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Terms of Use, Including Privacy Statement

Last Updated 14 January 2009

Before using the Web component (“Site”) of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (“MLA Handbook”), written and published by the Modern Language Association (“MLA”), please read these terms of use (“Terms of Use”), which, together with the Privacy Statement, govern your use of the Site. The MLA will notify you by e-mail if it changes the Terms of Use, and you will be asked to agree to the revised Terms of Use before you can continue using the Site. You agree that e-mail is an acceptable method for notifying you about changes in the Terms of Use and that, for that purpose, you will notify the MLA of any change to your e-mail address.

Purpose of This Site

The Site provides material intended to supplement the print component of the MLA Handbook and is intended for use only by Authorized Users. The Site presents nearly all the contents of the print component and provides additional examples. The research project narratives and sample papers are unique to the Site and present material in a visual format that permits you to see the application of the methods and procedures described in the print component of the MLA Handbook.

Intellectual Property

The Site contains copyrighted material owned by the MLA and the material of others from whom the MLA obtained permission for use. Except for the permitted uses described below, you are not entitled to exercise any copyright rights in the material on the Site.

“The Modern Language Association” and “MLA” are trademarks of the MLA (“MLA Trademarks”), and your authorized use of the Site does not imply any license to use the MLA Trademarks for any purpose. You may not use the MLA Trademarks in connection with any products or services that do not belong to the MLA or in any manner that is likely to cause confusion about the source of any product or service, that implies that the MLA endorses anyone else’s product or service, or that disparages or discredits the MLA. You may not register any domain names containing any MLA Trademarks without the MLA’s prior written consent in each case. Without the MLA’s prior written consent, you may not include the MLA Trademarks in metatags or in any other “hidden text” on a Web site.

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Rights and Responsibilities

1. Definition of “Authorized User”

The first owner of a new copy of the MLA Handbook (whether it was purchased or was provided by the MLA—e.g., as a benefit of membership) is an Authorized User of the Site. The activation code in the copy permits the first owner to create an account (a user name—which will always be an e-mail address—and password) for use of the Site by the first owner during the life of the edition. Authorized Users are not permitted to transfer their accounts to anyone, even to people to whom they sell their copies of the MLA Handbook. Anyone who orders a copy of the MLA Handbook directly from the MLA’s online bookstore (www.mla.org) is also an Authorized User; the MLA will provide that buyer a temporary account, and then when the book arrives in the mail, the activation code in it can be used to establish a permanent account.

2. Permitted Uses

An Authorized User may exercise only the following permitted uses of the Site and of the MLA’s copyrighted materials:

  • Log in to the Site on a personal computer.
  • Print one copy of any portion of the Site for personal use.
  • Download one copy of each sample paper on a personal computer for personal use. Personal use does not include submitting all or part of a sample paper from the Site for academic credit.
  • Display the Site or portions of it on a screen or monitor for the purpose of face-to-face classroom instruction.
  • Display the Site or portions of it on a monitor in a library for the use of an institution’s librarians as they provide face-to-face reference assistance.

3. Uses Not Permitted

The following uses are not permitted. This list includes examples and is not exhaustive. You should assume that any use not among the permitted uses is not permitted.

  • Dissemination of any part of the Site to others, selling a copy of any material, or using a copy for any kind of commercial venture.
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  • Linking to or framing any part of the Site other than the Site’s public home page, www.mlahandbook.org.
  • Posting a user name and password for use by others. If you are an institutional owner of a copy of the MLA Handbook, such as a library, you are not authorized to make available a user name and password for general use, such as by library patrons. The user name and password are not intended to be used as a “site license.” Similarly, if you are someone (such as a teacher) who received a complimentary copy of the MLA Handbook, you are not authorized to provide the activation code from that copy to anyone else.

If an Authorized User engages in a use of the Site that is not permitted, the MLA reserves the right to bar that Authorized User’s access to the Site permanently. You agree to indemnify the MLA and its officers, directors, employees, and agents against all liabilities, losses, damages, and costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that the MLA may incur because of your violation of these Terms.

Disclaimers

1. Research Project Narratives

The characters and events in the research project narratives are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and unintentional.

2. Service Interruptions / Correction of Errors or Omissions

THE MLA MAKES EVERY EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT SERVICE ON THE SITE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES, BUT IT DOES NOT WARRANT THAT SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED.

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER LAW, THE MLA DISCLAIMS ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE AND ANY CONTENT OR INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH IT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE (EVEN IF THAT PURPOSE HAS BEEN DISCLOSED).

THE MLA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS, RELIABILITY, OR NONINFRINGEMENT OF ANY CONTENT ON THE SITE. THE MLA DOES NOT WARRANT THAT ALL THE MATERIAL ON THE SITE IS CORRECT OR COMPLETE, AND THE MLA RESERVES THE RIGHT, WITHOUT INCURRING ANY LIABILITY UNDER ANY THEORY, TO CORRECT ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS ON THE SITE.

3. Destructive Code

ALTHOUGH THE MLA TAKES REASONABLE STEPS TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF VIRUSES, WORMS, "TROJAN HORSES," OR OTHER DESTRUCTIVE MATERIALS TO THIS SITE, THE MLA DOES NOT GUARANTEE OR WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR MATERIALS THAT MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM IT DO NOT CONTAIN SUCH DESTRUCTIVE FEATURES. IF YOU USE THE SITE OR ANY MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH IT, YOU DO SO SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Privacy Statement

Account Activation / Collection of Personal Information

The MLA provides this Site for Authorized Users of the MLA Handbook. To use the Site, Authorized Users must have a temporary account or activate a permanent account. This Privacy Statement describes what personal information the MLA collects as part of setting up an account and how it is used.

To set up your account, you must submit your first and last names and your e-mail address (“Personal Information”) and agree to abide by the Site’s Terms of Use. To set up a permanent account, you must then submit a valid activation code and create a password. MLA members are also requested to identify themselves as members when activating their accounts.

Use of Personal Information

The MLA may share your Personal Information with third parties contracted by the MLA to administer, maintain, or host the Site. Those third parties are bound by confidentiality agreements from disclosing your Personal Information to anyone else or using it for any purpose other than the purposes for which it was provided to them. If all or substantially all of the assets relating to the MLA Handbook (including the Site) are sold or otherwise transferred to another entity, your Personal Information may be transferred to the acquiring entity. Finally, the MLA may also disclose Personal Information to third parties in order to comply with the law or requests by law enforcement agencies and to enforce the Site’s Terms of Use.

Use of E-Mail Addresses

The MLA will use your e-mail address to contact you about the status of your account, to inform you about service interruptions, or to notify you of a change in the Terms of Use. The MLA will not send other notices to your e-mail address unless you opt to receive them when you first set up your account or unless you later change your account settings to opt to receive them.

Cookies

The password system on the Site uses cookies. A cookie is a small file that the Site’s server places on your computer’s hard drive when you first set up your account (including user name and password) for the Site. This cookie does not contain any personal information, but it allows the server to identify you as having successfully logged in so that you do not have to reenter your password each time you access the Site. The MLA does not use cookies to monitor which Web pages an individual visits.

You can set your browser to warn you before you accept a cookie. You can also set your browser to refuse all cookies, but if you do so, you will not be able to access the Site.

Site Administration

The server for the Site maintains a standard log file of visitors to the site that automatically records your IP address or the IP address of the service you use to connect to the Internet (such as AOL). No personal information is attached to this address. The MLA and the third parties described under “Use of Personal Information” may use this IP address to diagnose problems with the server, to administer the Site, and to conduct traffic audits, but they will use it for no other purpose.

Children under Thirteen Years Old

This Site is not directed to children under thirteen years old, and the MLA does not knowingly collect Personal Information from them. If you are under thirteen years old, do not provide any Personal Information. Instead, ask a parent or guardian to contact the MLA at the e-mail address under “Questions or Comments.”

General Terms

These Terms of Use, including the Privacy Statement, are the complete agreement between the MLA and Authorized Users regarding use of the Site, and any dispute arising from or related to this Site is governed by the law of the State of New York applicable to agreements made and completely performed there. You irrevocably agree to bring any claim or dispute relating to your use of the Site or to these Terms of Use exclusively in the state and federal courts located in the State and County of New York, to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of those courts, and to waive any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient-forum objections to those courts. If a court determines that any provision of these Terms of Use is unenforceable for any reason, then that provision will be deleted and the remaining provisions will be enforceable to the fullest extent the law permits.

Questions or Comments

If you have questions or comments about these Terms of Use, including the Privacy Statement, please direct them to the MLA’s director of operations (operations@mla.org).