Terms and Conditions
CONDITIONS OF USE
BFI and other marks indicated on our site are trademarks owned exclusively by The Buckminster Fuller Institute. The use of these trademarks and service marks is prohibited if used in connection with any site, publication, newsletter or the sale of any product that is not BFI’s, in any manner that seeks to disparage or discredit BFI or in any manner that may cause confusion among our customers.
All content on this website is the exclusive property of The Buckminster Fuller Institute. Said content includes text, graphics, logos, icons, images, audio and video clips, digital downloads, and software. Our content is protected by United States and international copyright laws and we reserve all rights contained therein. In case of dispute or infringement, we will rigorously defend our rights to this material.
PROTECTING YOUR ACCOUNT
Some portions of this website permit username and passwords to be used. You are responsible for protecting your unique username and password and you agree to be responsible for all activities performed under your user account.
LICENSE AND SITE ACCESS
The Buckminster Fuller Institute grants you (the user) a limited license to access and make personal use of this website. This license does not include the right to download any material (other than routine page caching), modify any material, or any portion thereof, without the express written consent of The Buckminster Fuller Institute. This license excludes the download or collection of logos, product descriptions, pricing, text, graphics, audio and video clips, and/or copying account information. This website or any portion of this website may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written permission of The Buckminster Fuller Institute. You are prohibited from using meta tags or any other hidden text utilizing BFI’s name or trademarks without the express written consent of The Buckminster Fuller Institute. Any unauthorized use of this websites voids the limited license granted by The Buckminster Fuller Institute.
CONTENT SUBMITTED BY SITE USERS
If you do post content to this site or otherwise submit material (including, but not limited to, photographs and testimonials), you grant The Buckminster Fuller Institute and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. By your submission you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify The Buckminster Fuller Institute or its affiliates for all claims resulting from content you supply. The Buckminster Fuller Institute reserves the right to remove any content at our sole discretion.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
This site is provided by The Buckminster Fuller Institute on an “as is” and “as available” basis. The Buckminster Fuller Institute makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, as to the operation of the site or the content contained therein. You expressly agree that your use of bfi.org is at your own risk.
The Buckminster Fuller Institute cannot warrant that this site, our servers, or email communications affiliated with the use of this website, are free from viruses. The Buckminster Fuller Institute will not be responsible for any damages of any kind resulting from use of this website, including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages.
REDEMPTION OF FREE PRODUCT AND COUPON OFFERS
From time to time, BFI offers its clients special offers and discount codes to be used in conjunction with this website. These offers are frequently disseminated via this website and through email to those who have registered for our email database. They are sometimes posted on our home page (bfi.org) or announced via other means of communication in conjunction with the promotion of the BFI product collection, including radio and TV broadcasts, internet forums and various online websites.
We encourage our clients to redeem these special offers, but we respectfully ask that you not exploit them. BFI, at our sole discretion, will determine if all purchasing criteria has been met to qualify for stated discount or free product. If you successfully circumvent the software safeguards of this website in order to receive several free products with your order, then we will (at our sole discretion) remove any extraneous free product from your order or cancel the order in its entirety. You will be informed of any order changes via the phone number or email address listed with your order. Please, play fair…
By visiting bfi.org, you agree that the laws of the state of New York, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Conditions of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and The Buckminster Fuller Institute.
CHANGES IN POLICY
The Buckminster Fuller Institute reserves the right to modify, alter, delete and update these policies at any time we see fit. Such alterations do not nullify our rights if infringements or breaches occurred under a pervious version of these conditions.
BFI STATEMENT OF PRIVACY
The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is committed to protecting your privacy. This Statement of Privacy applies to BFI’s website and governs data collection and usage on all BFI sites, programs and services; it does not apply to other online or offline sites, products or services. Please read the BFI Statement of Privacy. BFI is a general audience web site, intended for users of all ages. Personal information of all users is collected, used and disclosed as described in this Statement of Privacy.
COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
As a Non-Profit website collecting program fees, accepting donations, e-commerce, and distributing newsletters and other communications, BFI collects personal information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Information collected by BFI is used for the purpose of populating its mailing lists, collecting donations, billing and shipping your online purchases. BFI does not collect any information about your computer hardware and software.
BFI encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from BFI so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. We are not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the BFI Web site.
USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
BFI and its operational service partners collect and use your personal information to process product orders and deliver the products requested. It is possible that BFI may also use personal information to inform you of other products or services available from BFI and its affiliates or send you organizational communications. BFI may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered. BFI may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your personal information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party unless otherwise approved by you.
We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as handling the processing and delivery of mailings, providing customer support, processing transactions, or performing statistical analysis of our services. We will only provide those companies the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information and are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.
BFI does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.
BFI may access and/or disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on BFI or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of BFI, including its Web site; or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of BFI or the public.
Personal information collected on this site may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which BFI or its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using this site, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. BFI abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.
CONTROL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
BFI offers its community choices for the collection, use and sharing of personal information. You may notify us of your preferences by emailing [email protected]. Please be sure to provide complete account information so we can identify you in our records.
You may also stop the delivery of future promotional e-mail from BFI by responding directly to any email you receive with a request to remove you from the mailing list using the unsubscribe protocol offered.
BFI uses several services from Google Analytics, including Advertising Features, that are used to optimize site functionality and help improve the user experience of our community members. BFI does not facilitate the merging of personally-identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information collected through any Google advertising product. If you would like to opt out or preclude collection of any data by Google’s Analytics, you may do so at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/ BFI is not responsible for the collection of any Google Analytics tracking data.
SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
BFI is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the personal information you provide on computer systems with limited access that are located in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information (such as a credit card number) over the Internet, we use a secure payment gateway so your information is protected.
CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT
BFI will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. If there are material changes to this Statement or in how BFI will use your personal information, BFI will prominently post such changes prior to implementing the change. BFI encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how BFI is protecting your information.