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We hope you'll enjoy the many topics that are discussed on the ADS Online Forum, which is owned and operated by the ASSOCIATION OF DIESEL SPECIALISTS (ADS). The ADS Online Forum is a group of professionals and ADS expects Forum members to act accordingly.
1. FEES AND PAYMENTS
1.1 As an ADS Member benefit, the Online Forum is free.
1.2 Non-member may recieve one free 30-day trial of the Service.
(a) provide accurate, complete and current information as prompted by the Registration Form, and
2.3 ADS reserves the right to disclose information about Member usage and demographics in forms that do not reveal member's personal identities.
3. MEMBER CONDUCT
3.2 ADS assumes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, completeness or usefulness of information in any material on the Service and it does not endorse any opinions or recommendations posted by members. You should exercise discretion and skepticism before relying on information in messages, because it may be incorrect or misleading.
a) Using the service for illegal purposes or for the transmission of material that is unlawful, harassing, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, abusive, threatening, harmful, vulgar, obscene, tortious or otherwise objectionable.
3.4 You agree that you are responsible for all statements made and acts or omissions that occur with your membership.
3.5 ADS reserves the right to access and disclose any information, including user names of accounts and other information, to comply with applicable laws and lawful government requests to operate its systems properly or to protect itself or its members.
3.6 Job postings are not allowed and personal messages including "Me Too" messages are highly discouraged.
3.7 Self-promotion is absolutely forbidden on the list and is considered SPAM.
a) Offenders will face 14-day suspension from the Forum for a first offense and permanent termination for a second one. Advertising and promotion of commercial services are absolutely not permitted in e-mail messages. Whether or not “self-promotion” has occurred will be at the discretion of the ADS Online Forum Administrator(s) or the ADS Executive Director.
1. Private or public follow up with posters to sell your product or solution;
c) Members who receive such responses (publicly or privately) should report them immediately to ADS Headquarters at 816-285-0810.
3.8 Do not cross-post or multi-post questions to the Online Forum, or post off-topic questions, comments or articles. A first instance will result in a warning to refrain from such posts. Repeated instances of off-topic posts, cross-posted and multi-posted messages will result in ban from the Forum. A post that violates this rule AND the "no self-promotion" rule will be subject to consequences described in the "no self-promotion" rule.
3.9 Do not attach large documents or files to messages sent to the Online Forum. The Online Forum server will often turn them into “garbage.”
4. PROPRIETARY RIGHTS TO CONTENT
4.1 Content received through the Service may be displayed, reformatted and printed for your personal, non-commercial use only. You agree not to reproduce, retransmit, repost, distribute, sell, publish, broadcast, create derivative works from, perform, or in any way commercially exploit any of the content, or infringe upon trademarks or service marks displayed or received through the Service, including but not limited to others in the same company or organization, without our express prior written consent.
5. SOFTWARE LICENSES
5.1 You have no rights to the proprietary software and related documentation or any enhancements or modifications thereto, provided to you to access the Service or send messages to the Online Forum. You may not sublicense, assign or transfer any licenses granted by ADS. Any attempt at such sublicense, assignment or transfer is void. You may not copy, distribute, modify, reverse engineer, or create derivative works from Access Software.
6. EXTERNAL LINKS
6.1 The Service contains links to other related Websites, resources and members of the Service. We are not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, or do we endorse nor are we responsible for any of the contents, advertising, products or other materials on such sites. Under no circumstances shall we be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damages caused or alleged to have been caused by use of or reliance on any content, goods or services available on such sites. Any concerns regarding any external link should be directed to its respective site administrator or webmaster.
7. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY
7.1 The ADS Online Forum is provided AS IS and AS AVAILABLE without warranty of any kind. ADS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
a) ANY WARRANTIES AS TO THE AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, CURRENTNESS OR RELIABILITY OF THE CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE, OR THE SERVICE ITSELF;
a) discontinue use of the Service;
9.3 Members who neglect to introduce/identify themselves in Forum messages may be terminated.
9.4 Members who are not current with ADS membership dues will lose access to the Online Forum.
10.2 You agree that any cause of action arising out of or related to the Service must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action arose; otherwise, such cause of action is permanently barred.
10.3 Trade associations are subject to strict scrutiny under the many federal and state antitrust laws. One of the most powerful of these is the Sherman Act. Section 1 of that Act prohibits “contracts, combinations or conspiracies ... in restraint of trade.” But by its very nature, a trade association is a combination, such that there is no problem in proving the fact. This should serve as a signal to trade associations, that they must proceed with extreme caution lest they be cited for antitrust infringements, carrying stiff fines and jail sentences.
10.4 The best way to avoid possible infringement of the antitrust laws is to institute a program of compliance. At association gatherings, the association should resolve to avoid discussion of certain sensitive subjects. Informal gatherings which follow association meetings are particularly looked upon with great suspicion by the government. Some topics which should be scrupulously avoided in all meetings:
a) Do not discuss pricing.