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Terms Of Use

PLEASE REVIEW BEFORE USING THIS SITE

Universal HDD™ and its affiliates, provide this Web site (the "Site") as a service to its customers and other members of the horizontal directional drilling industry. By using the Site, you agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS OF USE, DO NOT USE THE SITE. Universal HDD may change these Terms of Use from time to time, at UNIVERSAL HDD's sole discretion. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of such changes will constitute your assent to all such changes. Please periodically visit this section of the Site to review the current version of these Terms of Use. 
UNIVERSAL HDD also operates other Web sites which may be subject to their own terms. Please review those Web sites for their applicable terms of use.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

USE OF INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE SITE

You acknowledge that UNIVERSAL HDD reserves the right to modify, revise or discontinue the Site, or any features, functionality or services provided as part of or in connection with the Site, without prior notice.

Generally speaking, all information or materials contained on the Site (including but not limited to all graphics, images, video clips, audio, video, images, or other types of content) ("Site Information") is the property of UNIVERSAL HDD and/or its suppliers or licensors.

Unless otherwise noted in a particular document, UNIVERSAL HDD hereby authorizes you to electronically copy or print in hard copy any document published by UNIVERSAL HDD on the Site solely for your internal reference purposes within your organization. In consideration of and as a condition to this authorization, you agree that all such copies shall retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein.

Any other use of information provided by UNIVERSAL HDD without prior written approval from UNIVERSAL HDD or the appropriate supplier or licensor is strictly prohibited.

Certain documents published on the Site may contain other restrictions, proprietary notices and/or copyright information relating to that individual document, including but not limited to notices that limit or prohibit your ability to make copies of that document. Please review all additional notices before making any copies.

Nothing contained in these Terms of Use shall be construed as conferring by implication, estoppel or otherwise any license or right under any patent, copyright or trademark of UNIVERSAL HDD, its suppliers or licensors, or any other third party.

EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN THE SITE, YOU MAY NOT DISTRIBUTE, EXCHANGE, MODIFY, SELL OR TRANSMIT ANYTHING YOU COPY FROM THE SITE. UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE MATERIALS OR INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE CRIMINAL OR CIVIL LAWS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK, OR PRIVACY LAWS.

DESIGN AND LAYOUT

The design of the Site is the property of UNIVERSAL HDD. Elements of the Site, including but not limited to logos, graphics, sounds or images, are protected by copyright, and other laws, and may not be copied or imitated, unless specifically indicated.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

Any links to other sites are provided solely for your convenience. Such sites are not under the control of UNIVERSAL HDD, and UNIVERSAL HDD is not responsible for their content, any changes or updates to them, or the collection of any personal data or information by the operators of such sites.

USER PRIVACY INFORMATION

In general, people may visit the Site while remaining anonymous and not revealing any personal information. UNIVERSAL HDD does use "cookie" technology to obtain non-personal information from its on-line visitors, and to provide customization options at login, or to keep track of where you are in the Site in order to provide the correct customization options when you use the Site. In addition, you may be required to provide certain personal information, such as your name, address, and email, before you can participate in certain portions of the Site. UNIVERSAL HDD does not, without your permission, sell to third parties information you have submitted to this Site that identifies you personally. For a complete description of how UNIVERSAL HDD uses cookies or the information collected from the Site, please see UNIVERSAL HDD's Privacy Policy applicable to the Site, which is incorporated into these Terms of Use by reference.

UNIVERSAL HDD intends to cooperate with any order or request from law enforcement officials or a court of competent jurisdiction for information as to the identity individuals submitting or posting information to UNIVERSAL HDD or on the Site.

USER FEEDBACK AND IMPROPER TRANSMISSIONS

Except for Posted Information or personal information, if you transmit to or otherwise provide to UNIVERSAL HDD any feedback (such as questions, comments, suggestions, or the like) or data or materials ("User Feedback"), such User Feedback shall be deemed to be non-confidential and non-proprietary. UNIVERSAL HDD shall have no obligation of any kind with respect to such User Feedback and shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose, modify, display and distribute the User Feedback to others without limitation. By transmitting such User Feedback to UNIVERSAL HDD, you are deemed to grant to UNIVERSAL HDD a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive license (with rights to sublicense) to use any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in such User Feedback for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing, manufacturing and marketing products incorporating such User Feedback. 
You are prohibited from posting or transmitting to the Site any unsolicited chain letters or "spam", or any threatening, harassing, libelous, false, defamatory, offensive, obscene, or pornographic material, or other material that would violate any applicable law or regulation, including but not limited to any federal or state laws or regulations governing equal employment opportunities. However, if such communications do occur, UNIVERSAL HDD will have no liability related to the content of any such communications.

Except where such information qualifies as Posted Information, you may not post or transmit to the Site any advertising, surveys, promotional materials, contests, or any other commercial or non-commercial solicitations.

You are also prohibited from impersonating any individual. Member accounts must be opened using real names and other requested information.

DELETION AND LOCKOUT

Failure to adhere to any of these Terms of Use may result in messages and/or Posted Information being blocked, deleted from the Site and possible lockout. UNIVERSAL HDD also reserves the right to take any actions it deems necessary or appropriate to protect the Site and its content.

INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION

The Site may provide access to international data about UNIVERSAL HDD, its suppliers or licensors, or other third parties, and therefore, may contain references or cross references to products, programs, and services that are not available in your country. Such references do not imply that UNIVERSAL HDD, its suppliers or licensors, or other third parties intend to make available such products, programs or services in your country.

CONTESTS/SWEEPSTAKES

From time to time, you may be invited to participate in contests, sweepstakes, or similar events. Such events may require you to submit personal information to participate. Each event shall be subject to separate rules, and you should review all applicable rules before participating. Please see the Privacy Policy for additional detail. Posting by UNIVERSAL HDD of a contest, sweepstake or similar event on the Site does not mean that it is applicable to your jurisdiction.

LINKING AND FRAMING

You are permitted to view the Site only in its full presentation form and are prohibited from "framing" the Site.

VIOLATION OF TERMS OF USE

You acknowledge that UNIVERSAL HDD has the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site, without liability to you or any third party, if you violate any of these Terms of Use, violate the rights of UNIVERSAL HDD, interfere with any other user's access or use of the Site, or if Universal HDD decides that your use is otherwise detrimental to Universal HDD, the Site, or Universal HDD's suppliers or licensors. If you believe that someone has violated these Terms of Use, you may contact UNIVERSAL HDD at webmaster@unihdd.com. UNIVERSAL HDD may decide, in its discretion, to investigate the report and decide, in its sole discretion, to take any action relating to that report. UNIVERSAL HDD does not have any obligation or liability to you for the performance or nonperformance of those activities.

SITE SERVICES

UNIVERSAL HDD may, from time to time, offer through the Site certain services that may be subject to their own specific terms and conditions ("Service Terms and Conditions"). In the event of any conflict between those Service Terms and Conditions and these Terms of Use, the applicable Service Terms and Conditions shall control. Please be sure to review any applicable Service Terms and Conditions before making use of a Site service.

GENERAL

These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Illinois, without regard to the rules of conflict which may cause the laws of another jurisdiction to apply. You agree to the sole and exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal or state courts of the Commonwealth of Illinois in the event of any dispute of any kind arising from or relating to the Site, or your use or review of it. The failure of UNIVERSAL HDD to enforce any provision or right of these Terms of Use will not constitute a waiver of such provision or right. These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and replaces all prior or contemporaneous understandings or agreements, written or oral, regarding such subject matter. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision or portion of these Terms of Use to be unenforceable, the remainder of these Terms of Use will continue in full force and effect.

DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, LIMITATIONS, INDEMNIFICATION

For avoidance of doubt, please note that the term "Site" as used in this section encompasses all content of this Site whatsoever, including but not limited to Posted Information.

DISCLAIMERS

THE SITE IS PROVIDED BY UNIVERSAL HDD "AS IS" AND WITH ALL FAULTS. UNIVERSAL HDD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WITH REGARD TO THE SITE, ITS CONTENTS, ITS OPERATION, OR ITS PRIVACY POLICY. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, UNIVERSAL HDD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATES DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. 
WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, UNIVERSAL HDD SPECIFICALLY STATES THAT THE USE OF THE SITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. UNIVERSAL HDD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATES DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO THE OPERATION OF THE SITE, THE ACCURACY OR TIMELINESS OF THE SITE, OR ITS CONTENTS OR THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN, ANY WARRANTY THAT THE SITE OR ITS CONTENTS OR THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN WILL BE FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES OR OTHER COMPONENTS THAT MAY INFECT, HARM, OR CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR ANY OTHER PROPERTY, OR ANY WARRANTY THAT YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR ITS CONTENT OR THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS CONTAINED HEREIN WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, UNIVERSAL HDD SPECIFICALLY INFORMS YOU THAT UNIVERSAL HDD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATES MAKE NO WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, OR GUARANTEES AS TO THE ACCURACY, TRUTHFULNESS, OR RELIABILITY OF ANY POSTED INFORMATION.

EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL UNIVERSAL HDD OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AND AFFILIATES OR THEIR SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, ECONOMIC OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF DATA OR LOSS OF USE DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS) ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE SITE (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ITS OPERATION, ITS CONTENTS OR THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN, OR THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, OR THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY OTHER SITE LINKED TO THE SITE, OR ANY CONTENT CONTAINED IN ANY SUCH SITE, OR THESE TERMS OF USE, OR THE PRIVACY POLICY APPLICABLE TO THIS SITE) EVEN IF UNIVERSAL HDD AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, THEIR SUPPLIERS, OR LICENSORS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE RESPECTIVE LIABILITY OF UNIVERSAL HDD, AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND AFFILIATES, AND THEIR SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend UNIVERSAL HDD and its licensors, suppliers, officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, subsidiaries (collectively "Indemnified Parties") from and against any and all liability, loss, claim, damages, expense, or cost (including but not limited to attorneys' fees), incurred by or made against the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising from or related to your use of Site, the placement, posting or transmission of any messages, information, software, content or other materials on or through the Site by you or users of your account, or any breach or violation of these Terms of Use by you or users of your account. You agree to fully cooperate as reasonably required by an Indemnified Party(ies). Each Indemnified Party may, at its own expense, assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which it is indemnified hereunder. You shall not settle any matter without the consent of the applicable Indemnified Party.

Last Updated: February 20, 2009