Our site’s registration, checkout, and other forms require you to give us contact information (such as your name and address) and financial information (such as your account or credit card numbers). Information is automatically collected (such as your IP address). Each time you contact us, we strive to maintain a record of that communication to help serve you better in the future — we may be recording and recapping telephone conversations and we archive email communications. We may also receive and use information that relates to you from other companies that choose to make this information available (such as Caller-ID provided by the telephone company when you call us or magazines that rent their mailing lists to us). To verify the information you provide online, we may ask you to send us additional information, such as a copy of your driver’s license or a recent utility bill in order to safeguard your account against potential fraud.
You may indicate to us that you do not wish to receive marketing information from us by unsubscribing from all of our newsletters. You may ask that we not distribute your contact information to other parties by opting out of our “Promotional” mailing list. You have this option each time you purchase from us, or by sending us a letter or by telephoning us. Because email delivery is not reliable, we do not recommend that you depend solely upon email. Use our web site for the most reliable opt-out method. We will use our best efforts to honor your request to not be contacted again.
If we contact you using a list provided by an unrelated third party, we will not automatically add you to our own lists unless you choose to do business directly with us or explicitly grant your permission.
Our servers are protected behind a firewall that safeguards the information we keep about you.
We may use and publish all materials that you submit to us. This may include (but is not limited to): product reviews, tips, opinions, projects, artwork, articles, and photographs. At our option and without any compensation to you we may license, publish or distribute this information on our web site and via other means. When we do this, we may publish your nickname or initials along with your city, state, and country. If you do not want this information to be disclosed, then you should not make submissions using these features.
We advertise on other web sites using third-party companies. These ads may be mini-stores, product listings, or banner ads. These advertisements may be enhanced using automatically collected information.
From time to time, you may be sent information about the products and services we offer, or about other products and services that we feel you might be interested in. We may provide your contact information to third parties solely for the purpose of preparing and sending this information.
If we experience difficulties with receiving payments, we may contact credit agencies or collection agencies, or otherwise publish your information as part of our collections process or other legal procedures.
When you submit materials to us, whether such submissions are in electronic or physical form, whether uploaded or otherwise delivered, you represent that you:
You grant to us the right to use, modify, license, and publish materials which you submit. This includes but is not limited to the right to produce what are called “derrivative works”, which basically means the right to create new products that incorporate your works or ideas. You will not be paid by us, as a royalty or otherwise for our use of your submissions. This license is perpetual and transferrable by us.
If you are a manufacturer of products or services to us and you or your agents submit company or brand logos we recognize that you have not transfered to us any special trademark rights, but you have granted to us a license to use the submissions when legally allowed under trademark law, such as to represent the origin of goods. If you are a manufacturer and you submit other materials including blogs, product pictures, projects or any other materials then those are covered by this perpetual, royalty free, unrestricted license. You acknowledge that we may also have a copyright to these submissions to the extent that we modify, reformat, or otherwise enhance them.
You acknowledge that we have certain obligations under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and that we may need to remove items, to contact you, or to restrict your access or capabilities as to comply with the DMCA. See more information on our copyrights and our DMCA policy.
If you have been signed up to receive newsletters on our web site by somebody else and without your permission, we will promptly remove you from our mailing lists upon your request, and we will cooperate with governmental agencies relating to the unauthorized sign-up.
We may disclose information to agencies or authorities with whom we are legally required to cooperate during the investigation of fraud or illegal activity. For example, we may disclose information in response to a subpoena, warrant, court order, or comparable legal process.