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About the Web site and book is the website of Sparks Worldwide LLC, the publisher of America’s Corporate Brain Drain. We can be contacted at Sparks Worldwide LLC, PO Box 10527, Chicago, IL 60610-0527;
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Copyright information
Copyright © 2013 by Babs Ryan. All rights reserved. The content of the site and book are protected by copyright and trademark laws, and are the property of Sparks Worldwide LLC.

No part of the Web site or  book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from the publisher except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews.

You may not change, modify, delete, display, transmit, adapt, exploit, or copy for distribution or sale any information, material, trademark, or copyright on the Sites. You must obtain written permission from us before you publish, distribute, display, or commercially exploit any material from the site or book. By using the site, you agree to abide by all copyright notices or other posted restrictions.

Written permission is required for inks to this site.

The site and book are published in the United States. Persons accessing the site from other locations are responsible for compliance with local laws.

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Because the site is about work related issues, you agree not to submit information that you have agreed to keep confidential under an employment agreement or any other agreement. By making a submission, you are guaranteeing to us that you have the legal right submit that information and that it will not violate any law or the rights of any person or entity. You will not submit information that is abusive, vulgar, threatening, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, invades a person's privacy, violates any intellectual or other property rights, or that would otherwise violate any law. You may not use any forum in a commercial manner. You may not submit material that solicits funds, or that advertises or solicits goods or services. You may not submit material known to be false. You may not submit any information, software or other material that contains a virus or other harmful component. You accept all liability for submission and publication of such submissions.

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How and why we collect information
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A confirmation e-mail will be sent to users who submit information from the site. This is done for the purpose of certifying the identity of the sender. To post submissions on the site from senders who may be fabricating their identities and/or submissions would be a disservice to other users.

However, we realized that due to the sensitivity of the Web subject, users may wish to not make their identity public. Except as otherwise provided in this policy, we will not intentionally disclose your personal identification information to any third party without your permission. Clicking the appropriate radio button on the submission form indicates this preference. We reserve the right to make the personal information (excluding payment information) public if you do not indicate a preference for withholding that information. We will not be liable in cases of unintentional disclosure of your personal information or submissions.
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When you use the site, our technology services provider may also collect certain technical and routing information or place “cookies” during your visit. This information is collected in aggregate form, without identifying you or any user individually.

When you submit information

By submitting information, you are consenting to publication. Please note that any information you post may be available to all persons accessing that location and may be available in future publications. When you submit personal information through the site, you understand and agree that this information may be transferred across national boundaries and may be stored and processed in any country. By using the site, participating in any of our services and/or providing us with your information, you consent to this transfer.

You hereby grant us royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, and display all content, remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, or other information communicated us through this site, and to incorporate any submission in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed.  We not be required to treat any submission as confidential, and may use any submission in its business (including without limitation, for products or advertising) without incurring any liability for royalties or any other consideration of any kind, and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities that may appear in future publications or sites. 

Since we will exclusively own all rights to the submission worldwide, and we will be entitled to the unrestricted use of the submission for any purpose, without compensation or notification to the provider, we request that you refrain from submitting creative projects to us. This also aims to avoid ownership claims where a user submits an idea that was already being developed by the author or publisher.

Please note that if submit information for publication, that information can be collected and used by third parties. You disclose such information at your own risk.

We reserve the right to determine which submissions are posted on the site, and reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity, or any other purposes.

Releasing information to third parties
We are required to release specific information to comply with any valid legal inquiry or process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order. We may also release specific information in cases when there are threats to you or others. Further, the information you enter when making a purchase will be shared with payment processors, financial gateways, and your credit card company to authorize credit card payments. Such information may also be shared with necessary third parties solely for the purpose or carrying out the transactions.  Your credit card and/or payment vehicle information will be used for no other purchase than the purchase of the product that you have specified.

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The event and information are subject to change without notification. We will not be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused with your use of the author’s’ advice, marketing materials (including the Media Lobe materials), goods or services available on or site or provided to you at speaking events

Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty
Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, will we or any of our licensors or suppliers be liable for any special or consequential damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials or information on the sites, or any products or services provided pursuant to the sites, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

We cannot guarantee that the site is free of viruses, although every attempt is made to do so. We are not liable for information on linked sites. Under no circumstances will we be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage that is caused or alleged to have been caused to you in connection with your use of any content, goods or services available on any other site.

Although extensive efforts have been made in preparing the site and book, the author and publisher make no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the contents of the site or book and concedes that there may be mistakes. Web site references in the end notes may no longer be available at the time of publication. Names and details of companies and/or individuals may have been altered to conceal their identities.

The author and publisher specifically disclaims any implied warranties of suitability for a particular purpose or for a particular situation. The book is designed to provide information on the subject matter covered and is sold with the understanding that the author/publisher is not engaged in offering legal, psychological, employment, political, or management services. If legal, employment, or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Neither the publisher nor author shall be liable for any loss or damage caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly, by the information contained in this book, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages. You alone are responsible and accountable for your decisions and actions and by your use of the sites or by reading the book, you agree not to attempt to hold us liable for any such decisions, actions or results, at any time, under any circumstance.

If you do not wish to be bound by the above regarding the book and have purchased a book, return the book undamaged to the publisher within 10 days of purchase for a full refund.

These terms will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree that any action at law or in equity that arises out of or relates to these terms will be subject to binding arbitration in the State of Illinois. If any of these terms of use are found unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be considered severable from the remaining terms of use, and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. This is the entire agreement of terms of use between you and us relating to the subject matter it contains. This agreement may be modified only by our posting of changes to these terms of use, or by a writing signed by both parties.  Policies may be revised at any time.

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