msh210℠: Fine Print

Disclaimers

I am not a lawyer. Anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, which resembles legal advice is not. I am not qualified to give legal advice, and you are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say. Please don't. Rather, contact a lawyer for legal advice.

I am not a qualified halachic decisor. Anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, which resembles an halachic decision is not (although I do strive for accuracy). You are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say. Please don't. Rather, contact a good-quality reference work or a competent orthodox rabbi. Note that the discussion fora Torah Forum and Bais-Medrash at torah.org are meant for discussion of topics raised, and not for expert decisions.

I am not the ideal Jew. Anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, concerning Jewish philosophy, theology, or thought is not necessarily fact, and is not an expert's opinion. You are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say. Please don't. Rather, contact a competent orthodox rabbi. Note that the discussion fora Torah Forum and Bais Medrash at torah.org are meant for discussion of topics raised, and not for expert opinions.

I am not a linguist; I am not a grammarian. If someone asks about the usage of a natural language (e.g., English), I will sometimes answer with the best of my knowledge, with my own opinion as to best usage, or with my own usage even if I know that it's not best. I will sometimes volunteer such things unasked-for. Anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, concerning linguistics, language, grammar, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, pronunciation, spelling, usage, or any particular language is not necessarily fact, and is not an expert's opinion. You are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say. Please don't. Rather, contact good-quality reference works or an expert.

I am a graduate student in mathematics, but am hardly a mathematician. Anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, concerning mathematics is not necessarily fact (although I do strive for accuracy). You are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say. Please don't. Rather, work things out for yourself or consult an expert in the particular branch of mathematics you are concerned with.

I am not an expert in computers; any particular operating system; the Internet; any particular markup, scripting, programming, or stylesheet language; any particular Internet host or site, whether a Web site or other; any particular program, script, applet, protocol, client, virus, worm, Trojan horse, or family of any of these; any particular means of communication; any particular Usenet newsgroup; or any particular service offered via the Internet, whether a Web-hosting service, an ISP, or other. Anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, concerning any of these is not necessarily fact, and is not an expert's opinion. You are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say, except the HTML tutorial and related documents on my Web site. Please don't. If you believe or act on anything I write or say, including the HTML tutorial and related documents on my Web site, you do so at your own risk: it is offered as is, and I disclaim all liability for anything that results from attempting to follow it.

I am not qualified or expert in medicine or diet. Anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, which resembles medical or dietetic advice is not. You are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say. Please don't. Rather, contact a competent physician.

In general, anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, is not necessarily fact. You are ill-advised to believe or act on anything I write or say. Please don't. Of course, I do strive for accuracy. But everything is provided as is, with no warranty, not even the implied warranties of merchantibility, title, fitness for a particular purpose, and freedom of computer virus.

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I do not necessarily respond to what I read on Usenet or elsewhere, not even if I disagree with it, not even if it was in response to something I had written. My silence on a subject should not be construed as acquiescence.

Copyright Issues

I claim copyright on anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise, of which I am considered the author (as that word is used in copyright law). Copyright law applies to it. This includes, but is not limited to, all of my Web pages (including stylesheets), all my Usenet posts, all my Slashdot comments, my Wikimedia contributions, my Yahoo profile, all my e-mail messages, and their respective contents.

I claim copyright on any program or script I authored, whether it is on the Internet or not. Copyright law applies to it.

No, you may not mirror, cache, archive, or copy anything I write or say on the Internet, whether on the World-Wide Web, on Usenet, via e-mail, or otherwise. Don't bother asking, as I'll say "no". The only exceptions are:

  1. Google and the Internet Archive Wayback Machine may do so in good faith in the normal course of their respective businesses.
  2. A Usenet site may cache my Usenet posts for a reasonable period of time.
  3. An ISP or the like can keep my Web pages in a proxy cache for a reasonable period of time.
  4. Anyone may keep a copy of my work on one computer (e.g., in a Web browser cache) so that users sitting at that computer (not accessing it via telnet, FTP, HTTP, or the like) may see it.

You may not include any of my Web pages in a frame, an iframe, or the like, if by doing so you deceive, intend to deceive, or should have known that you might well deceive anyone into thinking that the Web page is actually hosted elsewhere than where it's really hosted, was authored by anyone than myself, or has a URL different from its actual URL. (I don't for example, allow something like what's currently (August 11, 2004) at http://web.ask.com/redir?u=http://www.math.wustl.edu/~msh210/.)

I license my ASLFL proposal (only) under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

Any works that are, a priori, included in the claim of copyright protection above, but which I made as an employee in the scope of my employment, are (by definition) works made for hire and I therefore do not have the rights to such works unless my employer have agreed that I do. If the latter is the case, then this paragraph is not a waiver of my rights, and I claim copyright on such works.

Service mark

I claim msh210 as a service mark. In order for this claim to be justified, the mark msh210 must identify a service, distinguish the service from other people's services, and indicate the source of the service. Here, the service is the typing of information into a computer and the provision of information via the Internet. (TMEP (4th ed.) §1301.01(b)(iii) does not apply, as my information is provided free of charge.) (Since msh210 is only how I'm known as the provider of information over the Internet, and not in offline activities, TMEP §1301.02(b) does not bar my counting it as a service mark.) I contend the the references in the law to sale are merely because that is the usual manner of conducting commerce and not because sale is necessary for a mark to be used in commerce. Thus, my mark is used in commerce as that term is used in trademark law. The date of first use of the mark (both anywhere and in commerce) was not later than December 2, 1998, as shown by The Internet Archive, and no earlier than August of 1997.

Spam

I do not send spam, no matter how you reasonably define it, except that once, several years ago, I sent UBE (not UCE); I regret it, apologize, and won't do it again. If you receive spam purportedly from me, rest assured that it is not, in fact, from me: people are spoofing my address, which means that they're sending out e-mail in my name which is not actually from me.

If you e-mail me and I seem to be ignoring your e-mail, it's possibly because I accidentally deleted it in the course of deleting spam messages. This is more likely if your Subject line was similar to one that might appear on a spam message, or if the address you sent the message to had a plus sign (+) in it. Please just resend the e-mail message, possibly with a new Subject line.

Other Issues

Any e-mail message or other communication (including, but not limited to, information sent in a talk session or an instant message) sent to me becomes my property: I shall be free to use it with no obligation of confidentiality. However, I shall usually make every effort to keep it confidential unless it's clear from the message or its context that that's not necessary, except when I need to dislose it to avoid possible harm to myself or another.

If I refer to trademarks, service marks, or certification marks on these pages, these are property of their respective owners.

My quoting someone or something doesn't mean it agreed to be quoted or in any way endorses what I have to say.

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