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SASProfessionals.net Terms of Use


These Terms of Use were last updated on 20th January 2012.

THIS SITE IS A COLLABORATIVE AREA FOR USERS RELATED TO SOFTWARE AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY SAS SOFTWARE LIMITED ("SAS UK"). BY VISITING THIS SITE INCLUDING THE WEB PAGES TO WHICH THE SITE GIVES YOU ACCESS ("THE NETWORK") YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THESE "TERMS OF USE" IN ADDITION TO THE TERMS OF SERVICE PROVIDED BY OUR THIRD PARTY PLATFORM PROVIDER NING WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE. TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS, CLICK "AGREE". IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT CLICK "AGREE", AND DO NOT ACCESS THE NETWORK.

  1. SAS UK operates the website http://www.sasprofessionals.net. We are SAS Software Limited, a company registered in England and Wales under company number 01316437 and with our registered and trading office at Wittington House, Henley Road, Medmenham, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2EB. Our VAT number is GB347347538. If you want to contact us you can contact us by email at sasprofessionals@suk.sas.com or by post made for the attention of 'Marketing' and sent to our registered office address.
  2. The Network should not be used as a forum for political solicitations, endorsements, or themes. You may not post content which SAS UK may consider obscene, hateful, misleading, unlawful or violent. You may not use the Network to solicit or achieve commercial gain. This includes but is not limited to activities including recruitment, advertising, selling, buying, or trade of any kind. You agree not to harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, or to use the Network or information obtained from the Network to send other users unsolicited email or other communications of any kind. You agree that you will not knowingly or negligently provide material and misleading information, including disguising the origin of your content or misrepresenting your affiliation or identity.
  3. By becoming a member of SAS Professionals you are able to join and continue to be a member of the SAS Expert Channel Group ("Expert Channel") which is part of the Network, at SAS UK's sole discretion. The Expert Channel is a website on which users may access webinars and/or other materials delivered by SAS individuals or other participants of the site, and various other SAS related programmes, live and/or on demand. The Expert Channel provides a facility for users to ask questions to SAS UK individuals and other participants through email and/or by other means. The Expert Channel is intended for your personal, noncommercial, and internal use, and is provided for the purpose of general help, information, knowledge and awareness and is not meant to be relied on as technical support, or as a sole, exhaustive or specific source of information in relation to topics covered on the website.
  4. Use of the Expert Channel requires third party compatible devices, Internet access, and certain software (fees may apply); may require periodic updates; and may be affected by the performance of these factors. The basic technical requirements needed to gain access to the Expert Channel can be found here. High-speed Internet access is strongly recommended for regular use and is required for video. You agree that these requirements, which may change from time to time, are your responsibility. The Expert Channel is not part of any other product or offering, and no purchase or obtaining of any other product shall be construed to represent or guarantee you access to the Expert Channel.
  5. ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED ON OR THROUGH THE NETWORK, REGARDLESS OF SOURCE, IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL SAS UK OR ITS AFFILIATE COMPANIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUE, DATA OR USE, INCURRED BY YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION IN CONTRACT OR TORT, ARISING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO, OR USE OF THE NETWORK. Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that SAS UK and its affiliated companies will not be liable for any errors, omissions, loss, or damage of any kind incurred as a result of your use of the Network or your use of any posted content. 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. You represent and warrant that the content you supply does not violate these Terms of Use. You agree to indemnify and hold SAS UK and its affiliated companies harmless for any and all claims or demands, including reasonable attorneys' fees, that arise from or otherwise relate to your use of the Network, including any content you supply, or your violation of these Terms of Use or the rights of another.
  6. Contents of the Network do not represent SAS UK's position regarding any issue or event being discussed. The opinions, ideas and strategies expressed are those of the authors of each post, comment and/or contribution and do not reflect the views of SAS UK. Any comment and/or contribution posted by a SAS UK employee or other representative shall not be taken to represent SAS UK's view on the subject matter (or be regarded in any way to be authorised or endorsed by SAS UK).
  7. As a registered user of the Network, you may establish an account ("Account"). Don't reveal your Account information to anyone else. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality and security of your Account and for all activities that occur on or through your Account, and you agree to immediately notify SAS UK of any security breach of your Account. SAS UK SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSSES ARISING OUT OF THE UNAUTHORISED USE OF YOUR ACCOUNT. SAS UK may disable your access to the Network for breach of these terms. You agree to provide accurate and complete information when you register with, and as you use, the Network ("Registration Data"), and you agree to update your Registration Data to keep it accurate and complete. You agree that third party payment processors may store and use the Registration Data you provide for use in maintaining and billing fees to your Account.
  8. Your Network user profile may contain your picture. By joining the Network, SAS UK (in administering the site) and members of the Network will be able to view your picture. You consent to this use of your picture. If you do not want your picture to appear on your profile you can change your profile and/or Account security settings at any time. You understand and agree that your use of interactive features on the Network and sharing of your personal information via such features, constitutes your consent for that information to be used by others in accordance with these terms. Such information shall not be subject to the SAS Privacy Policy. You warrant that your Network user profile picture will comply with these Terms of Use. In particular, you warrant that your Network user profile picture will not infringe any third-party intellectual property rights.
  9. By posting your content, you warrant and represent that you have all requisite rights to make such content available, 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 dealing, and that such content is not confidential. If you are using the Network on behalf of your employer (including via the use of your employer's assets and systems), you represent and warrant that you are authorised to accept these Terms of Use on your employer's behalf, and that your employer agrees to indemnify you and SAS UK for violations of these Terms of Use. By posting your content, you further represent and warrant that you have reviewed and are in compliance with all applicable policies of your employer and/or the entity or individual that owns or controls the content you are posting. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that your postings do not disclose confidential and/or proprietary information (either your own or any third party's) that you may control or have in your possession, including information covered by a nondisclosure agreement, that you are not authorised to disclose. You are prohibited from posting any encryption technology (or know-how), or encryption software on the Network. You shall not do anything (or omit to do anything) which shall cause SAS UK to be liable to Ning, Inc. under the Ning Terms of Service. You shall not do anything (or omit to do anything) which shall cause SAS UK to be liable to any third party.
  10. You shall not copy materials provided by SAS UK that appear on the site ("Materials"). You agree not to violate, circumvent, reverse-engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise tamper with any of the security technology related to the Network or Network content (including the Materials) for any reason, or to attempt or assist another person to do so. You agree not to access the Network by any means other than in accordance with these Terms of Use. You shall not access or attempt to access an Account that you are not authorised to access. Violations of system or network security may result in civil or criminal liability.
  11. You agree that the Network, including but not limited to the graphics, user interface, audio clips, video clips, editorial content, and the scripts and software used to implement the Network, contains proprietary information and material that is owned by SAS UK and/or its licensors, and is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws, including but not limited to copyright. You agree that you will not use such proprietary information or materials in any way whatsoever except for use of the Network in compliance with these Terms of Use. No portion of the Network or Network content (including the Materials) may be reproduced in any form or by any means, except as expressly permitted in these terms. You agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, or create derivative works based on the Network in any manner, and you shall not exploit the Network in any unauthorised way whatsoever, including, but not limited to, by trespass or burdening network capacity.
  12. All copyright in and to the Network and Network content (including the compilation of content, links to other Internet resources, descriptions of those resources and Materials) and related software are owned by SAS UK and/or its third-party licensors, who reserve all their rights in law and equity. THE USE OF ANY PART OF THE NETWORK, EXCEPT FOR USE OF THE NETWORK AS PERMITTED IN THESE TERMS OF USE, IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND ANY SUCH USE NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE TERMS OF USE MAY INFRINGE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND MAY SUBJECT YOU TO CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES, INCLUDING POSSIBLE MONETARY DAMAGES, FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
  13. Certain content available via the Network may include materials from third parties. SAS UK or other users may provide links to third-party websites as a convenience to you. You agree that SAS UK is not responsible for examining or evaluating their content or accuracy and SAS UK does not warrant and will not have any liability or responsibility for any third-party materials or websites, or for any other materials, products, or services of third parties. You agree that you will not use any third-party materials in a manner that would infringe or violate the rights of any other party and that SAS UK is not in any way responsible for any such use by you.
  14. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANY CONTENT SUBMITTED BY YOU MAY BE DISTRIBUTED BY OTHER USERS OF THE SITE AND MAY BE TRANSFERRED/LINKED OUTSIDE THE SITE BY OTHER USERS. SAS UK SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SUCH ACTION NOR SHALL SAS UK HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY TO PREVENT THE USERS FROM DOING ANYTHING OF THIS NATURE.
  15. YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY SAS UK FROM AND AGAINST ANY ACTION OR LIABILITY IN RELATION TO BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS AND/OR VIOLATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WHICH ARISES DUE TO YOUR ACTIONS OR OMISSIONS. YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY SAS UK FROM ANY AND ALL ACTION, LOSS OR LIABILITY WHICH RELATES TO OR IS CAUSED BY YOUR POSTINGS OR INVOLVEMENT IN THE NETWORK OR BY YOUR OTHER ACTIONS/OMISSIONS/STATEMENTS. YOU FURTHER AGREE TO INDEMNIFY SAS UK AGAINST DATA PROTECTION AND DATA PRIVACY LIABILITY WHICH ARISES DUE TO YOUR ACTIONS OR OMISSIONS.
  16. You are solely responsible for your contributions to the Network and SAS UK disclaims all liability for any harm caused by your contributions. SAS UK is acting as the Network Creator (as defined by the Ning Terms of Service) and therefore SAS UK reserves the right to decide/determine (at our sole discretion and without the need to provide notice) all such conditions which the Terms of Use permits us to determine. You hereby agree that as the Network Creator and the facilitator of the Network, SAS UK has very limited control on any postings you make. Therefore, you are solely responsible for all content, intellectual property, data protection, confidentiality and/or any other obligations as to materials you post, and SAS UK disclaims all liability to you or any third party for your actions. SAS UK disclaims all liability (excepting liability for death or personal injury caused by SAS UK's negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation or for any other matter for which it would be illegal or unlawful for us to exclude or attempt to exclude our liability) arising from your use or participation in the Network.
  17. The Network is available for individuals aged 18 years or older. By using the Network you warrant to SAS UK that you are 18 years or older.You agree not to post any Personal Data (within definition of Data Protection Act 1998 or any other applicable privacy law or regulation). Further, you acknowledge that contents you post on the Network will be available (and transmitted) outside of the European Economic Area.
  18. Unless otherwise indicated in an appropriate notation accompanying your content, by posting your content, you are granting SAS UK and all other users an unrestricted, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and fully transferable, assignable, and sublicensable right and license to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create collective or derivative works from, distribute, perform and display your content in whole or in part and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed. You further warrant that all moral rights in the content have been waived.
  19. You agree not to post, link to, or otherwise transmit software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment. 20. You shall not hold yourself out to be a representative of SAS UK or speak on SAS UK's behalf, nor will you use any of the branding, trademarks, trade names, signs or logos used by SAS UK or its affiliates, whether or not same are displayed on the Network. You may not use SAS UK's name to endorse or promote any product, opinion, or cause.
  20. You shall not hold yourself out to be a representative of SAS UK or speak on SAS UK's behalf, nor will you use any of the branding, trademarks, trade names, signs or logos used by SAS UK or its affiliates, whether or not same are displayed on the Network. You may not use SAS UK's name to endorse or promote any product, opinion, or cause.
  21. SAS UK shall have the right to but shall not be obligated to monitor any of the postings made on the Network and therefore SAS UK makes no guarantees about the contents of any posts or the length of time during which any particular comment (or group of comments) may remain available. Notwithstanding the foregoing, SAS UK reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, to publish, or not to publish your content. SAS UK reserves the right to delete (in part or in whole) any content submitted by you or any user, or any Materials, without any notice. SAS UK further reserves the right to terminate your access to the Network without notice and at its sole discretion. SAS UK also reserves all of its legal rights which may be applicable.
  22. SAS UK does not guarantee that the Network shall be available without interruptions or that the Network shall continue to operate for any period of time.
  23. SAS UK may update these Terms of Use from time to time and you agree to comply with such updates as and when they are made. You will know when these Terms of Use were last updated by looking at the date on which they were last updated (at the top of these Terms of Use) but you will not be provided with notice of such updates. You agree to check the Terms of Use on a periodic basis. Your continued use of the Network after the date of such updates will be deemed to be your acceptance of such updates. If any provision of these Terms of Use is held to be unlawful, void, or unenforceable by any court having competent jurisdiction, then such provision shall be severable without affecting the enforceability of all remaining provisions, which shall remain in full force and effect.
  24. Any offer proposed by SAS UK on the Network is meant and shall be taken as an invitation to tender. Any such invitation to tender made on the Network may at any time be amended, modified or withdrawn by SAS UK at its sole discretion. Any such invitation to tender made on the Network is subject to a valid contract being signed. Terms of such invitation to tender will not automatically form terms of such contract. You hereby acknowledge that you may not be entitled to such invitation to tender if you are entitled to any existing discounts or for any other special circumstances.
  25. The Network should not be used in place of Technical Support for software issues that require SAS action.
  26. You may not access, download, use or export the information, software, products or services contained on the Network in violation of applicable export laws or regulations, or in violation of any applicable local laws or regulations.
  27. Access to the Network from territories where the content of or participation in the Network may be illegal is prohibited. It is your sole responsibility to comply with applicable local laws. You agree to comply with all export laws and regulations and may not download or otherwise export, re-export, import, or distribute any Network content (including any software) or any underlying information or technology except in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of any country that may apply to the Network content. By accessing and downloading the Network content (including any software), you agree to the foregoing and represent and warrant that (1) you are not a party to whom access to the Network content is prohibited (including any software) and (2) you are not located in, under control of, or a national or resident of any country to which export of the Network content (including any software) is restricted by applicable laws and regulations, and (3) you will not share the Network content (including any software) with a party identified in this paragraph. You are solely responsible for compliance with the laws of your local jurisdiction and any other applicable laws regarding the import, export, or re-export of the Network content (including any software).
  28. In addition to these Terms of Use, you also agree to the Ning Terms of Service as provided by Ning and as updated by Ning from time to time.
  29. These Terms of Use and the Ning Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between you and SAS UK relating to the Network and governs your use of the Network, superseding any prior agreements relating to the Network between you and SAS UK. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate services, third-party content, or third-party software. If any part of these Terms of Use is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties, and if it cannot be construed in such way that portion shall be severed and the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. SAS UK's failure to enforce any right or provisions in these Terms of Use or the Ning Terms of Service will not constitute a waiver of such or any other provision. SAS UK will not be responsible for failures to fulfill any obligations due to causes beyond its control.
  30. The Network is operated by SAS UK from its offices in the United Kingdom. You agree to comply with all local, state, federal, and national laws, statutes, ordinances, and regulations that apply to your use of the Network. All transactions on the Network are governed by English law, without giving effect to conflict of law provisions. Your use of the Network may also be subject to other laws. You expressly agree that non-exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or dispute with SAS UK or relating in any way to your use of the Network resides in the courts of England and Wales although SAS UK retains the right to bring proceedings against you for breach of these terms in your country of residence or any other relevant country. No SAS employee or agent has the authority to vary these Terms of Use.
  31. SAS UK may notify you with respect to the Network by sending an email message to your Account email address or a letter via postal mail to your Account mailing address, or by a posting on the Network. Notices shall become effective immediately.
  32. SAS UK reserves the right to take steps SAS UK believes in its sole discretion are necessary or appropriate to enforce and/or verify compliance with any part of these Terms of Use. You agree that SAS UK has the right, without liability to you, to disclose any Registration Data and/or Account information to law enforcement authorities, government officials, and/or a third party, as SAS UK believes is reasonably necessary or appropriate to enforce and/or verify compliance with any part of these Terms of Use (including but not limited to SAS UK's right to cooperate with any legal process relating to your use of the Network and/or Network content, and/or a third-party claim that your use of the these Terms of Use and/or Network content is unlawful and/or infringes such third party's rights).

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