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Trademarks, Copyrights and Restrictions

© 2010 SNI/SI Networks L.L.C. All rights reserved. The Smithsonian Channel is a trademark of Smithsonian Institution. SNI/SI Networks L.L.C., a joint venture of Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks Inc., is an authorized user.

All material on this site, including, but not limited to images, illustrations, audio clips, and video clips (collectively, the "Material") is protected by copyrights owned or controlled by SNI/SI Networks L.L.C. UNAUTHORIZED COPYING, REPRODUCTION, REPUBLISHING, UPLOADING, DOWNLOADING, POSTING, TRANSMITTING OR DUPLICATING OF ANY OF THE MATERIAL, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IS PROHIBITED. Any unauthorized use may subject the offender to civil liability and criminal prosecution under applicable federal and state law.

Your use of this site constitutes your agreement to abide by these Terms of Use. SNI/SI Networks L.L.C., its parent, sister, subsidiary and affiliated companies, as well as their agents and assignees, as applicable ("The Smithsonian Channel"), reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify, alter or otherwise update these Terms of Use at any time and you agree to be bound by such modifications, alterations or updates. You agree to review these Terms of Use on a periodic basis.

The Smithsonian Channel hereby grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-assignable and non-transferable license to use and display, for home, noncommercial and personal use only, one copy of any Material and/or software that you may download from this site, including, but not limited to, any files, codes, audio or images incorporated in or generated by the software (collectively, the "Downloaded Material") provided, however, that you must maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Downloaded Material. You acknowledge and agree that you may not sublicense, assign or otherwise transfer this license or the Downloaded Material and that no title to the Downloaded Material has been or will be transferred to you from The Smithsonian Channel or anyone else. You also agree that you will not alter, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer or otherwise modify the Downloaded Material.

Academy Awards is a registered trademark and service mark of A.M.P.A.S.

Oscar is a registered trademark and service mark of A.M.P.A.S.

Emmy is a registered trademark of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Submissions Policy

Although we welcome your comments to our programming and this site, The Smithsonian Channel does not accept unsolicited submissions for its shows, sites and other products through this site. Therefore, please do not make any such submissions to The Smithsonian Channel, including story ideas, character ideas, plot suggestions, set or costume designs, or scripts, through this site. The Smithsonian Channel will not review any such submissions. While we appreciate your comments, The Smithsonian Channel cannot make a guarantee that it will respond to your messages. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you do send us a submission, you agree not to assert any ownership right of any kind in the submission (including, but not limited to copyright, trademark, unfair competition, moral rights, or implied contract) and you waive the right to receive any financial or other consideration in connection with such unsolicited submission including, but not limited to, credit.

Linked Sites

The Smithsonian Channel is not necessarily affiliated with sites which may be linked to this site and is not responsible for their content ("Linked Sites"). The Linked Sites are for your convenience only and you access them at your own risk. The Smithsonian Channel does not endorse any of the content that resides on any Linked Site(s).

Disclaimers and Limitations on Liability

The Smithsonian Channel is not responsible or liable for any infections or contamination of your system or delays, inaccuracies, errors, or omissions arising out of your use of this site or with respect to the Material contained on this site. This site and all Material contained on it are distributed and transmitted "as is" without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk as to the quality, accuracy, adequacy, completeness, correctness and validity of any material rests with you. The Smithsonian Channel is not responsible for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages that may result from the use of, or the inability to use, the Material contained on this site whether the Material is provided or otherwise supplied by The Smithsonian Channel or anyone else. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no event shall The Smithsonian Channel’ total liability to you for any and all claims, damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract or tort or otherwise) exceed the amount paid by you, if any, for accessing this site.

Rules for Bulletin Boards and Chatrooms

Any Bulletin Boards, Chat Rooms, or other forums conducted on this site ("Forums") are dedicated to providing an opportunity for users to exchange ideas and opinions. As such, any comments, ideas, opinions, advice, concepts, stories, visual images, information or other content (collectively, the "Comments") appearing within any such Forum do not necessarily come from or reflect the views or opinions of Showtime. The Smithsonian Channel makes no warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any Comments nor their merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. Further, The Smithsonian Channel assumes no responsibility or liability for the Comments, nor for any claims, damages, or losses resulting from any use of the Forums or the Comments.

By communication with a Forum, you hereby represent that you have all necessary rights in the Comments that you have provided, transmitted or sent to this site, and you hereby authorize The Smithsonian Channel to use, and/or authorize others to use, any such Comments in any manner The Smithsonian Channel sees fit, in any medium for no compensation. IN OTHER WORDS, WE MAY WANT TO USE WHAT YOU SAY FOR THINGS LIKE PORTIONS OF OUR CHATS OR ON ONE OF OUR PROGRAM SERVICES, AND BY PUTTING IT HERE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO LET US USE IT ANY WAY WE WANT FOR NO COMPENSATION. You shall not upload, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish through such Forums any content which:

  1. libels, defames, or is obscene, pornographic, abusive, or threatening;
  2. infringes any intellectual property right of any entity or person, including, but not limited to violating anyone's copyrights or trademarks;
  3. violates any law;
  4. advocates illegal activity;
  5. advertises or otherwise solicits funds or is a solicitation for goods or services.

You agree to indemnify The Smithsonian Channel for any and all claims, damages, losses, and causes of action arising out of your publication or transmittal of any Comments or your failure to comply with these Terms of Use. While The Smithsonian Channel does not and cannot review every message posted by users in the Forums and is not responsible for the content of these messages, The Smithsonian Channel reserves the right to delete, move, or edit messages that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.

On notice, we will act expeditiously to remove content on this site that infringes the copyright rights of others and will disable the access to this site and its services of anyone who uses them to repeatedly to infringe the intellectual property rights of others.

If you believe that this site contains elements that infringe your copyrights in your work, please follow our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement. Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512©(2), all notifications of claimed copyright infringement on this site should be sent ONLY to our Designated Agent.

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED SOLELY FOR NOTIFYING THE SERVICE PROVIDERS REFERENCED BELOW THAT YOUR COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL MAY HAVE BEEN INFRINGED.

DO NOT SEND ANY INQUIRIES UNRELATED TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT (e.g., REQUESTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OR CUSTOMER SERVICE, REPORTS OR E-MAIL ABUSE, etc.) TO THE CONTACT LISTED BELOW. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE IF SENT TO THAT CONTACT. WE CAUTION YOU THAT UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY CIVIL PENALTIES. THESE INCLUDE MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS FEES INCURRED BY US, BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER, OR BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER’S LICENSEE THAT IS INJURED AS A RESULT OF OUR RELYING UPON YOUR MISREPRESENTATION. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY.

Written notification must be submitted to the following Designated Agent: Service Provider(s): SNI/SI Networks L.L.C.

Name of Agent Designated to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement: Arlen Appelbaum

Full Address of Designated Agent to Which Notification Should be Sent:

1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019, USA

Telephone Number of Designated Agent: (212) 708-1600

Facsimile Number of Designated Agent: (212) 708-3234

Email Address of Designated Agent: daclaims@showtime.net

Under Title 17, United States Code, Section 512©(3)(A), the Notification of Claimed Infringement must include the following:

  1. An electronic or physical signature of the owner or of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work (or works) that you claim has been infringed;
  3. A description of the material that you claim is infringing, and the location where the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists (for example, the URL of the page of the website where it is lawfully posted; the name, edition and pages of a book from which an excerpt was copied, etc.);
  4. A clear description of where the infringing material is located on our website, including as applicable its URL, so that we can locate the material;
  5. Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
  6. A statement that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  7. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.

Other

This site is controlled and operated by The Smithsonian Channel from its offices in the State of New York, United States of America. The Smithsonian Channel makes no representations that materials in this site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access this site from other locations do so at their own risk and are responsible for compliance with any and all local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable. No software from this site may be downloaded, exported or reexported into (or to a national or resident of) any countries that are subject to U.S. export restrictions.

This agreement shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such State. Any action you bring to enforce this agreement or any matters related to this site shall be brought in either the State or Federal Courts located in New York City, New York. If any provision of this agreement is void or unenforceable in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby.