Website Terms of Use

Last updated: December 3, 2012

These Terms of Use govern the use of the Website (as defined below) provided by LazyTruth, a project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Civic Media (“LazyTruth”). Please read the following Terms carefully. By accessing content on this Website you are consenting to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree, do not access the Website.

Definitions

The following terms are understood to have these meanings:

Applet – the executable code currently provided by LazyTruth through the Google Chrome Web Store, available at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lazytruth/cldfekpopdobkddjkgbmbfhahllhagif.

LazyTruth Trademarks – the trade names, trademarks, logos, and other distinctive brand features of LazyTruth and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Terms of Use or Terms – the agreement embodied herein.

Website – the webpages and related content operated by LazyTruth in connection with the Applet, currently located at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lazytruth/cldfekpopdobkddjkgbmbfhahllhagif, including any future web-based materials created by LazyTruth at other domains.

Only Lawful, Personal, Non-Commercial Use of the Website is Permitted

The Website is for your own personal, non-commercial use only. You may only use the Website as permitted by law, including applicable export control laws and regulations. LazyTruth reserves the right to disable access to the Website at any time, for any reason.

The Website also provides access to the LazyTruth’s Applet. Use of the Applet is governed by the Applet end-user license agreement, available at [URL]. Nothing in these Terms limits the terms of the Applet’s end-user license agreement.

Must be at Least Thirteen (With Parent Supervision) or Eighteen Years Old

Children under 13 may not use the Website, and parents or guardians may not agree to these Terms on their behalf. If LazyTruth becomes aware that a child under 13 has provided or attempted to provide it with personal information, LazyTruth will use its best efforts to remove the information permanently from any files.

If you are under the age of 18 but at least 13 years of age, you may use the Website only under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound by these Terms. If you are a parent or legal guardian agreeing to these Terms for the benefit of a child between the ages of 13 and 18, please be advised that you are fully responsible for his or her use of the Website.

Review LazyTruth’s Privacy Policy

Information about how LazyTruth handles data gathered through operation of its Website and Applet can be found in LazyTruth’s Privacy Policy, at http://www.lazytruth.com/?page_id=170, which is incorporated in these Terms by reference. Your use of the Website signifies your continuing consent to this Privacy Policy, and any data LazyTruth obtains will be subject to the Privacy Policy.

LazyTruth May Make Changes to the Website and Terms of Use, So Check Back Periodically

LazyTruth may change these Terms of Use at any time. You are responsible for checking these terms periodically for changes. You can review the most current version by visiting http://www.lazytruth.com/?page_id=169 or clicking the “Terms of Use” hyperlink at the bottom of Website pages. If you continue to use the Website after LazyTruth posts such changes, you are signifying your acceptance of these new terms.

LazyTruth may change or discontinue the Website or any support, service, function, or feature thereof, at any time with or without notice.

No Other Right to Use LazyTruth Intellectual Property

Except to the extent provided above, nothing in this Agreement gives you the right to use any content created by or for LazyTruth in connection with this Website, including the underlying website source code and LazyTruth Trademarks, except as otherwise provided by state and federal law.

LazyTruth Does Not Control Third-Party Sites or Material

In the course of operation of the Website and Applet, LazyTruth will hyperlink to websites operated by third-party organizations providing fact-checking information and resources (“Partners”). While LazyTruth has chosen its Partners with an aim toward providing reliable information, these Partners are independent information content providers. LazyTruth has no involvement with the development of Partners’ materials. LazyTruth makes no guarantees, promises, or warranties as to the availability, accuracy, completeness, or reliability of information provided on Partners’ websites. Use of Partners’ websites is governed by separate terms of use located on the Partners’ sites.

By using this Website, You agree not to hold LazyTruth responsible for information contained on Partners’ websites, or any other third-party website.

Warranty

YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK AND THAT TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE,” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE

YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER DEVICE OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM USE OF THE WEBSITE.

International Use

LazyTruth makes no representation that the content on this Website is appropriate or available for use outside of the United States. If you choose to access this Website from outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with any local laws.

Miscellaneous

If any term, condition, or provision of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid, unlawful, or unenforceable to any extent, such invalid term, condition, or provision will be severed from the remaining terms, which will remain in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law.

These Terms of Use will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and controlling United States federal law. No choice of law rules of any jurisdiction will apply. Exclusive jurisdiction and venue for any claim regarding this Agreement or its subject matter will lie in the state and federal courts located in Massachusetts.

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and LazyTruth relating to the use of the Website, superseding all prior or contemporaneous oral or written communications between you and LazyTruth and those working on LazyTruth’s behalf.