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The Math Forum web site and related publications are offered to further mathematics education, and fair use is encouraged. In order to manage and sustain these offerings, the following rules govern your use of the web site services and materials.

Plagiarism.

If you copy words, images, or other materials from our site and submit them as your own in homework assignments or scholarly papers, or use such materials without clearly acknowledging the Math Forum as their source, then you have plagiarized -- and may face disciplinary sanctions from your school.

For help recognizing plagiarism and avoiding it, please consult a site such as the Indiana University Writing Resources on Plagiarism. If you have further questions about plagiarism, please contact us.

Permission requests.

Any use, whether in print or electronic format, beyond that specified in the fair use guidelines issued by the U.S. Copyright Office, must have explicit permission and/or licensing from The Math Forum @ Drexel. All permission requests must be made prior to use. If your request is not covered in the guidelines that follow and if you have any question as to whether your use is fair use, you should contact The Math Forum for additional information and guidance at the address given below in the section "How to Request Copyright Permission."

Credit and copyright notice.

A statement such as the following must appear with all material used from Math Forum publications: "Reproduced with permission from Drexel University, copyright [year] by The Math Forum @ Drexel. All rights reserved."

Accompanying that statement of acknowledgement, please clearly display the Math Forum's mathforum.org domain name, and, on web pages, link to it. The statement and link may be combined: for example, "Reproduced with permission from Drexel University, copyright [year] by The Math Forum @ Drexel (http://mathforum.org/). All rights reserved."

Exclusions.

Permission does not automatically extend to any items identified as reprinted by permission of other publishers and copyright holders. Such items must be excluded from any print or electronic reproduction of the material unless separate permissions are obtained. It will be the responsibility of the user to identify such materials and obtain the permissions; whenever possible, The Math Forum permissions staff will assist in supplying addresses.

Links and Framing.

Links may be made to The Math Forum pages as long as it is clear that this content belongs to The Math Forum and the mathforum.org URLs associated with those linked pages are displayed. Similarly, The Math Forum's content may not be framed unless it is made clear that the content is hosted by The Math Forum and the URLs of the framed Math Forum pages are displayed.

Distance learning.

Materials reproduced for distance learning and correspondence courses are subject to the same restrictions as other permission requests.

Commercial use.

The use of Math Forum materials and services for commercial purposes may be accomplished by obtaining a license from Drexel University. Contact The Math Forum for more information at the address given below in the section "How to Request Copyright Permission."

Scholarly papers.

Writers of term papers, theses, dissertations, and other scholarly papers are permitted the fair use of limited excerpts from The Math Forum web site and publications, with appropriate citations.

In-service programs, school-based curriculum documents, and public education.

Individual web pages may be reproduced for distribution limited to participants in educational workshops, seminars, and other in-service programs. For in-service programs or workshops conducted as part of an official Math Forum meeting, handout copies for participants may be made. Individual web pages may be reproduced for distribution to teachers or parents in a school or district. In all cases, there may be no charge to the recipients beyond the direct cost of reproduction for the pages received. Copyright or credit may be reproduced.

Authors' use.

The authors of materials published on The Math Forum web site retain rights to the use of their own work without payment to The Math Forum. When reprinting or publishing Math Forum web pages of their own work, they must give the usual credit and copyright notification for The Math Forum web page where the material appeared, and notice to The Math Forum of this publication. Authors may make multiple copies (reprints) of their own work without additional notification to The Math Forum, but they must give appropriate credit and copyright notification.

Translations.

Electronic or print publication of translated versions of The Math Forum web resources and services are encouraged but require permission of The Math Forum.

Personal Uses Permitted.

You shall not post, publish, transmit, reproduce, distribute or in any way use or exploit any Math Forum web site materials for commercial purposes or otherwise use them in a manner that is inconsistent with these rules and regulations.

User's Obligation to Abide By Applicable Law.

In connection with the use of The Math Forum, you shall abide by all applicable federal, state or local laws, including those pertaining to such areas as libel, slander, defamation, trade libel, product disparagement, harassment, invasion of privacy, tort, obscenity, indecency, and copyright or trademark infringement ("Applicable Law").

Disclosure of Online Communications.

You are cautioned that any online communications may not be fully confidential. In addition, you should be aware that federal postal regulations do not protect electronic mail. You should be aware that some administrative personnel of The Math Forum may, in the course of their regular duties, have access to communications for technical or operational purposes. The Math Forum may also disclose any communications to the extent permitted or required by law.

Prohibition Against Software Tampering.

You shall not post, transmit or make available in any way through The Math Forum any software or other materials which contain a computer virus, trojan horse, timebomb, worm or device designed for software or network tampering. The Math Forum has no obligation to detect the presence of any software or network tampering. Any downloading of software or other materials or any other use of The Math Forum web site is at your risk, and you are advised to take adequate precautions to minimize any loss to your system caused by software or network tampering, including use of anti-virus programs and proper backup of files.

Prohibition Against Spidering or Scraping.

You may not use any program, script, robot or other automated material that interferes with, or denies service to, other users on any server or host.

Content of Information.

You are responsible for any information or material you put on The Math Forum site. The Math Forum has no obligation to, and does not in the normal course, monitor or control any material that is or becomes available on The Math Forum. The Math Forum reserves the right to review any material that is or becomes available on the site. The Math Forum reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any material that is, in our sole discretion, unacceptable, undesirable or in violation of these rules. The Math Forum has no obligation to exercise such reservation of rights; however, The Math Forum has adopted and implemented a policy respecting the copyright law that provides for the termination in appropriate circumstances of users of The Math Forum web site who are repeat infringers. The Math Forum may terminate access for content providers or service participants who are found repeatedly to provide material without necessary rights and permissions.

How to Request Copyright Permission.

Send (by mail, fax, or e-mail) a written request to Copyright Permissions, The Math Forum @ Drexel, 3210 Cherry Street Philadelphia PA 19104; fax (215) 895-2964. Your request should include the following information:
  • the URL of the web page(s) or identifying citation of the source of the material you wish to use;
  • the purpose for which you wish to use the material (e.g., for a course packet, a commercial publication, a research article or a school-district curriculum guide);
  • the number of copies of the material you wish to make.
Requests must contain complete information in order to be processed.

Limitation of Damages.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL THE MATH FORUM BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF OR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON THE MATH FORUM WEB SITE, INTERRUPTIONS, ERRORS, DEFECTS, MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, DELETIONS OF FILES, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, NONDELIVERY OF INFORMATION, DISCLOSURE OF COMMUNICATIONS, OR ANY OTHER FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE.

Release and Indemnity.

YOU HEREBY RELEASE AND WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS AND/OR LIABILITY AGAINST THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE. YOU ALSO AGREE TO DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS, THE MATH FORUM @ DREXEL, FROM AND AGAINST, ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR LIABILITY, INCLUDING COSTS AND ATTORNEYS FEES, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SITE OR FAILURE TO ABIDE BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Modifications.

These rules may be modified by The Math Forum from time to time and such modifications will be binding on you when published on The Math Forum web site.

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