by its users in any public forum, personal home page or other Interactive Area.

You acknowledge that any User Material you post to the Website shall not be deemed confidential, even if it is posted to a private portion of the Website. If you post User Material to the Website, unless we indicate otherwise, you grant Company and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such User Material throughout the world in any media. You grant Company and its affiliates and sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose. You represent and warrant that (a) you own and control all of the rights to the User Material that you post or you otherwise have the right to post such User Material to the Website; (b) the User Material is accurate and not misleading; and (c) use and posting of the User Material you supply does not violate these Terms of Use and will not violate any rights of or cause injury to any person or entity.

Proprietary Rights
I. Copyrights; Limited License

  • All Website materials, including, without limitation, the name and logo “THE FAMILY HANDYMAN” (and derivatives thereof), and all designs, text, graphics, pictures, recipes, information, data, software, sound files, messages, and other files and materials on the Website, and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, "Content") are the copyright and proprietary property of Company or its affiliates, users or licensors. You are granted a limited, non-sublicensable license to access and use the Website and may electronically copy and print to hard copy portions of this Website for the sole purpose of using materials it contains for informational and non-commercial, personal use only, provided that you keep all copyright or other proprietary notices intact. Any other use of Content, including any commercial use, reproduction for purposes other than described above, modification, distribution, republication, display, or performance, without the prior written permission of Company is strictly prohibited. This license is subject to these Terms of Use and does not include the right to (a) modify or otherwise make any derivative uses of the Website and the Content, or any portion thereof or to use any data mining, robots or similar data gathering or extraction methods (b) use the Website or the Content other than for its intended purpose. Any use of the Website or Content other than as specifically authorized herein, without the prior written permission of Company, is strictly prohibited and will terminate the license granted herein. Such unauthorized use may also violate applicable laws including without limitation copyright and trademark laws. This license is revocable at any time.

II. Trademarks

  • All trademarks, registered trademarks, product names and company names or logos mentioned on the Website are the property of Company (including its affiliates) or their respective owners and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of Company or their respective owners. In addition, all page headers, custom graphics, button icons, and scripts are service marks, trademarks, and/or trade dress of Company, and may not be copied, imitated, or used, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of Company. Company and its affiliates may have other patents, patent applications, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights covering subject matter in any web pages, and any software that are part of the Website. Unless we have granted you licenses to our intellectual property these Terms of Use, our providing you with such web pages or any software does not give you any license to our intellectual property. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

Hyperlinks
You are granted a limited, nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to any page of this Website, provided such link does not portray Company or any of its products and services in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise defamatory manner. This limited right may be revoked at any time. You may not use, frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any  trademark, logo or other proprietary information of Company and its affiliates, including the images found at this Website, the content of any text or the layout/design of any page or form contained on any page of the Website, without Company's express written consent. Except as noted above, you are not conveyed any right or license, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, in or under any patent, trademark, copyright or proprietary right of Company (including its affiliates) or any third party.

Third-Party Content & Services
Company may provide third party content on the Website and may provide hyperlinks to sites and content of third parties (collectively the "Third-Party Content") as a service to those interested in this information. Company does not monitor nor does Company have control over any Third-Party Content. Company does not endorse or adopt any Third-Party Content and can make no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness. Company does not warrant the accuracy of any information contained on, and undertakes no responsibility to update or review, any Third-Party Content. Users use these hyperlinks and Third- Party Content contained therein at their own risk.

Advertisements and Promotions; Third-Party Products and Services
Company may run advertisements and promotions from third parties on the Website or may otherwise provide information about or links to third-party products or services on the Website. Your business dealings or correspondence with, or participation in promotions of, such third parties, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings or promotions, are solely between you and such third party. Company is not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or promotions or as the result of the presence of such non-Company advertisers or third party information on the Website.

Submissions
By submitting any recipe, review, photograph, joke, image, "favorites" list, story, comments, feedback, postcards, suggestions, ideas, notes, drawings, concepts and other information, content or material, or other item (each, a "Submitted Item") to Company, either online or offline, or in connection with a contest entry or, and whether or not solicited by Company, you hereby acknowledge that such Submitted Item is not confidential and you hereby grant to Company an irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, fully sublicensable, right and license to use, display, publicly perform, modify, reproduce, publish, distribute, modify, adapt, make derivative works of, sublicense and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit your Submitted Items and all copyright, trade secret, trademark or other intellectual property rights therein, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed (including but not limited to print, film or electronic storage devices), without compensation of any kind to you or any third party.

You hereby represent and warrant that (a) you have all necessary right, power and authority to grant the license set forth herein to your Submitted Item, and (b) your Submitted Item, and its use by Company as contemplated herein, does not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trade secret, trademark or other intellectual property right of any third party. You will take, at Company's expense, any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by Company to effect, perfect and confirm the license granted to Company to your Submitted Item as set forth herein.

Publication or use of any Submitted Items is at the sole discretion of Company and Company is under no obligation to publish or use any Submitted Item. If your Submitted Item is published, used and/or posted on the Website or otherwise used by Company, we may include your name in conjunction with such publication, posting or use. By submitting a Submitted Item, you hereby grant Company the right to use your name in connection with the publication, use or posting or other use of your Submitted Item. You must include your full name and email address with your Submitted Item so that we can contact you if we have any questions about your Submitted Item; however, only your name (and not your email address) may be published with your Submitted Item.

Disclaimer
THIS WEBSITE AND THE CONTENT AVAILABLE ON IT AND ANY SERVICES PROVIDED ON OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND YOU AGREE THAT USE OF THIS WEBSITE AND/OR ITS CONTENT IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. COMPANY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE ACCURATE, COMPLETE, RELIABLE, CURRENT, OR ERROR-FREE. COMPANY DOES NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE OR ITS SERVER(S) ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE AND CONTENT IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

Company reserves the right to change any and all Content contained on this Website at any time without notice. Reference to any products, services, processes or other information, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, supplier or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by Company.

Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL COMPANY OR ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF PROFITS OR LOSS OF DATA, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THIS WEBSITE OR THE CONTENT OR SERVICES CONTAINED ON, OR ACCESSED THROUGH, THIS WEBSITE, EVEN IF COMPANY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so some of the above may not apply to you.

Indemnification
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Company and its affiliates, officers, directors, agents, suppliers and licensors from and against any and all claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising from or related to your use of the Website or any User Materials or Submitted Items you provide, or from your conduct, your violation of these Terms of Use or your violation of the rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, any claim by a third party that any Materials or Submitted Items infringe or violate such third party's rights or interests.

Screening, Removal and Disclosure
Although Company has no obligation to screen, edit or monitor any of the User Material posted in any Interactive Area, Company reserves the right to, at our sole discretion, monitor, screen, remove, take down, edit, move, destroy or delete any User Material and Submitted Items at any time and for any reason or no reason without notice, including, but not limited to User Material and Submissions, that we deem inappropriate or which we believe may subject us to any liability. You are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing any User Material you post or store on the Website at your sole cost and expense. We may access, use and disclose transaction information about your use of our Website, and any Material and Submissions transmitted by you via or in connection with our Website, to the extent permitted by law, in order to comply with the law (e.g., a lawful subpoena); to initiate, render, bill and collect for our products and services; to protect our rights or property, or to protect users of our Website from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful use of our Website. INDIRECT OR ATTEMPTED VIOLATIONS OF THIS NOTICE OR ANY RELATED POLICY, GUIDELINE OR AGREEMENT, AND ACTUAL OR ATTEMPTED VIOLATIONS BY A THIRD PARTY ON YOUR BEHALF, SHALL BE CONSIDERED VIOLATIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT BY YOU.

Applicable Law
These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin, without regard to its choice of law principles to the contrary. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms and conditions shall be filed only in the state and federal courts residing the State of Wisconsin, and you hereby irrevocably and unconditionally consent and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of these Terms of Use.

Termination
Company reserves the right, without notice and in its sole discretion at any time, to terminate your license to use this Website, to block or prevent future access to and use of this Website, and to remove and discard any User Material and Submitted Item. Company also reserves the right, at any time in its sole discretion, and without notice, to discontinue the Website or any features or services available through the Website. You are solely responsible for creating backup copies of and replacing any User Material you post or store on the Website at your sole cost and expense.

Severability
If any provision of these Terms of Use shall be deemed unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

DMCA Notice
You agree that you will not upload or transmit any communications or content of any type that infringe or violate any rights of any party. It is the policy of Company not to permit materials known by Company to be infringing to remain on the Website. You should notify Company promptly if you believe any materials on the Website, including advertisements, or materials available on or through links, frames, indexes and directories linked to this Website, infringe a third party copyright. Upon Company receipt of a proper notice of claimed infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the "DMCA"), Company will respond expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material claimed to be infringing and will follow the procedures specified in the DMCA to resolve the claim between the notifying party and the alleged infringer who provided the content at issue.

Please contact the representative listed at the bottom of this section for copyright infringement notices only. If you have a question about your Company account, a general question, or any other Customer Service inquiry, please visit us at TermsandConditions@FamilyHandyman.com.

To provide notice of claimed copyright infringement only:

The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
44 South Broadway, 18th Floor
White Plains, New York 10601
attn: Beth Clerc
beth_clerc@rd.com
telephone : (914) 244-5620
fax: (914) 244-5644
It is the policy of Company to terminate its contractual relationships regarding content with third parties who repeatedly infringe the copyrights of others.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about this legal notice, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please e-mail us at TermsandConditions@FamilyHandyman.com.

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