NEWTON Legal Agreement
Welcome to NEWTON, a website run by the Communication, Education, and Public Relations Division (CEP) at Argonne National Laboratory. This service was established in November, 1991 as an electronic bulletin board system.
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is located approximately 40 km (25 miles) southwest of downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA. ANL is a multipurpose research laboratory, owned and operated by
The University of Chicago, for the United States Department of Energy (US-DOE).
The Educational Programs Group of the Communication, Education, and Public Relations Division (CEP-EDU) promotes science education, both at
Argonne and around the world, by sponsoring educators and students for ANL
appointments and many other educational experiences (i.e., workshops, fairs,
The success of NEWTON completely relies on its users.
NEWTON is an educational community. As part of this community, all NEWTON users must obey certain rules. These rules fall into two major categories: legal and social. As a user of telecommunications, computers, and the web, certain rules (laws) govern your rights and the rights of the operators.
These laws are local, state, federal, and in many cases international. All of these laws apply to NEWTON users.
Some examples of areas these laws cover are: copyright, abuse (verbal/written/drawn), and threats. NEWTON is operated by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Argonne is operated by The University of Chicago for the U.S. Department of Energy under contract W-31-109-ENG-38.
As such the following rules apply:
- Only acceptable language and content will be permitted in all areas.
- All content submitted must be educationally appropriate.
- Users must not abuse their privileges of open and free access to NEWTON.
- Users must sign on with their real name.
- The user is responsible for the verification of ownership and copyright of all original or altered uploaded/downloaded content and other information on this system. The NEWTON System Operators reserve the right to revoke access to the site to any users.
The NEWTON Staff reserves the right to inspect and remove private e-mail, chat, and other forms of person to person communication (e.g. - files) if either party to the communications is suspected of violating any rule.
The NEWTON Staff reserves the right to inspect, remove, and edit any forms of communication if the communication is suspected of violating any of the rules.
Disclaimer of Liability:
Documents available from this server were prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the U.S. Government. Neither the U.S. Government nor any agency thereof, nor the University of Chicago, nor any of their employees or officers, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.
You agree that we will not be responsible to you for any indirect, consequential, special or punitive damages or losses you may incur in connection with our system or any of the data or other materials transmitted through or residing on our system, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damage or loss.
In addition, you agree to defend and indemnify us and hold us harmless from and against any and all claims, proceedings, damages, injuries, liabilities, losses, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) relating to any acts by you or materials or information transmitted by you in connection with our system leading wholly or partially to claims against us or our system by other callers or third parties.
Disclaimer of Endorsement:
Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the U.S. Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of document and message authors do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government or any agency thereof, Argonne National Laboratory, or the University of Chicago.
Copyright Status: ANL owns certain things you will find on this system, including the look and feel of the system, the name of our system, and the collective work copyright in sequences of public messages on our system. Documents and Messages authored by Argonne National Laboratory employees resulted from work under U.S. Government contract W-31-109-ENG-38 and are subject to the following license: the Government is granted for itself and others acting on its behalf a paid-up, nonexclusive, irrevocable worldwide license in these documents to reproduce, prepare derivative works, and perform publicly and display publicly by or on behalf of the Government.
Users may download materials from NEWTON with the understanding that the ownership of all materials must be identified even if the materials are modified for personal use. The US-DOE, ANL, CEP, CEP-EDU, and the NEWTON Staff cannot assume any responsibility for uploaded materials that are copyrighted by other entities.
Warning: Any unauthorized access to this system is prohibited and is subject to criminal and civil penalties under Federal Laws (including but not limited to Public Laws 83-703 and 99-474). Individuals using this system are subject to having all activities on this system monitored by system or security personnel. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring.
By going ahead and using NEWTON you are agreeing
with everything above.
Also, you are notified that this agreement may change at
any time and your continued use of NEWTON after changes certifies your
agreement to the changes.
Please send questions or comments regarding
information in this agreement to: help@ newton.dep.anl.gov.
Update: June 2012