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Effective: May 20, 2018
Welcome to International Corporate Governance Society (ICGS, ICGSociety.org). To use ICGSociety.org you must agree to these terms and conditions of service.
Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to these Terms of Service, you should periodically review the most up-to-date version (https://www.icgsociety.org/about/terms/). ICGS may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise these Terms of Service and policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. Nothing in these Terms of Service shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.
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The ICGSociety.org Service (the “Service”) is controlled and operated by the International Corporate Governance Society (“us” or “we”) from its office within the United States. We do not represent that the Service is appropriate or available for in any particular area or location. Access to the Service from locations where its content is illegal is not authorized. If you access the Service from outside the United States, you do so on your initiative and at your own risk.
These Terms of Service are the terms and conditions under which you may use the Service. These Terms of Service shall control with regard to your use of the Service. Any use of the Service or related services indicates your acknowledgment that you have read and understand these Terms of Service and your acceptance to be bound by these Terms of Service. We may change these Terms of Service at any time in our sole discretion by posting the amended terms on this site, so you should visit this page periodically to review the Terms of Service in effect at that time. Your use of the Service following any amendment to these Terms of Service will constitute your agreement to be bound by these Terms of Service, as amended.
The Service may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by ICGS. ICGS has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. In addition, ICGS will not and cannot censor or edit the content of any third-party site. By using the Service, you expressly relieve ICGS from any and all liability arising from your use of any third-party website.
As used in these Terms of Service, the terms “you” and “user” mean any individual or entity accessing the Service.
Use of Content
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For registered members in good standing of the ICGS, we grant to you a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right to access, display and use the Content for your use solely in connection with corporate governance education and research and to print pages from the Service solely in connection with such use. We reserve all other rights. All use must be in accordance with these Terms of Service. No portion of the Content may be modified, copied, sold, leased, distributed, transmitted or used for any commercial purpose or on behalf of any other person or entity. The license and rights granted to you in these Terms of Service shall terminate automatically if you breach any of these Terms of Service.
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Use of the Service
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Third Party Web Sites
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Disclaimer of Liability
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Waiver and Amendment
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