Terms of Use

Welcome to our website (the “Site”).  It’s made available to you by Quiet Communities Inc. (“QCI,” “we,” or “us”).  Please read these terms carefully before using the Site. If you continue to browse and use the Site, even if you don’t register, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by these terms. If you do not agree with any of these terms, please do not use our Site. You understand and agree that we may change these terms at any time without prior notice.  You may read a current copy of the terms at any time by selecting the “Terms of Use” link on the Site.  The revised terms become effective at the time of posting.  Any use of the Site after such date will constitute your acceptance of the revised terms.  We reserve the right to suspend or terminate the registration and account of any user who does not abide by these terms of use.

  1. Site Overview

The purpose of our website is to provide resources relating to noise, related pollution, health and environmental impacts, and alternative solutions, such as blogs, essays, reports, discussion forums, event notifications. The information on the Site is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as scientific, medical, or legal advice.

  1. Proprietary Rights and License

The Site contains material that is owned or licensed by QCI and is protected by United States and foreign intellectual property laws.  Subject to the license below, all these intellectual property rights are reserved, and your use of the Site and its content gives you no rights in or to the content.

You may view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages from the Site for your own personal, non-commercial use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these terms.  You must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original content on any copy you make.  You may not reproduce, upload, post, transmit, download, modify, or distribute the contents of the Site or its contents or information on sites accessible through links on the Site, provided that you may modify any content that you create and post.

This limited license will automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by us at any time.  Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession, whether in electronic or printed format.

All trademarks, logos, service marks, and trade names displayed on the Site or on content available through the Site that are not owned by QCI are the property of their respective owners.

  1. Your Account

In order to post on any public forums, such as a blog, and access some of the services available on the Site, you must register and establish your own account.  You agree that all information you provide to us in registering will be accurate and up to date. There is no charge for registering.  You may terminate your registration and account at any time by contacting us.

You are responsible for all activity conducted on or through your account, and you may not share your account with anyone else.  By registering, you agree that you will not take any actions designed to compromise the performance or integrity of the Site or interfere with its proper working, or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any aspect of the Site.

  1. Materials You Create and Public Forums

The Site has sections such as blogs, bulletin and message boards, chat areas, or similar services that provide you the opportunity to exchange ideas and information.  In addition to any other rules or regulations that we may post in connection with a particular service, you agree that you will not upload, post, transmit, distribute, or otherwise publish through the Site or any service or feature made available on or through the Site, any materials that may be illegal or unlawful, may infringe any third party’s legal rights, or are capable of giving rise to legal action whether against you or us or a third party (in each case under any applicable law), nor may you advertise or solicit on the Site.  By posting or submitting materials to the Site, you represent that you have all necessary rights in and to such materials; that such materials will not infringe on any personal or proprietary rights of any third parties; that such materials will not contain defamatory, indecent, or otherwise unlawful content; and that such materials will not contain any viruses or other destructive features.

It is important to remember that comments submitted to a forum may be recorded and stored in multiple places, both on the Site and elsewhere on the Internet, which are likely to be accessible for a long time, and you have no control over who will read them eventually.  It is therefore important that you are careful and selective about the information that you disclose about yourself and others, and in particular, you should not disclose sensitive, embarrassing, proprietary, or confidential information in your comments to our public forums.

We are not responsible for any materials posted by others on our Site, which may not reflect our views and opinions.  Although we have no obligation to screen, edit, or review posts, we reserve the right to monitor posts and remove any that we consider, in our sole discretion, to be in breach of these terms, and to deny access to anyone who violates these terms.  QCI EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY MATERIAL COMMUNICATED BY THIRD PARTIES THROUGH THE SITE OR FOR ANY CLAIMS, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THE SITE.

While we have no ownership rights in any materials you create and post or submit to the Site, by doing so,  you are granting QCI a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, unrestricted, worldwide license to use, display, sublicense, adapt, transmit, and copy such materials on or via our Site and any other existing or future form, format, media, or technology now known or later developed].

  1. Links to Other Sites

Links to, or embedded images from, other web sites may appear from time to time on the Site, to offer additional resources on related subjects, but we have not reviewed all of these linked sites or embedded images and are not responsible for the contents or accuracy of any such linked site or image. These links and images are provided as a convenience to you and do not imply our endorsement of the site.  You should take precautions when downloading files from all web sites to protect your computer from viruses and other destructive programs.  If you decide to access any linked sites, you do so at your own risk.

  1. Personal Information

In the course of your use of the Site and/or the services made available on or through the Site, you may be asked to provide certain personal information to us.  Our information collection and use policies with respect to the privacy of personal information that you provide are set forth in our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated into these terms.  You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the accuracy and content of all information that you provide to us.  If we need to contact you, we may do so using your email address.

Please be aware that personal information—such as your name or email address—that you voluntarily disclose on services such as blogs, bulletin and message boards, or in chat areas that are accessible to other users could be collected and disclosed by others.  QCI cannot take any responsibility for such collection or disclosure.

  1. Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

QCI MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE OR ITS CONTENTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION MATERIAL COMMUNICATED BY THIRD PARTIES), WHICH ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.  TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, QCI DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS AND NEGATES ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON- INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE.  FURTHER, QCI DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS CONCERNING THE ACCURACY, LIKELY RESULTS, COMPLETENESS, CURRENCY, OR RELIABILITY OF THE MATERIALS ON THE SITE OR ON ANY SITES LINKED TO THE SITE, OR THAT THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED AND ERROR-FREE; THAT DEFECTS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE FROM VIRUSES, WORMS, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

IN NO EVENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, SHALL QCI, OR ANY OF ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR CONTENT OR SERVICE PROVIDERS, OR ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CREATION, PRODUCTION, OR DELIVERY OF THE SITE, BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, LOSSES, AND EXPENSES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, COMPENSATORY, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF ANTICIPATED PROFITS, BENEFITS, USE, OR DATA, OR DUE TO BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, ARISING FROM, OR DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO, THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR THE CONTENT, MATERIALS, AND FUNCTIONS RELATED TO IT, EVEN IF QCI OR AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES.  YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ESTABLISHING SUCH PROCEDURES FOR DATA BACK UP AND VIRUS PROTECTION AS YOU DEEM APPROPRIATE.  IN NO EVENT SHALL QCI OR THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND ENTITIES IDENTIFIED ABOVE BE LIABLE FOR OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY CONTENT POSTED, TRANSMITTED, EXCHANGED, OR RECEIVED BY OR ON BEHALF OF ANY USER OR OTHER PERSON ON OR THROUGH THE SITE.  IN NO EVENT WILL QCI‘S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM THESE TERMS OR YOUR USE OF THE SITE EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, $100.

Some jurisdictions do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so some of the above limitations may not apply to you.  Any action on any claim against QCI must be brought within one year following the date the claim first accrued, or it will be deemed waived.

  1. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on the Site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors.  QCI does not warrant that any of the materials on the Site are accurate, complete, or current. We may make changes to the materials contained on the Site at any time without notice. We do not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

  1. Indemnification

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold QCI and our affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, costs, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising in any way from your use of the Site, your placement or transmission of any message, content, information, software, or other materials on or through the Site, or your breach or violation of the law or of these terms.  We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with our defense of such claim.  You will not in any event settle any claim without our prior written consent.

  1. Compliance with Local Laws.

The Site is controlled and operated by QCI in the United States and is intended for use within the United States.  QCI makes no representation that materials on the Site are appropriate or available for use in other locations.  Those who choose to access the Site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

  1. Miscellaneous

Any claim relating to the Site shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to its conflict of law provisions.  You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Massachusetts.  You further consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of these courts for the purposes of litigating any such action.  If any provision of these terms are deemed unlawful, void or unenforceable, then such provision shall be severed from the terms and the remainder of the terms shall remain in effect.

These terms were revised August 6, 2020.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Compliance

If you believe that any materials posted on the Site by others infringe on the copyrights of another party, please contact us.  We comply with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act applicable to Internet service providers.  Please send a written notice describing the infringement to our designated agent at the following address:

Designated Agent

Prabashni Reddy, Secretary

Quiet Communities, Inc.

E-mail: prabashni@quietcommunitiesinc.org

Your notice must include the following:

  • A physical or electronic signature of the owner, or a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly being infringed;
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed or, if the claim involves multiple works at a single online site, a representative list of such works at the site;
  • Identification of the allegedly infringing material on the Site, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate such material on the Site;
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, or, if available, an e-mail address;
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the materials in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  • A statement that the information in the notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.