LDSTech Terms of Use (Updated 2015-04-13)


BY ACCESSING, BROWSING OR USING THIS SITE, INCLUDING ANY CONTENT OR RELATED MATERIALS, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OF USE.  IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS OF USE, DO NOT USE THIS SITE.

This website (the “Site”) is owned and operated by Corporation of the Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“we,” “us,” or “our”). By accessing this Site, you agree to these Terms of Use. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, you may not access this Site. We may modify these Terms of Use at any time, so please check regularly for changes. Your continued use of this Site after we have posted changes means that you accept those changes. 

These Terms of Use are provided to encourage participation in a collaborative and open environment. Adherence to these policies will ensure that this Site is a friendly and helpful place for all who use it. If you disregard these policies, we may edit or remove any offending content or material you post and may block your access to this Site.

You agree that you will not, individually or as part of any collective effort, submit or post material to this Site that could be deemed harmful or offensive to other users, nor will you impersonate another user in order to hide your identity or implicate another in such actions. You agree to do nothing that might disrupt the flow of information to and from this Site, adversely affect the service or performance of this Site, or circumvent any of the controls or usage rules that we have implemented. You understand that any harmful or offensive actions by you may result in the revocation of your right to use this Site and legal action against you.

Licenses and Restrictions

Except for certain content or material posted by third parties, all content and material on this Site (including visuals, text, icons, displays, databases, media, and general information), is owned by, or licensed to, us.  Unless otherwise indicated, you may view, download, and print content or material from this Site only for your personal, noncommercial use. You may not post, transmit, or distribute material from this Site on another website or on a computer network without our permission or, in the case of material posted by a third-party, the permission of the owner of that material. See, Permission to Use Copyrighted Materials.

Your Account

Some areas of the Site, or some activities permitted by the Site, including posting comments or making Submissions, may require you to sign up for an account. When and if you sign up for an account, you agree to: (a) provide accurate, current, and complete information about yourself as prompted by our sign-up process (including your e-mail address); and (b) maintain and update your information (including your e-mail address) to keep it accurate, current, and complete.  We reserve the right to discontinue your access to the Site if any information provided by you is untrue, inaccurate, not current, or incomplete.

As part of the account sign-up process, you will be asked to create a user name and a password.  We may refuse to grant you a user name that is already taken or for any other reason in our sole discretion. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your user name and password and for any and all activities that are conducted using your account.

Please follow these guidelines when setting up your account:

  • Do not select the names of deity, prophets, apostles, general authorities, or other famous current or former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Church”), either now or in ancient times, such that it would appear to desecrate or impersonate a name or person. This also applies to your signature and avatar.
  • Do not select user names that sound like words or phrases that would not be in harmony with the teachings of the Church. This also applies to your signature and avatar.
  • Do not select user names of famous or infamous individuals.
  • Do not use humor at the expense of others.
  • Do not select user names that indicate political preferences.
  • Do not select user names that refer to or promote a website or business.
  • Do not use links, in any form, in your signature.

We may modify your user name, profile, avatar, or signature in order to bring it into compliance with our policies.

Inappropriate Activities

Content on this Site and in its discussion forums may be monitored for inappropriate material or use.  While using this Site, you agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and you further agree not to:

Restrict or inhibit any other user from using the Site, including, without limitation, by means of “hacking” or defacing any portion of the Site.

Express or imply that any statements you make are endorsed by us, without our prior written consent.

Transmit or post (a) any content or information that is unlawful, fraudulent, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable, or that infringes our or any third party’s intellectual property or other rights; (b) any material, non-public information about a company or business without the authorization to do so; (c) any trade secret of any third party; or (d) any advertisements, solicitations, chain letters, pyramid schemes, investment opportunities, or other unsolicited commercial communication.

Engage in spamming or flooding.

Transmit, post, post links to, or upload any software or other materials that contain any viruses, worms, Trojan horses, defects, date bombs, time bombs, or other items of a destructive nature.

Remove any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary rights notices from any content.

“Frame” or “mirror” any part of the Site without our prior written authorization.

Use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other manual or automatic device or process to retrieve, index, “data mine”, or in any way reproduce or circumvent the navigational structure or presentation of the Site or its contents.

Harvest or collect information about site visitors or registered users.

Encouraged Behavior

We encourage the following behavior in discussion forums on this Site:

  • Follow the Golden Rule—Everyone enjoys being treated with respect.
  • When in doubt, don't post it. Take a deep breath, check your facts, etc. It's better to wait if you are unsure of something or too frustrated to think clearly.
  • Stay on topic; help keep the content of the Site clear and concise.
  • Use the correct forum for the material you are posting. Please do not post the same material in multiple discussion threads.
  • Start a new discussion thread rather than introducing a new topic in an existing thread.
  • Post insightful content related to the topics you are discussing.
  • Post solution-oriented responses. If you find a problem, take the next step and suggest a solution when you document the problem.
  • Post open, honest and respectful debate related to issues or projects you are collaborating on.
  • Post factual information, with helpful references or citations where possible.

Posting Material

You may be permitted to post content on this Site, including files and/or comments in one or more online discussion forums. By posting any material or content, you represent and warrant that you have the right to do so, either because you own that content, or because the license terms under which you use that content permit it to be publicly distributed without charge.  You further represent and warrant that your posting of such content does not constitute a violation of any obligation of confidentiality, trade secret, right of publicity, right of privacy, intellectual property right, or other right. You agree to disclose as requested the applicable license or other basis for your belief that material or content you post can legally be posted and publicly distributed via this Site.

You may not post content or materials containing any of the following:

  • Religious discussions or debate.
  • Political discussions or debate.
  • Legal discussions or debate.
  • Pornography of any kind (textual or visual).
  • Comments or content that is rude, obscene, or hateful, or that ridicules or belittles any person, organization, or location (this includes any so-called “flaming” of other participants).
  • Information that you know or should know to be false or that you intend to be misleading.
  • Links to websites that are off-topic or that relate to any of the items in this list.
  • Avatars, images, or signatures that include any of the items in this list.
  • Commercial messages, promotions, or similar solicitations (anything that would be considered spam if received through email).
  • Links to websites in an effort to promote or generate traffic to websites or businesses. Links or references to unofficial websites are acceptable if not done in a promotional way. The linked site must conform to all other items in this list.
  • Methods for circumventing Church policies or security mechanisms.
  • Security information or passwords.
  • Actual membership, financial, statistical, or other data from Church records. The use of fictitious data is generally allowed.
  • Copyrighted content that you don’t have permission to redistribute in a public forum.
  • Direct quotes from any official documents that the Church has not made public (such as Handbook 1 or official letters), although you may provide references to chapter, page, or section numbers.
  • Any sensitive policy matters, which are best discussed with local priesthood leaders.

By sending or transmitting to us software code, code samples, technical materials, articles, white papers, FAQs, e-mails, discussion thread postings, Web logs (“blogs”), wikis, creative suggestions, ideas, notes, concepts, information, or other materials (collectively, “Submissions”), or by posting such Submissions to any area of the Site, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, sublicenseable (through multiple tiers), assignable, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, reproduce, distribute (through multiple tiers), create derivative works of, publicly perform, publicly display, digitally perform, make, have made, sell, offer for sale, and import such Submissions in any media now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to the provider of the Submissions. You represent and warrant that none of the Submissions will be subject to any obligation, whether of confidentiality, attribution, or otherwise, on our part and we will not be liable for any use or disclosure of any Submissions. We may, but are not required to, monitor content or Submissions posted by users of the Site. We reserve the right to remove any content or Submissions, including content posted by you or any other user, for any reason or no reason, and without notice.

Submissions may be subject to U.S. export controls or the trade laws of other countries. You agree to comply with all such laws and obtain such licenses as may be required. You expressly agree not to include any encryption technology in any Submission.

You acknowledge that we may establish general practices and limits concerning use and storage of content on the Site and that we may change these general practices and limits at any time, in our sole discretion and without notice. We have no responsibility or liability for the deletion, failure to store, or the backup of any content or Submissions.

Retrieving User-Posted Content

This Site includes online discussion forums to which many users may contribute. You acknowledge that information available in such forums may include content that is inaccurate, misleading, deceptive, or that contains harmful software code, or links to websites containing the foregoing. We neither endorse nor are responsible for any content posted by a third-party, including any opinion, advice, information, or other utterance made or displayed on the Site or in forums. The opinions expressed in the forums reflect solely the opinions of the participants and may not reflect the opinions of the Church or its leaders.

We have no obligation to monitor content submitted by third parties, including Submissions. Nevertheless, we may monitor such content, and we may, in our sole discretion, alter or remove any content (including, without limitation, any posting to a forum); we may also disclose such content and the circumstances surrounding their transmission to any third party in order to operate the Site properly, to protect ourselves or others, or to comply with legal obligations or governmental requests.

Any software provided via this Site may include additional terms and conditions. You agree to be bound by any other licenses, terms, proprietary right notices, and copyright notices found on this Site or accompanying Submissions, which apply to those Submissions or any other content or materials that you use and/or download from this Site. You must retain intact all copyright and other proprietary notices on content or Submissions that you are permitted to download from the Site. In the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and the terms of a license applicable to specific content or Submissions, the terms of use applicable to the specific content or Submissions shall prevail.

Links to Third-Party Sites

For your convenience, this Site may contain links to websites operated by others. These sites are not maintained or controlled by us, and we are not responsible for their content. Although we have made a good faith effort to link only to tasteful, appropriate sites, some may contain inappropriate or objectionable material. If you find such material while using the Site, please notify us immediately.

We believe that those who make information available on the Internet expect that it will be publicly and widely available. Therefore, we believe that linking to other websites is legally permissible and consistent with the expectations of those who use the Internet. However, if access to a particular website is intended to be restricted, the site operator should promptly notify us of that fact.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold us, our affiliates, licensors, suppliers, and sponsors, and our and their directors, officers, employees, consultants, agents, and other representatives, harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), and other expenses that arise directly or indirectly out of or from (a) your breach of these Terms of Use; (b) any allegation that any content or Submissions, or other materials you submit to us or transmit to the Site, infringe or otherwise violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other intellectual property or other rights of any third party; and/or (c) your activities in connection with the Site.

Trademarks

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” the textual logo of the Church, “Mormon,” “FamilySearch,” “Liahona,” and others are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. Your use of this Site does not grant you any right or license to use any trademark or other intellectual property except as expressly provided for herein.

For further assistance or information, you may contact the Church’s Intellectual Property Office at:

Phone:     1-801-240-3959 or 1-800-453-3860, ext. 2-3959
Fax:          1-801-240-1187
E-Mail:     cor-intellectualproperty@ldschurch.org

Disclaimer of Warranties

ALL CONTENT AND MATERIALS ON THIS SITE AND ANY LINKED SITE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE, NON-INTERFERENCE, AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT YOUR ACCESS TO THIS SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE, THAT ANY DEFECTS IN THIS SITE WILL BE CORRECTED, THAT THE CONTENT OF THIS SITE DOES NOT CONTAIN MATERIAL OMISSIONS OR ERRORS, THAT THE CONTENT OF THIS SITE DOES NOT INFRINGE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY, OR THAT THIS SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES IT AVAILABLE ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.

Limitation of Liability

NEITHER WE NOR ANY OF OUR AFFILIATES, NOR OUR OR THEIR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, CONSULTANTS, AGENTS, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES, ARE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE, OR OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS, LOSS OF DATA, OR LOST PROFITS), UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHER THEORY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO THE SITE AND/OR MATERIALS CONTAINED ON THE SITE, THE SOFTWARE, OR ANY LINKED SITE, EVEN IF WE ARE EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF OR SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES. YOUR SOLE REMEDY FOR DISSATISFACTION WITH OR HARM ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE SITE, MATERIALS, CONTENT, SUBMISSIONS, RELATED SOFTWARE, OR ANY LINKED SITE IS TO STOP USING THE SITE, MATERIALS, CONTENT, SUBMISSIONS, RELATED SOFTWARE, OR LINKED SITE, AS APPLICABLE.

Claims of Copyright Infringement

We respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. We may, in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, disable access to this Site for users found to have infringed the intellectual property rights of others. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe that this Site contains a work that constitutes copyright infringement of your intellectual property, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please provide our Copyright Agent the following information:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;

  2. A description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

  3. A description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Site;

  4. Your address, telephone number, and email address;

  5. 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;

  6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.

The Church’s Copyright Agent for Notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:

By mail:

Copyright Agent
Intellectual Property Office
50 East North Temple Street FL13
Salt Lake City, Utah  84150-0013

By Email:

cor-intellectualproperty@ldschurch.org

Permission to Use Copyrighted Material

To request use of Church copyrighted material, please complete the appropriate form that pertains to your request, as follows:

For general requests: Copyright Request Form

For material to be used in a manuscript: Copyright Request – Manuscript Form

For the creation of musical arrangements: Copyright Request – Music Arrangement Form

The completed request form, together with any required supporting material, may be sent to:

Attention: Licensing
Intellectual Property Office
50 East North Temple Street FL13
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-0013

You may also fax or e-mail the completed request form and supporting documents to the following fax number or e-mail address:

Fax: (801) 240-1187
E-mail: cor-intellectualproperty@ldschurch.org

Note: The approximate time frame for receiving a reply for a noncommercial request is two to four weeks; commercial requests require approximately four to six weeks.

General Information

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and us regarding your use of this Site, and supersede any prior agreements between you and us with respect to the same. You may be subject to additional terms if you use other websites operated by the Church or any legal affiliate of the Church.

These Terms of Use and any dispute arising from your use of this Site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Utah without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. You agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within Salt Lake County, Utah.

Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms of Use remain in full force and effect.

Updated 2015-04-13