Terms of Use

THE PILLARS™ TERMS OF USE

OUR TERMS OF USE

Your use of the The Pillars™ web site (“Site”) is subject to these Terms of Use (“Terms”). The Pillars™ may, in its sole discretion, and at any time, discontinue this Site or any part thereof, with or without notice, or may prevent your use of this Site with or without notice to you. You agree that you do not have any rights in this Site and that The Pillars™ will have no liability to you if this Site is discontinued or your ability to access it is terminated. We may update these Terms from time to time, and your use of this Site after we post any changes to these Terms constitutes your agreement to those changes. If you do not agree with these Terms, you should immediately discontinue all use of this Site.

POSTING EXPERT CONTENT

On certain areas of our Site, experts and expert witnesses such as professors, scientists, law firm partners, consulting firm partners, business executives, authors, speakers, and others (“instructor/advisors”) may be able to submit videos, tutorials, classes, workshops, text, documents, files, images, photos, sounds, musical works, works of authorship, text postings, and other materials and content, as well as personally identifiable information about themselves, and work history and experiences (“Expert Content”). Posting of Expert Content is subject to these Terms, including the terms listed below, and any additional terms we may post from time to time on this Site. The Pillars™ may delete any Expert Content that in the sole judgment of The Pillars™ violates these Terms.

REPRESENTATIONS

You represent and warrant that you own the Expert Content displayed, published or posted by you on the Site and otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth herein, and the displaying, publishing or posting of your Expert Content, and that our use thereof pursuant to these Terms, does not and will not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, trademark rights, contract rights or any other intellectual property rights or other rights of any person or entity. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person by reason of any Expert Content displayed, published or posted by you to the Site. Except for your Expert Content, you may not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any Expert content appearing on this Site.

INDEMNIFICATION

You agree to indemnify and hold The Pillars™, its parents, subsidiaries, officers, employees, and website contractors and each of their officers, employees and agents harmless from any claims, damages and expenses, including reasonable attorney’s fees, related to your violation of these Terms, or any violations thereof by your dependents or which arises from the use of Expert Content.

OWNERSHIP OF EXPERT CONTENT

After posting Expert Content to the Site, you continue to retain all ownership rights in such Expert Content, and you continue to have the right to use your Expert Content in any way you choose, subject to these Terms, and the license described herein. By displaying, publishing, or otherwise posting any Expert Content on or through the Site, you hereby grant to The Pillars™ a limited, non-exclusive, sub-licensable, worldwide, fully-paid, royalty free, perpetual license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Expert Content. This license includes the right to host, index, cache, distribute, and tag any Expert Content, as well as the right to sublicense Expert Content to third parties, including other users, for use on other platforms. You understand and acknowledge that this broad license gives The Pillars™ the right to use and make available to third parties Expert Content on this Site, or through other medium whether now or hereafter created, and whether operated by The Pillars™ or its licensees or business partners.

NO CONFIDENTIALITY

The purpose of this Site is to facilitate consulting/expert witness engagements, advisory projects, speaking engagements, educational initiatives, and other types of engagements for experts. In order for The Pillars™ to assist you in obtaining such engagements, you understand that Expert Content will be shared with third parties, and as such, by posting Expert Content, you understand and acknowledge that any materials, ideas or other communications you transmit in any manner and for any reason will not be treated as confidential or proprietary. Furthermore, you acknowledge and agree that any tutorials, videos, educational materials, ideas, concepts, techniques, procedures, methods, systems, video, scripts, music, photographs, designs, plans, charts, or other materials you transmit to The Pillars™ may be used by The Pillars™ anywhere, anytime, and for any reason whatsoever.

NO OWNERSHIP

You understand and agree that you have no ownership rights in your biography pages on the instructor/advisor portals, nor to any other access to the Site or features therein. The Pillars™ may cancel your access to this Site and delete all Expert Content associated with your biography at any time, and without notice, if The Pillars™ deems that you have violated these Terms, the Terms, the law, or for any other reason. The Pillars™ assumes no liability for any information removed from our Site, and reserves the right to permanently restrict access to the Site or a user Account. You may not share or transfer password or other access information with any other party, temporarily or permanently. You shall bear sole responsibility for all use of this Site and for the confidentiality of your password.

NO VIOLATIONS

You agree that you will not impersonate any person or organization, including without limitation, the personnel of The Pillars™. You further agree that you will not misrepresent an affiliation with another person or organization, nor will you post any content that contains slanderous or libelous comments about others, or that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other intellectual property right of a third party, or the rights of privacy of another person. You agree that you will not post any software, files or links to other sites, and that you will not post any content that contains viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may adversely affect the operation of the Site, or feature of the Site.

NO MONITORING/VIOLATION NOTICES

The Pillars™ does not necessarily monitor any materials posted, transmitted, or communicated to or within the Site. If you believe that something on the Site violates these Terms please contact us at info@expertpillars.com.

INSTRUCTOR/ADVISOR REFERRALS

You understand and acknowledge that The Pillars™ makes no representations or warranties that it will distribute your expert materials or otherwise assist you in finding a consulting or speaking opportunity. Should you be offered an opportunity, you will be required to execute additional agreements with The Pillars™.

USE OF EXPERT CONTENT

You understand and acknowledge that Expert Content is solely the responsibility of the submitting instructor/advisors, and that The Pillars™ is not responsible for the information, data, text or other materials that may appear in Expert Content. Opinions expressed in Expert Content do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Pillars™, and The Pillars™ does not endorse and has no control over Expert Content. Expert Content is not necessarily reviewed by The Pillars™ prior to posting and The Pillars™ makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the Expert Content or to the accuracy and reliability of the Expert Content. Use of Expert Content is subject to these Terms, as well as any additional terms and conditions that may apply in agreements you with The Pillars™.

THE PILLARS™ CONTENT

Content on this Site, including tutorials, videos, educational materials, art work, graphics, photographs, images, screen shots, text, music, digitally downloadable files, trademarks, logos, product and character names, slogans, and the compilation of the foregoing (‘Content’) is the property of The Pillars™ or its licensors (including Expert Content) and is protected in the U.S., China, Australia, Canada, England and elsewhere internationally under trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property laws. Third party content, including graphics, video clips, images, trademarks, trade names, characters, and trademarks and copyrights is the property of the third parties that market or license that content, and is used by The Pillars™ subject to license, or subject to the fair use provisions of U.S. copyright or trademark law or made permissible under other applicable law.

You agree not to download, display or use any Content, Expert Content, or third party content located on the Site in any publications, in public performances, on websites other than this Site, for any commercial purpose (except as expressly authorized by The Pillars™), in connection with products or services that are not those of The Pillars™, in any other manner that is likely to cause confusion among consumers, that disparages or discredits The Pillars™ and/or its licensors, that dilutes the strength of The Pillars™’s or its licensor’s property, or that otherwise infringes The Pillars™’s or its licensor’s intellectual property rights. You further agree to in no other way misuse any Content that appears on this Site.

If you are a trademark or copyright owner and you believe that your trademark or copyright rights have been violated, please email us at info@expertpillars.com.

PRIVACY / CHILDREN

On certain areas of our Site, you may be given the ability to provide us with personally identifiable information. This site is not appealing to, and children under the age of 13 are not permitted to submit Expert Content or use other interactive features of our Site. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information about our information collection and use practices.

THIRD PARTY WEBSITES

This Site may hyperlink to sites not maintained or related to The Pillars™. Hyperlinks are provided as a service to users and are not sponsored by or affiliated with this web site or The Pillars™, and The Pillars™ makes no representations or warranties about the content, completeness, or accuracy of those third party sites. Information you submit at a third party site accessible from this Site is subject to the terms of that site’s privacy policy, and The Pillars™ has no control over how your information is collected, used, or otherwise handled.

REPRESENTATIONS, AND LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY

The Pillars™ makes no representations about the reliability of the features of this Site, the Content, Expert Content, or any other Site feature, and disclaims all liability in the event of any service failure. You acknowledge that any reliance on such material and/or systems will be at your own risk. The Pillars™ makes no representations regarding the amount of time that any Content or Expert Content will be preserved.

The Pillars™ does not endorse, verify, evaluate or guarantee any information provided by users, including rankings, reviews, or other Expert Content and nothing shall be considered as an endorsement, verification or guarantee of any ranking, review or Expert Content. You shall not create or distribute information, including but not limited to advertisements, press releases or other marketing materials, or include links to any sites which contain or suggest an endorsement by The Pillars™ without the prior review and written approval of The Pillars™. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may accurately disclose and describe your participation in this Site and your Expert Content (for example, describing and promoting your Expert Content on a personal blog or in emails).

THIS SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE MADE WITH RESPECT TO THIS SITE OR ANY INFORMATION OR SOFTWARE THEREIN. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, SHALL THE PILLARS™ BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SITE, NOR SHALL THE PILLARS™ BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER THAT RESULT FROM MISTAKES, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DELETION OF FILES, ERRORS, DEFECTS, DELAYS IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, OR ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE WHETHER OR NOT CAUSED BY EVENTS BEYOND THE PILLARS™’S REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ACTS OF GOD, COMMUNICATIONS LINE FAILURE, THEFT, DESTRUCTION, OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO THIS SITE’S RECORDS, PROGRAMS, OR SERVICES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PILLARS™’S TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED FIVE DOLLARS (US $5.00). SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; AS A RESULT, THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

MISCELLANEOUS

Both you and The Pillars™ acknowledge and agree that no partnership is formed and neither of you nor The Pillars™ has the power or the authority to obligate or bind the other. This Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Illinois. By using this site, you hereby agree that any and all disputes regarding these Terms will be subject to the federal, state and local courts for Chicago, Illinois. These Terms operate to the fullest extent permissible by law. If any provision of these Terms is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable from these Terms and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

The failure of The Pillars™ to comply with the Terms of Use because of an act of God, war, fire, riot, terrorism, earthquake, actions of federal, state or local governmental authorities or for any other reason beyond the reasonable control of The Pillars™, shall not be deemed a breach of this Terms.

If The Pillars™ fails to act with respect to your breach or anyone else’s breach on any occasion, The Pillars™ is not waiving its right to act with respect to future or similar breaches.

These Terms, together with those items made a part of these terms by reference, make up the entire agreement between us relating to the Site, and replaces any prior understandings or agreements (whether oral or written) regarding the Site. Notwithstanding the foregoing, your use of this Site, as it relates to any other relationships you have with The Pillars™, will be further governed by any agreements you enter into with The Pillars™ relating to such relationships. If a court finds any of these terms to be unenforceable or invalid, that term will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law and the other terms will remain valid and enforceable. The Site and any promotions contained thereon is void where prohibited.

These Terms constitute a binding agreement between you and The Pillars™, and is accepted by you upon your use of the Site or your Account. These Terms constitutes the entire agreement between you and The Pillars™ regarding the use of the Site and your Account.