Terms of Use

The Speech Team, Inc. operates speechteam.com, which is a e-learning, social networking, online forum, blog, and e-commerce portal that allows members to create unique personal profiles online in order to find and communicate with old and new friends and colleagues. The services offered by The Speech Team, Inc. include any SpeechTeam-branded URL (the " The Speech Team, Inc. Website"), SpeechForum, SpeechSpace!, SpeechShop, SpeechBlog, e-courses, mobile services, messaging services (including, without limitation, music, photo, video, instant messaging, private messaging, and email services) and any other features, content, or applications offered from time to time by The Speech Team, Inc. in connection with The Speech Team, Inc.’s business (collectively, the "The Speech Team, Inc. Services"). The Speech Team, Inc. Services are hosted in the United States.

This Terms of Use Agreement, as may be modified from time to time, ("Agreement") constitutes legally binding terms and applies to your use of the The Speech Team, Inc. Services. By accessing and/or using The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you agree to be bound by this Agreement, whether you are a "Visitor" (which means that you simply browse The Speech Team, Inc. Services, including, without limitation, through a mobile or other wireless device, or otherwise use The Speech Team, Inc. Services without being registered) or you are a "Member" (which means that you have registered with The Speech Team, Inc.). The term "User" refers to a Visitor or a Member. You are authorized to use The Speech Team, Inc. Services (regardless of whether your access or use is intended) only if you agree to abide by all applicable laws, rules and regulations (“Applicable Law”) and the terms of this Agreement. In addition, in consideration for becoming a Member and/or making use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you must indicate your acceptance of this Agreement during the registration process.

The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to modify this Agreement at any time and from time to time, and each such modification shall be effective upon posting on The Speech Team, Inc. website. All material modifications will apply prospectively only. Your continued use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services following any such modification constitutes your agreement to be bound by and your acceptance of the Agreement as so modified. It is therefore important that you review this Agreement regularly. If you do not agree to be bound by this Agreement and to abide by all Applicable Law, you must discontinue use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services immediately. You may receive a copy of this Agreement by contacting us.

1. Eligibility

Use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services and registration to be a Member for The Speech Team, Inc. Services (“Membership”) is void where prohibited. By using The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you represent and warrant that (a) all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate; (b) you will maintain the accuracy of such information; (c) you are 13 years of age or older; and (d) your use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services does not violate any Applicable Law. Your profile may be deleted and your Membership may be terminated without warning, if we believe that you are less than 13 years of age, if we believe that you are under 18 years of age and you represent yourself as 18 or older, or if we believe you are over 18 and represent yourself as less than 18.

2. Term

This Agreement, and any posted revision to this Agreement, shall remain in full force and effect while you use the The Speech Team, Inc. Services or are a Member. You may terminate your Membership at any time, for any reason, by following contacting us. The Speech Team, Inc. may terminate your Membership at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or explanation, and without liability. Furthermore, The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject, refuse to post or remove any posting (including, without limitation, private messages, emails and instant messages (collectively, “messages”)) by you, or to deny, restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of The Speech Team, Inc. Services at any time, for any or no reason, with or without prior notice or explanation, and without liability. In addition, The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reassign or rename your profile URL. The Speech Team, Inc. expressly reserves the right to remove your profile and/or deny, restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of The Speech Team, Inc. Services if The Speech Team, Inc. determines, in its sole discretion, that you have violated this Agreement or pose a threat to The Speech Team, Inc., its employees, business partners, Users and/or the public. Even after Membership is terminated, this Agreement will remain in effect, including, without limitation, Sections 5-18.

3. Fees

You acknowledge that The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to charge for any portion of The Speech Team, Inc. Services and to change its fees (if any) from time to time in its discretion. If The Speech Team, Inc. terminates your Membership because you have breached the Agreement, you shall not be entitled to the refund of any unused portion of fees or payments (if any).

4. Password

When you sign up to become a Member, you will also be asked to choose a password. You are entirely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password. You agree not to use the account, username, email address or password of another Member at any time or to disclose your password to any third party. You agree to notify The Speech Team, Inc. immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of your account or access to your password. You are solely responsible for any and all use of your account.

5. Use by Members

The Speech Team, Inc. Services are for the personal use of Members and may only be used for direct commercial purposes if they are specifically endorsed or authorized by The Speech Team, Inc. The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to remove commercial content in its sole discretion. Illegal and/or unauthorized use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, including, without limitation, collecting usernames, user id numbers, and/or email addresses of Members by electronic or other means for the purpose of sending unsolicited email or unauthorized framing of or linking to The Speech Team, Inc. Services, or employing third party promotional sites or software to promote profiles for money, is prohibited. Commercial advertisements, affiliate links, and other forms of unauthorized data collection or solicitation may be removed from Member profiles without notice or explanation and may result in termination of Membership privileges. The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to take appropriate legal action, including, without limitation, referral to law enforcement, for any illegal or unauthorized use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services.

6. Proprietary Rights in Content on The Speech Team, Inc. Services

The Speech Team, Inc. does not claim any ownership rights in the text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, applications, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") that you transmit, submit, display or publish (“post”) on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services. After posting your Content on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you continue to retain any such rights that you may have in your Content, subject to the limited license herein. By posting any Content on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you hereby grant to The Speech Team, Inc. a limited license to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content solely on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services, including, without limitation, through The Speech Team, Inc. Services to applications, widgets, websites or mobile, desktop or other services which are linked with your The Speech Team, Inc. Services account (collectively, “Linked Services”), including, without limitation, distributing part or all of The Speech Team, Inc. Services and any Content included therein, in any media formats and through any media channels, except that Content marked “private” will not be distributed by The Speech Team, Inc. outside The Speech Team, Inc. Services and Linked Services. This limited license does not grant The Speech Team, Inc. the right to sell or otherwise distribute your Content outside of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services. After you remove your Content from The Speech Team, Inc. Services we will cease distribution as soon as practicable, and at such time when distribution ceases, the license will terminate. If after we have distributed your Content outside of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you change the Content’s privacy setting to “private,” we will cease distribution of such “private” Content outside of The Speech Team, Inc. Services as soon as practicable after you make the change. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you understand and agree that once Content is distributed to a Linked Service or incorporated into other aspects of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, The Speech Team, Inc. is under no obligation to delete or ask other Users or a Linked Service to delete that Content, and therefore it may continue to appear and be used indefinitely.

The license you grant to The Speech Team, Inc. is non-exclusive (meaning you are free to license your Content to anyone else in addition to The Speech Team, Inc.), fully-paid and royalty-free (meaning that The Speech Team, Inc. is not required to pay you or anyone else deriving rights from you for the use on The Speech Team, Inc. Services of the Content that you post), sublicensable (so that The Speech Team, Inc. is able to use its affiliates, subcontractors and other partners such as Internet content delivery networks and wireless carriers to provide The Speech Team, Inc. Services), and worldwide (because the Internet and The Speech Team, Inc. Services are global in reach).

You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services, or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this Section 6, and (ii) the posting of your Content on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services and/or Linked Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person or entity. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person or entity by reason of the use of any Content posted by you on or through The Speech Team, Inc. Services and/or Linked Services.

The Speech Team, Inc. Services contain Content of SpeechForum ("SpeechForum Content"). SpeechForum Content is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws, and The Speech Team, Inc. owns and retains all rights in the SpeechForum Content and The Speech Team, Inc. Services. SpeechForum hereby grants you a limited, revocable, nonsublicensable license to reproduce and display the SpeechForum Content solely for your personal use in connection with viewing the SpeechForum Website and using The Speech Team, Inc. Services.

The Speech Team, Inc. Services contain Content of Users and other The Speech Team, Inc. Services licensors. Except as provided within this Agreement, you may not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, sell or otherwise use any Content appearing on or through The Speech Team, Inc. Services.

The Speech Team, Inc. performs technical functions necessary to offer The Speech Team, Inc. Services, including, but not limited to, the technical processing and transmission of email communications to perform the email service, and transcoding and/or reformatting Content to allow its use throughout The Speech Team, Inc. Services. In addition, you agree and acknowledge that The Speech Team, Inc. may send messages including, but not limited to, notifications, special offers, promotions, commercial advertisements, and marketing materials, in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services. You can control what type of communications you receive from The Speech Team, Inc. Services by logging into your account and choosing the appropriate notifications settings or by following the unsubscribe instructions contained at the bottom of commercial emails.

The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to limit the storage capacity of Content that you post on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services.

7. Content Posted

Please choose carefully the information that you post on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services and that you provide to other Users. Your The Speech Team, Inc. profile may not include any form of Prohibited Content, as outlined in Section 8 below. Despite this prohibition, information, materials, products or services provided by other The Speech Team, Inc. Members (for instance, in their profiles) or Linked Services may, in whole or in part, be unauthorized, impermissible or otherwise violate this Agreement, and The Speech Team, Inc. assumes no responsibility or liability for this material. If you become aware of misuse of The Speech Team, Inc. Services by any person or Linked Service, please click on the "Contact Us” link on the menu of The Speech Team, Inc. Website pages.

The Speech Team, Inc. may reject, refuse to post or delete any Content for any or no reason, including, but not limited to, Content that in the sole judgment of The Speech Team, Inc. violates this Agreement or which may be offensive, illegal or violate the rights of any person or entity, or harm or threaten the safety of any person or entity. The Speech Team, Inc. assumes no responsibility for monitoring the The Speech Team, Inc. Services for inappropriate Content or conduct. If at any time The Speech Team, Inc. chooses, in its sole discretion, to monitor The Speech Team, Inc. Services, The Speech Team, Inc. nonetheless assumes no responsibility for the Content, no obligation to modify or remove any inappropriate Content, and no responsibility for the conduct of the User submitting any such Content.

You are solely responsible for the Content that you post on, through or in connection with any of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, and any material or information that you transmit to other Members and for your interactions with other Users.

8. Content/Activity Prohibited

The following are examples of the kind of Content that is illegal or prohibited to post on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services. The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in The Speech Team, Inc.’s sole discretion, violates this provision, including, without limitation, removing the offending Content from The Speech Team, Inc. Services, terminating the Membership of such violators and/or reporting such Content or activities to law enforcement authorities. Prohibited Content includes, but is not limited to, Content that, in the sole discretion of The Speech Team, Inc.:

  • is patently offensive or promotes or otherwise incites racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
  • harasses or advocates harassment of another person;
  • exploits people in a sexual or violent manner;
  • solicits or is designed to solicit personal information from anyone under 18;
  • publicly posts information that poses or creates a privacy or security risk to any person;
  • constitutes or promotes information that you know is false or misleading or promotes illegal activities or conduct that is abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory or libelous;
  • constitutes or promotes an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person's copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacturer-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files;
  • involves the transmission of "junk mail," "chain letters," or unsolicited mass mailing, instant messaging, "spimming," or "spamming";
  • contains restricted or password only access pages or hidden pages or images (those not linked to or from another accessible page);
  • furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to, making or buying illegal weapons, violating someone's privacy, or providing or creating computer viruses;
  • solicits or is designed to solicit passwords or personal identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other Users;
  • involves commercial activities and/or sales without prior written consent from The Speech Team,Inc. such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes;
  • includes a photograph or video of another person that you have posted without that person's consent;
  • for band, comedy, filmmaker and other profiles, uses sexually suggestive imagery or any unfair, misleading or deceptive Content intended to draw traffic to the profile; or
  • violates or attempts to violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark rights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.

The following are examples of the kind of activity that is illegal or prohibited on the The Speech Team, Inc. Website and through your use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services. The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action against anyone who, in The Speech Team, Inc.’s sole discretion, violates this provision, including, without limitation, terminating your Membership and/or reporting such activity or Content to law enforcement authorities. Prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to:

  • criminal or tortious activity, including, but not limited to, child pornography, fraud, trafficking in obscene material, drug dealing, gambling, harassment, defamation, stalking, spamming, spimming, sending of viruses or other harmful files, copyright infringement, patent infringement, or theft of trade secrets;
  • advertising to, or solicitation of, any Member to buy or sell any products or services through the unauthorized or impermissible use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services. You may not transmit any chain letters or junk email to other Members. In order to protect our Members from such advertising or solicitation, The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right to restrict the number of emails which a Member may send to other Members in any 24-hour period to a number which The Speech Team, Inc. deems appropriate in its sole discretion. If you breach this Agreement and send or cause to send (directly or indirectly) unsolicited bulk messages, status or mood updates, bulletins or other unauthorized commercial communications of any kind through The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you acknowledge that you will have caused substantial harm to The Speech Team, Inc., but that the amount of such harm would be extremely difficult to ascertain. As a reasonable estimation of such harm, you agree to pay The Speech Team, Inc. $50 for each actual or intended recipient of such unsolicited message, status or mood update, bulletin or other unauthorized commercial communication you send through The Speech Team, Inc. Services;
  • circumventing or modifying, attempting to circumvent or modify, or encouraging or assisting any other person in circumventing or modifying any security technology or software that is part of The Speech Team, Inc. Services;
  • activity that involves the use of viruses, bots, worms, or any other computer code, files or programs that interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware, or otherwise permit the unauthorized use of or access to a computer or a computer network;
  • modifying, copying, distributing, downloading, scraping or transmitting in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, any Content from The Speech Team, Inc. Services other than your Content which you legally post on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services;
  • providing or using “tracking” or monitoring functionality in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services, including, without limitation, to identify other Users’ views, actions or other activities on The Speech Team, Inc. Services;
  • covering or obscuring the banner advertisements and/or safety features (e.g., report abuse button) on your personal profile page, or any The Speech Team, Inc. page via HTML/CSS or any other means;
  • any automated use of the system, such as, but not limited to, using scripts to add friends or send comments, messages, status or mood updates, blogs or bulletins;
  • interfering with, disrupting, or creating an undue burden on The Speech Team, Inc. Services or the networks or services connected to The Speech Team, Inc. Services;
  • impersonating or attempting to impersonate The Speech Team, Inc. or a The Speech Team, Inc. employee, administrator or moderator, another Member, or person or entity (including, without limitation, the use of email addresses associated with or of any of the foregoing);
  • for any webpage containing a The Speech Team, Inc. player, copying the code for the player and embedding it (or directing others to embed it) anywhere;
  • using the account, username, or password of another Member at any time or disclosing your password to any third party or permitting any third party to access your account;
  • selling or otherwise transferring your profile, your email address or URL;
  • using or distributing any information obtained from The Speech Team, Inc. Services in order to harass, abuse, or harm another person or entity, or attempting to do the same;
  • displaying an unauthorized commercial advertisement on your profile, or accepting payment or anything of value from a third person in exchange for your performing any commercial activity through the unauthorized or impermissible use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services on behalf of that person, such as placing commercial content on your profile, links to e-commerce sites not authorized by The Speech Team, Inc., posting status or mood updates, blogs or bulletins with a commercial purpose, selecting a profile with a commercial purpose as one of your top friends, or sending messages with a commercial purpose;
  • relaying email from a third party's mail servers without the permission of that third party;
  • using invalid or forged headers to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted to or through The Speech Team, Inc.’s computer systems, or otherwise misrepresenting yourself or the source of any message or Content;
  • using any automated system, including, but not limited to, scripts or bots in order to harvest email addresses or other data from the The Speech Team, Inc. Website for the purposes of sending unsolicited or unauthorized material;
  • engaging in, either directly or indirectly, or encouraging others to engage in, click-throughs generated through any manner that could be reasonably interpreted as coercive, incentivized, misleading, malicious, or otherwise fraudulent; or
  • using The Speech Team, Inc. Services in a manner inconsistent with any and all Applicable Law.

9. Protecting Copyrights and Other Intellectual Property

The Speech Team, Inc. respects the intellectual property of others, and requires that our users do the same. You may not upload, embed, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that infringes any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights of any person or entity. It is The Speech Team, Inc.’s policy to terminate, in appropriate circumstances, the membership of repeat infringers. If you believe your work has been copied and posted on or through The Speech Team, Inc. Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please send The Speech Team, Inc. a notification of claimed infringement with all of the following information: (a) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works; (b) identification of the claimed infringing material and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material on The Speech Team, Inc. Services (providing the URL(s) of the claimed infringing material satisfies this requirement); (c) information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address; (d) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; (e) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notification is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf; and (f) your physical or electronic signature. The Speech Team, Inc. for notification of claimed infringement can be reached as follows: Copyright Agent, SpeechForum, Inc., 5110 Long Boat Blvd., E., Tampa, FL 33615; Facsimile: (813) 854-3983; Phone: (813) 855-4947; Attn: Copyright Agent.

10. Third Party Linked Services

Linked Services created by third party developers may be available on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services. Linked Services include applications, websites, desktop, wireless, mobile and other services available from third parties which can be installed onto your The Speech Team, Inc. profile or shared with other Users on The Speech Team, Inc. Services or which may link to your The Speech Team, Inc. account from outside of The Speech Team, Inc. Services. Linked Services may use your The Speech Team, Inc. profile information, friends and/or other profile content on the Linked Service and share activity events between The Speech Team, Inc.  Services and the Linked Service (depending on the features the Linked Service chooses to make available). When you engage with a third party Linked Service, you are interacting with the third party, not with The Speech Team, Inc. Services. The Speech Team, Inc. does not control the third party, and cannot dictate their actions. If you choose to use a third party Linked Service, the Linked Service may use and share your data in accordance with the privacy policy of and your privacy settings on such service. In addition, the third party providing the Linked Service may use other parties to provide portions of the application or service to you, such as technology, development or payment services. The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible for and makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the third party Linked Services or the providers of such Linked Services (including, but not limited to, the privacy practices thereof). The Speech Team, Inc. encourages you not to provide any personally identifiable information to any third party Linked Service unless you know and are comfortable with the party with whom you are interacting.

11. Member Disputes

You are solely responsible for your interactions with other The Speech Team, Inc. Services Users, third party developers or any other parties with whom you interact through The Speech Team, Inc. Services and/or Linked Services. The Speech Team, Inc. reserves the right, but has no obligation, to become involved in any way with these disputes.

12. Privacy

This Privacy Policy describes The Speech Team, Inc.'s use and sharing of personally identifiable information (“PII”-- your full name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, or credit card number) that Members voluntarily provide to The Speech Team, Inc. when they register (also known as “Registration PII”). The Term “User” refers to a Visitor or a Member. This Privacy Policy applies to the services offered by The Speech Team, Inc. including any SpeechTeam-branded URL (the " The Speech Team, Inc. Website"), SpeechForum, SpeechSpace!, SpeechShop, SpeechBlog, e-courses, mobile services, messaging services (including, without limitation, music, photo, video, instant messaging, private messaging, and email services) and any other features, content, or applications offered from time to time by The Speech Team, Inc. in connection with The Speech Team, Inc.’s business (collectively, the "The Speech Team, Inc. Services"). The Speech Team, Inc. Services are hosted in the United States.

The Speech Team, Inc. Website is a general audience site and does not knowingly collect PII from children under 13 years of age.

From time to time The Speech Team, Inc. may modify this Privacy Policy to reflect industry initiatives or changes in the law, our PII collection and use practices, the features of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, or technology, and such modifications shall be effective upon posting on The Speech Team, Inc. Website. Your continued use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services after The Speech Team, Inc. posts a revised Privacy Policy signifies your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. It is therefore important that you review this Privacy Policy regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes. If The Speech Team, Inc. materially changes its practices regarding collection or use of your PII, your PII will continue to be governed by the Policy under which it was collected unless you have been provided notice of, and have not objected to, the change.

COLLECTION AND SUBMISSION OF PII AND NON-PII

General. When The Speech Team, Inc. collects PII from you it is because you are voluntarily submitting Registration PII to us in order to register as a Member of The Speech Team, Inc. Services. The Speech Team, Inc. may also collect PII from you if you choose to participate in The Speech Team, Inc. Services activities like sweepstakes, contests, and surveys, because you want us to furnish you with products, services, newsletters, or information, or in connection with content or suggestions you submit to The Speech Team, Inc. for review.

In addition, The Speech Team, Inc. collects other non-PII including IP address, aggregate user data, and browser type. This data is used to manage and improve The Speech Team, Inc. Services, track usage, and for security purposes.

The Speech Team, Inc. Services Members may also choose to provide or store non-PII information in their profiles, including but not limited to date of birth, interests, hobbies, lifestyle choices, groups with whom they are affiliated (schools, companies), videos and/or pictures, private messages, bulletins or personal statements (collectively “Profile Information”). The Profile Information in a Member’s profile is provided at his or her sole discretion.

The Speech Team, Inc. Services Members can change their Registration PII and Profile Information at any time and can control how Visitors, other Members and The Speech Team, Inc. communicate with them by controlling their account settings, available within the “Edit Profile” portion of their The Speech Team, Inc. Services profile.

Cookies. Cookies are small bits of information that The Speech Team, Inc. Services places on your computer. The Speech Team, Inc. Services uses cookies to identify your Internet browser, store Users’ preferences, and determine whether you have installed the enabling software needed to access certain material on The Speech Team, Inc. Services. Data in cookies may be read to authenticate user sessions or provide services.

Third party advertisements displayed on The Speech Team, Inc. Services may also contain cookies set by Internet advertising companies or advertisers (known as “third party cookies”). The Speech Team, Inc. does not control these third party cookies and Users of The Speech Team, Inc. Services should check the privacy policy of the Internet advertising company or advertiser to see whether and how it uses cookies. See the “Notice” section below for more information on customized advertising on The Speech Team, Inc. A pixel tag is a tiny image inserted in a webpage and used to record the number and types of views for that page. The Speech Team, Inc. may allow third party pixel tags to be present on The Speech Team, Inc. Services for purposes of advertising, providing services or data and statistics collection.

You can program your computer to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, block third party cookies or block all cookies. However, by blocking all cookies you may not have access to certain features on The Speech Team, Inc. Services.

When you voluntarily provide PII to The Speech Team, Inc. Services, we will make sure you are informed about who is collecting the information, how and why the information is being collected and the types of uses The Speech Team, Inc. Services will make of the information to the extent it is being used in a manner that differs from what is allowed pursuant to this Privacy Policy.

At the time you provide your PII, The Speech Team, Inc. Services will notify you of your options regarding our use of your PII (See “Choice” below). Except as described in this Privacy Policy, The Speech Team, Inc. Services will not share your PII with third parties unless you have given The Speech Team, Inc. permission to do so (See “Use” below).

The Speech Team, Inc. Services may be linked to Internet sites operated by other companies. The Speech Team, Inc. Services may also carry advertisements from other companies. The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites or other services operated by third parties that are linked to or integrated with The Speech Team, Inc. Services or for the privacy practices of third party Internet advertising companies. Once you leave The Speech Team, Inc. Services via such a link, access a third party application (such as widgets) or click on an advertisement, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third party or advertiser site to determine, among other things, how they will handle any PII they collect from you.

The Speech Team, Inc. Services may also be linked to sites operated by companies affiliated with The Speech Team, Inc. (i.e., that are part of the News America Group: “Affiliated Companies”). Although all Affiliated Companies adhere to the News America corporate Privacy Principles, Users who visit those Affiliated Company sites should still refer to their separate privacy policies and practices, which may differ in some respects from this Privacy Policy.

The Speech Team, Inc. Services may use cookies and similar tools to customize the content and advertising you receive based on the Profile Information you have provided. Profile Information you provide in structured profile fields or questions (multiple choice questions like “Marital Status,” “Education” and “Children”) (“Structured Profile Information”), information you add to open-ended profile fields and questions (essay questions like “About Me”) (“Non-Structured Profile Information”) and other non-PII about you may also be used to customize the online ads you encounter to those we believe are aligned with your interests. For example, based on your music interests we might display an advertisement to make sure you are advised when your favorite band is coming to town. The information used for this feature does not provide your PII or identify you as an individual to third parties.

Some of the advertisements that appear on The Speech Team, Inc. Services may also be delivered to you by third party Internet advertising companies. These companies utilize certain technologies to deliver advertisements and marketing messages and to collect non-PII about your visit to or use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, including information about the ads they display, via a cookie placed on your computer that reads your IP address.

Third party applications (such as widgets) created by third party developers may also be available on The Speech Team, Inc. Services. Third party applications are small bits of software, often with interactivity, that can be installed into Members’ profiles or shared with other Users. However, The Speech Team, Inc. Services does not control the third party developers, and cannot dictate their actions. When a Member engages with a third party application, that Member is interacting with the third party developer, not with The Speech Team, Inc. Services. The Speech Team, Inc. Services encourages Members not to provide PII to the third party’s application unless the Member knows the party with whom it is interacting.

CHOICE: THE SPEECH TEAM, INC. WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH CHOICES ABOUT THE USE OF YOUR PII

Except as described in this Privacy Policy, The Speech Team, Inc. will get your permission before we use the PII you provide to us in a way that is inconsistent with the purpose for which it was submitted or share your PII with third parties that are not affiliated with The Speech Team, Inc. Services.

USE: THE SPEECH TEAM, INC.'S USE OF PII

The Speech Team, Inc. Services will only use the PII you provide under this Privacy Policy in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy. If The Speech Team, Inc. Services obtains PII from a third party, such as a business partner, our use of that information is also governed by this Privacy Policy.

In order to locate other The Speech Team, Inc. Services Members that you may already know in the physical world, The Speech Team, Inc. Services allows Users to search for Members using Registration PII (i.e., full name or email address). The Speech Team, Inc. Services also allows Users to browse for certain Profile Information in order to help connect with Members (i.e., schools and/or companies where Users may have attended or worked). The Speech Team, Inc. Services may also enable Members to publicly display some Registration PII as an element of their Profile Information if they choose to do so via a profile setting under “Edit Profile.” Search engines may index the portion of a Member’s profile (including the Profile Information it contains) that is publicly displayed.

If you have consented to receive promotional materials (e.g., newsletters) or notifications from The Speech Team, Inc. Services, The Speech Team, Inc. Services may periodically use your email address to send you such materials related to The Speech Team, Inc. Services, as applicable. If you want to stop receiving such materials from The Speech Team, Inc. Services, you can change your profile settings under “Account Settings,” or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

The Speech Team, Inc. Services employees, agents and contractors must have a business reason to obtain access to your PII. The Speech Team, Inc. may share your PII with those who help us manage or provide The Speech Team, Inc. Services’ information activities (for example, message board administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses, data processing), or with outside contractors, agents or sponsors who help us with the administration, judging and prize fulfillment aspects of contests, promotions and sweepstakes.

These outside contractors, agents or sponsors may temporarily store some information on their servers, but they may only use your PII to provide The Speech Team, Inc. with a specific service and not for any other purpose. The Speech Team, Inc. may also provide your PII to a third party in those instances where you have chosen to receive certain information and have been notified that the fulfillment of such a request requires the sharing of your PII. The Speech Team, Inc. also may share your PII with Affiliated Companies if it has a business reason to do so.

As described in “Notice” above, The Speech Team, Inc. Services may customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the The Speech Team, Inc. Website, or may work with outside companies to do so. Your non-PII and/or Profile Information may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished. The Speech Team, Inc. prohibits these companies from sharing your non-PII and/or Profile Information with any third party or from using it for any other purpose. Anonymous click stream, number of page views calculated by pixel tags, and aggregated demographic information may also be shared with The Speech Team, Inc.’s advertisers and business partners.

There may be instances when The Speech Team, Inc. Services may access or disclose PII, Profile Information or non-PII without providing you a choice in order to: (i) protect or defend the legal rights or property of The Speech Team, Inc., our Affiliated Companies or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of Users of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or members of the public including acting in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with the law or legal process. In addition, if The Speech Team, Inc. sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of all or a material part of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, The Speech Team, Inc. may transfer your PII to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.

When a Member who is located in the European Union chooses to post Profile Information that will be publicly disclosed, that Member is responsible for ensuring that such information conforms to all local data protection laws. The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible under the EU local data protection laws for Member-posted information.

SECURITY: THE SPEECH TEAM, INC. PROTECTS THE SECURITY OF PII

The Speech Team, Inc. uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard PII and credit card information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification. In addition, The Speech Team, Inc. uses reasonable methods to make sure that PII is accurate, up-to-date and appropriately complete.

ACCESS, REMEDIES AND COMPLIANCE: HOW TO ACCESS, CORRECT OR CHANGE YOUR PREFERENCES REGARDING YOUR PII AND HOW TO CONTACT SPEECHFORUM ABOUT PRIVACY CONCERNS

Whenever possible, The Speech Team, Inc. Services Members may review the Registration PII we maintain about them in our records. We will take reasonable steps to correct any PII a Member informs us is incorrect. If you are a Member, you can view and change your Registration PII, Member preferences and Profile Information by logging into your account and accessing features such as “Edit Profile” and “Account Settings.”

If you ask The Speech Team, Inc. to stop using your PII, SpeechForum will honor that request while retaining any record of your PII that is necessary to comply with applicable federal, state or local law.

If you would like to communicate with us about this Privacy Policy or The Speech Team, Inc.’s collection and use of your PII, please use the Contact Us link on the main menu.

13. Disclaimers

The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible for and makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the User Content or the accuracy and reliability of the User Content posted through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services, by Users of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services, and such User Content does not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of The Speech Team, Inc. In addition, The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible for any damage, injury or loss caused by Users of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services. Profiles and Linked Services created and posted by Members on, though or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services may contain links to other websites or services. The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible for the Content, accuracy or opinions expressed on such websites and services, and such websites and services are not necessarily investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by The Speech Team, Inc. Inclusion of any linked website or service on The Speech Team, Inc. Services does not imply approval or endorsement of the linked website or service by The Speech Team, Inc. When you access these third party sites and services, you do so at your own risk. The Speech Team, Inc. takes no responsibility for third party advertisements or Linked Services that are posted on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services, nor does it take any responsibility for the goods or services provided by these third parties. The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible for the conduct, whether online or offline, of any User of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services. The Speech Team, Inc. assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, any User or Member communication. The Speech Team, Inc. is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or players due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services or combination thereof, including, without limitation, any injury or damage to Users or to any person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading materials in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services. Under no circumstances shall The Speech Team, Inc. be responsible for any loss or damage, including, without limitation, personal injury or death, resulting from use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services, attendance at a The Speech Team, Inc. event, from any User Content posted on or through The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services, or from the conduct of any Users of The Speech Team, Inc. Services, whether online or offline. The Speech Team, Inc. Services and Linked Services are provided "AS-IS" and as available and The Speech Team, Inc. expressly disclaims any warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. The Speech Team, Inc. cannot guarantee and does not promise any specific results from use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services or Linked Services.

14. Limitation on Liability

IN NO EVENT SHALL THE SPEECH TEAM, INC. BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFIT DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SPEECH TEAM, INC. SERVICES OR LINKED SERVICES, EVEN IF THE SPEECH TEAM, INC. HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, THE SPEECH TEAM, INC.’S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO THE SPEECH TEAM, INC. FOR THE SPEECH TEAM, INC. SERVICES DURING THE TERM OF MEMBERSHIP.

15. U.S. Export Controls

Software available in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services (the "Software") is further subject to United States export controls. No Software may be downloaded from The Speech Team, Inc. Services or otherwise exported or re-exported in violation of U.S. export laws. Downloading or using the Software is at your sole risk.

16. Disputes

The Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and The Speech Team, Inc. agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the State of Florida to resolve any dispute arising out of the Agreement or The Speech Team, Inc. Services. EACH OF THE PARTIES HEREBY KNOWINGLY, VOLUNTARILY AND INTENTIONALLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY CLAIMS, COUNTERCLAIMS, CROSS-CLAIMS, OR THIRD PARTY CLAIMS) ARISING OUT OF, UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT. FURTHER, EACH PARTY HERETO CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE OR AGENT OF EITHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH PARTY WOULD NOT IN THE EVENT OF SUCH LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THIS WAIVER OF RIGHT TO JURY TRIAL PROVISION. EACH OF THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THIS SECTION IS A MATERIAL INDUCEMENT FOR THE OTHER PARTY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT.

17. Indemnity

You agree to indemnify and hold The Speech Team, Inc., its subsidiaries, and affiliates, subcontractors and other partners, and their respective officers, agents, partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of The Speech Team, Inc. Services in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth in this Agreement and/or any Content that you post on, through or in connection with The Speech Team, Inc. Services.

18. Other

This Agreement is accepted upon your use of The Speech Team, Inc. Website or any of the The Speech Team, Inc. Services and is further affirmed by you becoming a Member. Your agreement with The Speech Team, Inc. will always include this Agreement at a minimum. Your access and use of certain The Speech Team, Inc. Services will require you to accept additional terms and conditions applicable to such certain The Speech Team, Inc. Services, in addition to this Agreement, and may require you to download Software or Content. The failure of The Speech Team, Inc. to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. The section titles in this Agreement are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect. This Agreement operates to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision of this Agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

To contact us regarding any questions about this Agreement, please use the Contact Us link on the menu.