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- impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your affiliation with any other person or entity;
- insert your own or a third party’s advertising, branding or other promotional content (including, without limitation, hyperlinks) into any of the Site Content or services on any USGA Site (including, for example and without limitation, in an RSS feed or podcast received from the USGA or otherwise through a USGA Site), or into any of your Submitted Materials that you may submit to any Forum or any other areas of the USGA Sites;
- use, redistribute, republish or exploit any part of the USGA Sites or any Site Content (including, for example and without limitation, an RSS feed or a podcast on a USGA Site) for any commercial or promotional purposes, or contact any other user of the USGA Sites for commercial or promotional purposes, or offer to buy or sell any product or service on or through your activities on a USGA Site or in a Forum on a USGA Site;
- alter, edit, delete, remove, fail to display, otherwise change the meaning or appearance of, or repurpose any of the Site Content, including, without limitation, any trademarks, trade names, logos, service marks, promotional taglines, or any other proprietary content or proprietary rights notices included therein or thereon;
- obtain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems, materials, information or any services available on or through the USGA Sites through any means, including through means not intentionally made publicly available or provided for through the USGA Sites;
- engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of e-mail addresses or other personal information, or any other automatic or unauthorized means of accessing, logging-in or registering on the Sites, or obtaining lists of users or other information from or through the USGA Sites, including, without limitation, any information residing on any server or database connected to the USGA Sites;
- use the USGA Sites or its features and services in any manner that could interrupt, damage, disable, overburden or impair the USGA Sites or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the USGA Sites, including, without limitation, sending mass unsolicited messages or “flooding” servers with requests;
- circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere (or attempt, encourage or support any one else’s attempt to do any of the foregoing) with the USGA Sites or its services or any software on the USGA Sites;
- create any links from a USGA Site (or include any links in your submissions to any Forum or any other part of a USGA Site) directed to Web sites or content owned or maintained by third parties;
- frame any third-party sites or content, in any manner that would constitute or could be interpreted as an endorsement or sponsorship by the USGA of any third party site, content, information or other materials, or in any manner that would violate the terms and conditions of any such third party sites;
- upload, post, transmit, distribute or otherwise publish to, on or through the Sites, any information, content or materials which are false, fraudulent, misleading, unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, offensive, pornographic, profane, sexually explicit or indecent, including without limitation, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international law;
- use the USGA Sites or the Site Content to, or in any other manner, violate, plagiarize or infringe the rights of third parties, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, contract, patent, rights of privacy or rights of publicity or any other proprietary or legal right;
- upload, post, publish, distribute or otherwise transmit any information or material which constitutes or contains a virus, spyware, or other harmful component, or which contains any embedded links, advertising, chain letters or pyramid schemes of any kind; or
- use the USGA Sites or its services (or any Site Content), in whole or in part, in violation of any applicable law.
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