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Terms and Conditions

1. Acceptance of Terms

PTOS Bulletin Board provides a collection of online resources, (referred to hereafter as "the Service") subject to the following Terms of Use ("Terms"), which may be updated by PTOS Bulletin Board at any time. PTOS Bulletin Board will provide notice of materially significant changes to the Terms by posting notice on the PTOS Bulletin Board site. By using the Service in any way, you are agreeing to comply with these Terms. In addition, when using particular PTOS Bulletin Board services, you agree to abide by any applicable posted guidelines for all PTOS Bulletin Board services, which may change at any time. Should you object to any term or condition of these Terms, any guidelines, or any subsequent modifications thereto or become dissatisfied with PTOS Bulletin Board in any way, your only recourse is to immediately discontinue use of PTOS Bulletin Board.

2. Content

You understand that all postings, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, or other materials ("Content") posted on, transmitted through, or linked from the Service, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. More specifically, you are entirely responsible for all Content that you post, email or otherwise make available via the Service. You understand that PTOS Bulletin Board is not responsible for Content made available through the Service, and that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. Furthermore, the PTOS Bulletin Board site and Content available through the Service may contain links to other websites, which are completely independent of PTOS Bulletin Board. PTOS Bulletin Board makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or authenticity of the information contained in any such site. Your linking to any other websites is at your own risk. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, that you may not rely on said Content, and that under no circumstances will PTOS Bulletin Board be liable in any way for any Content or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed or otherwise made available via the Service. You acknowledge that PTOS Bulletin Board shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse, delete or move any Content that is available via the Service, for violating the letter or spirit of the Terms or for any other reason.

NOTE: PTOS Bulletin Board is not responsible if content posted by a user leads to termination or disciplinary measures at their place of employment.

3. Privacy and Information Disclosure

Your use of the PTOS Bulletin Board website or the Service signifies that you acknowledge and agree that PTOS Bulletin Board may, in its sole discretion, preserve or disclose your Content, as well as your information, such as email addresses, IP addresses, timestamps, and other user information, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: comply with legal process; enforce these Terms; respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; respond to claims that contact information (e.g. phone number, street address) of a third-party has been posted or transmitted without their consent or as a form of harassment; protect the rights, property, or personal safety of PTOS Bulletin Board, its users or the general public.

4. Conduct

You agree not to post, email, or otherwise make available Content:

  • that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, or is harmful to minors in any way;
  • that is pornographic or depicts a human being engaged in actual sexual conduct;
  • that harasses, degrades, intimidates or is hateful toward an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;
  • that impersonates any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a PTOS Bulletin Board employee, or falsely states or otherwise misrepresents your affiliation with a person or entity (this provision does not apply to messages that are lawful non-deceptive parodies of public figures.);
  • that includes personal or identifying information about another person without that person's explicit consent;
  • that is false, deceptive, misleading, deceitful, misinformative, or constitutes "bait and switch";
  • that infringes or discloses any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party, or Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;
  • that constitutes or contains "affiliate marketing," "link referral code," "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or unsolicited commercial advertisement;
  • that constitutes or contains any form of advertising or solicitation if (1) posted in areas of the PTOS Bulletin Board sites which are not designated for such purposes; or (2) emailed to PTOS Bulletin Board users who do not wish to be contacted about other services, products or commercial interests;
  • that includes links to commercial services or web sites, except as allowed in appropriate categories;
  • that advertises any illegal services or the sale of any items the sale of which is prohibited or restricted by applicable law;
  • 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;
  • that disrupts the normal flow of dialogue with an excessive number of messages (flooding attack) to the Service, or that otherwise negatively affects other users' ability to use the Service; or
  • that employs misleading email addresses, or forged headers or otherwise manipulated identifiers in order to disguise the origin of Content transmitted through the Service.

Additionally, you agree not to:

  • contact anyone who has asked not to be contacted;
  • "stalk" or otherwise harass anyone;
  • collect personal data about other users for commercial or unlawful purposes;
  • use automated means, including spiders, robots, crawlers, data mining tools, or the like to download data from the Service - unless expressly permitted by PTOS Bulletin Board;
  • post non-local or otherwise irrelevant Content, repeatedly post the same or similar Content or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
  • post the same item or service in more than one category; or
  • attempt to gain unauthorized access to PTOS Bulletin Board's computer systems or engage in any activity that disrupts, diminishes the quality of, interferes with the performance of, or impairs the functionality of, the Service or the PTOS Bulletin Board website.

5. No Spam Policy

You understand and agree that sending unsolicited email advertisements to PTOS Bulletin Board email addresses or through PTOS Bulletin Board computer systems, which is expressly prohibited by these Terms, will use or cause to be used servers located in Maryland. Any unauthorized use of PTOS Bulletin Board computer systems is a violation of these Terms and certain federal and state laws.  Such violations may subject the sender and his or her agents to civil and criminal penalties.

6. Limitations on service

You acknowledge that PTOS Bulletin Board may establish limits concerning use of the Service, including the maximum number of days that Content will be retained by the Service, the maximum number and size of postings, email messages, or other Content that may be transmitted or stored by the Service, and the frequency with which you post messages to the Service. You agree that PTOS Bulletin Board has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any Content maintained or transmitted by the Service. You acknowledge that PTOS Bulletin Board reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice, and that PTOS Bulletin Board shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any original posting, modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.

7. Access to the Service

PTOS Bulletin Board grants you a limited, revocable, nonexclusive license to access the Service for your own personal use of the Service, and not to download (other than page caching) or modify it, or any portion of it, or any Content made available via the Service (except for your own Content), without the express written consent of PTOS Bulletin Board. This license does not include any collection, aggregation, copying, duplication, display or derivative use of the Service nor any use of data mining, robots, spiders, or similar data gathering and extraction tools for any purpose unless expressly permitted by PTOS Bulletin Board. A limited exception is provided to general purpose internet search engines and non-commercial public archives that use such tools to gather information for the sole purpose of displaying hyperlinks to the Service, provided they each do so from a stable IP address or range of IP addresses using an easily identifiable agent. "General purpose internet search engine" does not include a website or search engine or other service that specializes in classified listings or in any subset of classifieds listings such as jobs, housing, for sale, services, or personals, or which is in the business of providing classified ad listing services.

8. Termination of service

You agree that PTOS Bulletin Board, in its sole discretion, has the right (but not the obligation) to delete or deactivate your account, block your email or IP address, or otherwise terminate your access to or use of the Service (or any part thereof), immediately and without notice, and remove and discard any Content within the Service, for any reason, including, without limitation, if PTOS Bulletin Board believes that you have acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Terms. Further, you agree that PTOS Bulletin Board shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Service. Further, you agree not to attempt to use the Service after said termination.

9. Dealings with organizations and individuals

Your interactions with organizations and/or individuals found on or through the Service, including payment and delivery of goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such organizations and/or individuals. You agree that PTOS Bulletin Board shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings. If there is a dispute between participants on this site, or between users and any third party, you understand and agree that PTOS Bulletin Board is under no obligation to become involved. In the event that you have a dispute with one or more other users, you hereby release PTOS Bulletin Board, its officers, employees, agents and successors in rights from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind or nature, known or unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and / or our service.  You also waive any Code/Law, which says: "A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which, if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor."

10. Proprietary rights

The Service is protected to the maximum extent permitted by copyright laws and international treaties. Content displayed on or through the Service is protected by copyright as a collective work and/or compilation, pursuant to copyrights laws, and international conventions. Any reproduction, modification, creation of derivative works from or redistribution of the site or the collective work, and/or copying or reproducing the sites or any portion thereof to any other server or location for further reproduction or redistribution is prohibited without the express written consent of PTOS Bulletin Board. You further agree not to reproduce, duplicate or copy Content from the Service without the express written consent of PTOS Bulletin Board, and agree to abide by any and all copyright notices displayed on the Service. You may not decompile or disassemble, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to discover any source code contained in the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any aspect of the Service.

Although PTOS Bulletin Board does not claim ownership of content that its users post, by posting Content to any public area of the Service, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to PTOS Bulletin Board an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid, worldwide license to use, copy, perform, display, and distribute said Content and to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, said Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses (through multiple tiers) of the foregoing. Furthermore, by posting Content to any public area of the Service, you automatically grant PTOS Bulletin Board all rights necessary to prohibit any subsequent aggregation, display, copying, duplication, reproduction, or exploitation of the Content on the Service by any party for any purpose.

11. Disclaimer of Warranties

YOU AGREE THAT USE OF THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE AND THE SERVICE IS ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE AND THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" OR "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS ARE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, PTOS BULLETIN BOARD DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES FOR THE SECURITY, RELIABILITY, TIMELINESS, ACCURACY, AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE AND THE SERVICE. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, PTOS BULLETIN BOARD DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES FOR OTHER SERVICES OR GOODS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED ON THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SITES OR SERVICE, OR ACCESSED THROUGH ANY LINKS ON THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, PTOS BULLETIN BOARD DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES FOR VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SERVICE. Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer of implied warranties. In such jurisdictions, some of the foregoing disclaimers may not apply to you insofar as they relate to implied warranties.

12. Limitations of Liability

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL PTOS BULLETIN BOARD BE LIABLE FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (EVEN IF PTOS BULLETIN BOARD HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM ANY ASPECT OF YOUR USE OF THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SERVICE, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARISE FROM USE OR MISUSE OF THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SERVICE, FROM INABILITY TO USE THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SERVICE, OR THE INTERRUPTION, SUSPENSION, MODIFICATION, ALTERATION, OR TERMINATION OF THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SERVICE. SUCH LIMITATION SHALL ALSO APPLY WITH RESPECT TO DAMAGES INCURRED BY REASON OF OTHER SERVICES OR PRODUCTS RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE, AS WELL AS BY REASON OF ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE RECEIVED THROUGH OR ADVERTISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE OR THE SERVICE OR ANY LINKS ON THE PTOS BULLETIN BOARD SITE. THESE LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In some jurisdiction, limitations of liability are not permitted. In such jurisdictions, some of the foregoing limitation may not apply to you.

13. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold PTOS Bulletin Board, its officers, subsidiaries, affiliates, successors, assigns, directors, officers, agents, service providers, suppliers and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney fees and court costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post or make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your violation of the Terms, your breach of any of the representations and warranties herein, or your violation of any rights of another.

14. General information

The Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and PTOS Bulletin Board and govern your use of the Service, superceding any prior agreements between you and PTOS Bulletin Board. The failure of PTOS Bulletin Board to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

15. Violations of Terms

Please report any violations of the Terms by contacting the PTOS Bulletin Board. Our failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not waive our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.