American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHAsphere Blogger Agreement

Last Updated: August 20, 2010

The ASHA blog, ASHAsphere is a place for members and other people interested in making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all to participate in the conversation. ASHAsphere exists to engage members, communication specialists and others while also educating the public about Communication Science and Disorders (CSD). ASHA members and invited guests will write original posts, and because ASHAsphere is open to the public, posts may be written by non-members as well. ASHA staff will maintain and monitor the blog, but the nature of the conversations reflect the members' and others' thoughts. These Blogging Guidelines define the conduct for people writing postings on ASHAsphere. The Terms of Use of Our Website provides the overall agreement for using the ASHA website including this blog. This document is subject to change at ASHA's sole discretion.

Agreement

By submitting a post to ASHAsphere, you acknowledge that you have read and are bound by this agreement, as well as any other ASHA usage agreements that may govern your conduct. Thank you for participating in the ASHAsphere. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

Accountability

You are legally responsible for your commentary, whether in the form of a post, comment, or content submitted in any manner. You can be held personally liable for any commentary deemed to be defamatory, obscene (not swear words, but rather the legal definition of “obscene”), proprietary, or libelous (whether pertaining to ASHA, individuals, or any other entity). For these reasons, you should exercise caution with regards to exaggeration, colorful language, guesswork, obscenity, copyrighted materials, legal conclusions, and derogatory remarks or characterizations.  You blog or post on the blogs of others at your own risk since outside parties can pursue legal action against you (not ASHA) for such postings.

You understand that all content posted to ASHAsphere is the sole responsibility of the individual who originally posted the content. All opinions expressed by users of this site are expressed strictly in their individual capacities, and do not represent the positions, strategies or opinions of ASHA or any of its affiliated organizations.

You agree that ASHA will not be liable, under any circumstances and in any way, for any errors or omissions, loss of damage of any kind incurred as a result of any content posted on this site. You agree that you must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such content.

Posting

While we believe in free speech, ASHA reserves the right in its discretion to refuse to post, edit, revise, or take down any post, comment, or content on the website.  As a general matter, you may post content to ASHAsphere and to those of others, so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, invasive of privacy or otherwise injurious or objectionable.

You may not use the ASHA name to endorse or promote any product, opinion, cause or political candidate. Representation of your personal opinions as institutionally endorsed by ASHA or any of its affiliated organizations is strictly prohibited.

By posting content to ASHAsphere, you warrant and represent that you either own or otherwise control all of the rights to that content, including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the content, or that your use of the content is a protected fair use. You agree that you will not knowingly or with intent to defraud provide material and misleading false information. You represent and warrant also that the content you supply does not violate these Terms, and that you will indemnify and hold ASHA harmless for any and all claims resulting from content you supply.

You acknowledge that ASHA has the right to remove in its sole discretion any content that it considers to violate these Terms or any other ASHA terms or agreements that may govern your use of ASHA’s networks.

Press Inquiries

Blog postings may generate media coverage. If a member of the media contacts you about an ASHAsphere posting or requests ASHA information of any kind, please contact ASHA’s PR department at 301-296-8715 or kosullivan@asha.org.

Blogger Code of Conduct

To guide you, ASHA offers the following Blogger Code of Conduct.

  1. Strive to be authentic and honest in all of your communications so our community knows that you say what you mean forthrightly, and mean what you say.
  2. Disclose who you are, who you work for and any other relevant affiliations.
  3. Clarify which posts or comments are your own opinions versus an official corporate statement.
  4. Be responsible for what you write. Remember that just because you “can” say something doesn’t mean that you should. Publish as fact only that which you believe to be true. If your statement is speculation, say so. If you have reason to believe that something is not true, either don’t post it, or note your reservations. When you make an assertion, do so in good faith; state it as fact only if, to the best of your knowledge, it is so.
  5. If material exists online, link to online references and original source materials directly.
  6. Respect copyright, fair use, disclosure laws and other intellectual property rights.
  7. Be respectful to your company, ASHA, members, employees, clients, customers, partners and competitors. Disagree with others’ opinions respectfully.
  8. Respect your audience – Don’t use ethnic slurs, personal insults, obscenity, or other objectionable language. Show proper consideration for their privacy and for topics that may be considered objectionable or inflammatory.
  9. Don’t cite or reference members, clients, partners, suppliers or others without their prior agreement and approval.
  10. Write each entry as if it could not be changed; you can add to, but do not rewrite any entry.
  11. Acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly. Use notations to show where you have made changes so as to maintain the integrity of your original post.
  12. Respect your employer’s and ASHA’s confidential and proprietary information. Understand and honor when your company or ASHA asks that topics not be discussed for confidentiality or legal compliance reasons.
  13. Disclose any conflict of interest, affiliations, activities and personal agendas.

Rights in the Content You Submit

Default Creative Commons Public License

Unless you specify otherwise, any and all works of authorship copyrightable by you and posted by you to ASHAsphere (“Content”) are submitted under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. Under this license, you permit anyone to copy, distribute, display, transmit, and remix your Content, royalty-free, on the condition that they credit your authorship each time they do so. You also permit others to distribute derivative works of your Content, but only if they do so under the same license that governs your original Content.

Please read the full text of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Amongst other things, this license permits RSS aggregators to copy, distribute, display and perform any Content on the blog that ASHA syndicates using RSS. All Content on the ASHA blog is syndicated for RSS aggregation.

Attribution

When publicly displaying, publicly performing, reproducing or distributing copies of your Content, or Content as incorporated into a collective work, ASHA will make reasonable efforts to credit your authorship.

You grant ASHA the right to publicly display, reproduce, and distribute copies of your content, either along, as a collective work, or in any manner.  You further grant express permission to use your name for attribution purposes.  ASHA may, in its discretion, make efforts to credit your authorship, but has no obligation to do so.  You agree to represent yourself accurately. You acknowledge that misrepresentation may lead ASHA, in our sole discretion, to cancel your use of ASHA services and delete any of your content.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

This site is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. ASHA makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the site’s operation or the information, content or materials included on this site. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, ASHA hereby disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for any particular purpose. ASHA will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of or inability to use this site. You expressly agree that you use this site solely at your own risk.

Privacy Policy

Please be sure to read our Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference. 

Modification of These Terms of Use

ASHA reserves the right to change, at any time, at our sole discretion, the Terms under which these Services are offered. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your agreement to all such Terms.

Copyright Complaints

ASHA respects the intellectual property of others, and requires that our users do the same. If you believe that your work has been copied and is accessible on this site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or that your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please review ASHA Terms of Use for take down notice information and/or contact the ASHA Leader team at leader@asha.org.

Terms License

This terms of use document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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