We endeavor to keep this site available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. However, we are subject to the same gremlins of hardware and systems failure as anyone else using computers. If there is information that you absolutely need from this server, we recommend that you make a personal copy on your own desktop computer's hard drive.
Similarly for email alerts. We do our best, but our email system isn't perfect, the Internet isn't perfect, and your email system probably isn't perfect. Don't rely on us when it is a matter of life and death.
Decisions of content moderators are final. If you post something and thought it was witty and interesting but the moderator kills it, that's painful but it is better than everyone suffering with the miseries of an unmoderated forum.
We reserve the right to exclude users from this online community. The usual reason for exclusion would be that a person repeatedly posts off-topic or otherwise undesirable content and thereby imposes too great a burden on site content moderators.
Everything on this web server is copyright protected 19**-2007 by the authors, contributors, photographers, and Green Media Toolshed. Unless additional Copyright information has been provided with the content, please follow below.
Here are the terms of our general license...
Printing of photos for personal use
If you want a copy of one of our pictures to stick on your fridge or use in a school project or cover a crack in your wall, then please feel free to print anything you like from this site.
Non-commercial Web use of photos/writing
If you have a personal home page or non-commercial Web service, please feel free to use our writing or photographs with credit to the artists, writers and others who donated the material. Tell us you used the material so we can brag about the services we are providing our members.
That way people know where the contribution originated and also follow up on additional materials and insights. Unless otherwise stated, you do not need to pay for usage. Just use the materials to tell the story of the environmental movement to the people through the media and continue to give it back to the community.
Commercial Web use of photos
Our material is not available for commercial resale or reuse unless provided through one of our members in a manner consistent with the terms of membership. We reserve the right to deny usage on commercial sites or sites that we find overly offensive to our membership or inconsistent with the promotion of sustainable use of natural resources.
Note: remember that most of the pictures of people on these pages are not model-released. Advertising usage of photos (e.g., brochures, catalogs, print ads) is very different from editorial usage of photos (e.g., newspaper and magazine articles, books). You cannot use pictures in advertising (e.g., an on-line product brochure or anything else that is selling) without getting a model release from any person whose image is recognizable in the photo. You might also have problems if an image contains a recognizable physical property, e.g., Disneyland. One of the reasons advertisers pay $1000+ for images from stock agencies is that those agencies have generally already gotten the relevant releases.
Text and Stories
Please do not ever copy any of our (text) content to a public Web server. Link to our pages instead. We will endeavor not to break any of your links. The problem with you putting a page on your server is that the search engines will find it and send our readers to your server instead of the GMT community. Thus readers will be deprived of our latest content and service innovations. We also only provide membership and access to Green Media Toolshed to environmental nonprofit organizations so we are able to keep our supporters happy that investments in our site exclusively assist environmental nonprofit organizations.
Use of photos and Web pages in print
If you are doing a story, book or CD-ROM about the World Wide Web, please feel free to include a page or two of ours under the following conditions:
- Screen captures must be made from a computer with a 24-bit color video board. (Machines with 8-bit cards produce distorted images and colors.)
- The URL must be legible in the capture or separately printed in a caption.
GMT is committed to protecting the privacy of users of its services.
Information About You
We collect personal information from you when we can use it to provide you with some service. For example, we ask for your email address so that we can notify you when someone responds to a question that you've posted in a discussion forum. You have some control over the extent to which your personal information is kept private. However, here are some examples of the default system behavior:
- Your email address is kept hidden from non-registered users. This is mostly to keep spam robots from harvesting your address.
- Your email address is provided to other registered users on request. This is to facilitate dialog among community members.
- The complete history of everything you've posted on the site is available to anyone. This is so that people may assess the credibility of your contributions.
- The history of things that you've looked at or purchased aren't available to anyone except the site administrators.
Special Attention to Kids
GMT takes special care to protect the safety and privacy of young people who may access our services. We do not specifically collect information about children and believe that children should get their parents' consent before giving out any personal information.
We believe that we have taken reasonable precautions to obtain all necessary licenses and releases to permit it to use the images and other works that have been uploaded to our site. We recognize, however, that the Internet is a fluid medium and that users may have uploaded works that other persons may claim infringe on their intellectual property or other rights. If you believe that we are displaying or otherwise using any work that you reasonably believe infringes your rights, then please contact us as described below. Promptly following receipt of your request, we will take down the identified works. We will not republish any works alleged to be infringing unless we have obtained evidence that persuades us it is not infringing your rights, and, in any event, would give you an opportunity to respond to such evidence before republishing the works.