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Privacy Policy & Voluntarily Submitted Information

Please review our Privacy Policy, which is part of these Terms of Use and describes how we handle any personally identifying information about Defending Rights & Dissent website users, including information you voluntarily submit to the Defending Rights & Dissent website. By providing such information, you hereby acknowledge and agree to Defending Rights & Dissent’s treatment of such information as described in the Privacy Policy.


Any and all original material on the Defending Rights & Dissent website may be freely distributed at will under the Creative Commons Attribution License, unless otherwise noted. All material that is not original to Defending Rights & Dissent may require permission from the copyright holder to redistribute.

You do NOT have to ask permission to post original Defending Rights & Dissent material on a mailing list or newsgroup, to use a Defending Rights & Dissent logo as a pointer to us on your web site, or to copy and distribute any Defending Rights & Dissent flyers, model legislation or other resources,  or to reprint a Defending Rights & Dissent statement in a newspaper article. Permission to do such things is explicitly granted. Please do not write to us asking for permission, as this wastes our time and yours.

If you redistribute something you got from the Defending Rights & Dissent site, it is appreciated if you make it known where the file originated, so people can get more info or updated versions.

Except where otherwise indicated, Defending Rights & Dissent owns or licenses the copyright in all the materials on the Defending Rights & Dissent website, including text, graphics, logos, button icons, audio clips, video clips, photographs, and software, and those rights are protected by United States and international copyright laws and other intellectual property laws (“Defending Rights & Dissent Website Content”). To the extent your use of material on the Defending Rights & Dissent website does not constitute “fair use” for which you do not need our permission, the following rules apply to use of the material:

Automatically Permitted Distribution

Unless the specific web page from which Defending Rights & Dissent material is available indicates you may not do so, you may copy or distribute text materials that appear on the Defending Rights & Dissent website, in print or digital format, subject to three limitations:

  1. You may not use the materials for any commercial purpose, including any purpose connected with the sale of goods or services;
  2. You may not make editorial changes to material you attribute to us; and
  3. You may not excerpt, juxtapose, or present attributed material in any way that is misleading as to our original editorial intent, or as to your relationship with us.

All distributed copies, whether of text or non-text materials, must display the following copyright notice:

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Use of material posted on the Defending Rights & Dissent website in manners other than those listed above requires prior, written permission. Please contact Defending Rights & Dissent via email at info@rightsanddissent.org or in writing at Defending Rights & Dissent, 11431 Amherst Ave. #1821, Silver Spring, MD 20915 to explain the proposed use and request permission.

Links to Other Websites

The Defending Rights & Dissent website contains links to other websites that we think may be of interest to you. We are not responsible for and have no control over these other sites or their content. Remember that when you travel  to another site, that other site is governed by its own user agreement and privacy statement, which you should be sure to read.

Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability

Although we take reasonable steps to prevent the introduction of viruses, worms, and other security threats or destructive materials to the Defending Rights & Dissent website, we do not guarantee or warrant that the Defending Rights & Dissent website or materials downloaded from the Defending Rights & Dissent website are free from such destructive materials. Defending Rights & Dissent is not liable for any damages or harm attributable to such destructive materials.

Defending Rights & Dissent is not liable for any claim, loss, or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions, or other inaccuracies in the Defending Rights & Dissent website, or that result from your use of the Defending Rights & Dissent website, or your breach of any provision of these Terms of Use.

Governing Law

These Terms or Use and the associated Privacy Policy are governed by the laws of the State of Massachusetts, USA, applicable to contracts made and performed there without regard to its conflicts of law principles. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in the State of Massachusetts and waive any jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.