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OSTIblog Terms of Use

by on Thu, May 02, 2013

Terms of Use

Welcome to the OSTIblog at WWW.OSTI.GOV/OSTIblog!

We need to make clear our respective rights and responsibilities related to this service. We (“OSTI”) offer these services (the “Services”) to you subject to the terms and conditions of use (“Terms”) contained herein. By accessing, creating or contributing to any blogs hosted at, and in consideration for the Services we provide to you, you agree to abide by these Terms. Please read them carefully before posting to or creating any blog.

1. Rights in the Content You Submit

You permit anyone to copy, distribute, display and perform your Content, royalty-free, on the condition that they credit your authorship each time they do so. You also permit others to distribute derivative works of your Content.

Amongst other things, the OSTIblog permits RSS aggregators to copy, distribute, display and perform any Content on the OSTIblog that we syndicate using RSS.  Almost all Content on the OSTIblog is syndicated for RSS aggregation.

2. Conduct


We reserve the right to remove certain content that you may post.  You may post content to the OSTIblog, so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable.

You may not use the OSTIblog pages or the Deptartment of Energy ("DOE") or Office of Scientific and Technical Information ("OSTI") to endorse or promote any product, opinion, cause or political candidate. Representation of your personal opinions as institutionally endorsed by OSTIblog is strictly prohibited.

By posting content to the OSTIblog, you warrant and represent that you either own or otherwise control all of the rights to that content, including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the content, or that your use of the content is a protected fair use. You agree that you will not knowingly and with intent to defraud provide material and misleading false information. You represent and warrant also that the content you supply does not violate these Terms, and that you will indemnify and hold DOE / OSTI harmless for any and all claims resulting from content you supply.

You acknowledge that DOE / OSTI shall have the right to remove in its sole discretion any content that it considers to violate these Terms or the terms of use for a government computer system.


You understand that all content posted to is the sole responsibility of the individual who originally posted the content. You understand, also, that all opinions expressed by users of this site are expressed strictly in their individual capacities, and not as representatives of DOE / OSTI.

You agree that DOE / OSTI will not be liable, under any circumstances and in any way, for any errors or omissions, loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of use of any content posted on this site. You agree that you must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such content.


Collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 is prohibited. No Content should be directed toward such children.

3. Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

This site is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. DOE / OSTI makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the site’s operation or the information, content or materials included on this site. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, DOE / OSTI hereby disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. DOE / OSTI will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of or inability to use this site. You expressly agree that you use this site solely at your own risk.

4. Privacy Policy

Please be sure to read our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference.

5. Modification of These Terms of Use

DOE / OSTI reserves the right to change, at any time, at our sole discretion, the Terms under which these Services are offered. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your agreement to all such Terms.

6. Copyright Complaints

DOE / OSTI respects the intellectual property of others, and requires that our users do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on this site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please follow our contact link for reporting copyright infringements.

By clicking on the link below, you acknowledge that you have read and are bound by this agreement, as well as any other government network usage agreements that may govern the OSTIblog. Thank you for participating in the OSTIblog discussion.  Contact us if you have questions.


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