This Terms of Use applies to websites under the subdomain of http://blog.mass.gov (collectively, the “Blogs”).

Thank you for using the Blogs. We hope that the Blogs have made your dealings with your state government easier and more efficient.

  1. Users Agree to These Terms. This document contains terms of use for the Blogs. By using the Blogs you agree to these terms and conditions. In addition, you should also review the Blogs’ privacy policy to learn about information collected by the Blogs, what that information is used for and how it may be shared.
  2. Other Sites Have Other Policies. For your convenience, the Blogs contain hypertext or other links to Internet sites that are maintained by other Commonwealth agencies and to external Internet sites that are not provided or maintained by the Commonwealth. Please note that the Blogs cannot guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these sites. In particular, please note that the Blogs use various social media tools. Although some of the social media sites or identities might appear to be part of this site, many are hosted by third party providers. Please review the Mass.Gov® social media policy for more information on the terms that apply for those sites.
  3. Public Record and Copyright. All of the material posted on the Blogs is public record. Most of the public record posted on the Blogs can be copied and used for any purpose. For example, all judicial opinions and all laws and regulations are public record. However, some of the public record posted on the Blogs is also copyrighted material (for example, regulations based on technical codes developed and copyrighted by private organizations).

The Commonwealth holds a copyright interest in most of the material posted on the Blogs; a small amount of the material is owned by a third party or co-owned by the Commonwealth and a third party. With respect to material in which the Commonwealth holds the copyright, including the design, layout, and other features of the Blogs, and most of the content on the Blogs, the Commonwealth forbids any copying or use other than “fair use” under the Copyright Act. “Fair use” includes activities such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, research, and other related activities. In addition, please be advised that the Blogs makes use of materials (e.g., photographs) in which third parties hold the copyright, which also cannot be copied or used for use other than “fair use” without permission of the copyright owner. If you want to make use other than “fair use” of any information on this Web site, you must seek permission directly from the Blogs by contacting Michelle.Burwell@state.ma.us.

The only part of this website to which the copyright rules stated above do not apply is on social media pages that receive comment. Content on these pages is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by the Executive Department of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, visitors to these pages agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to this site under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. A copy of this license is available online at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Blogs respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask users of our website to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, we have adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, users, subscribers, or account holders on our website who are deemed to be repeat infringers. We may also, at our sole discretion, limit access to our website and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

Notice and Procedure for Notifying Designated Agent of Claims of Copyright Infringement

If you believe that any material on this website infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, or that any link on this website directs users to another website that contains material that infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may file a notification of such infringement with our Designated Agent as set forth below. Notifications of claimed copyright infringement must be sent to Blogs’ Designated Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement. Our Designated Agent may be reached by emailing Michelle.Burwell@state.ma.us.

  1. No warranty, endorsement or liability. The Commonwealth makes no warranty that the materials contained within Blogs are free from copyright claims, or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. The Commonwealth disclaims any liability for the improper or incorrect use of information obtained from the Blogs.

Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the website are provided solely for the information of individuals using the website. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the Governor, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or its officers and employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying the Governor’s or the Commonwealth’s endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service. The Commonwealth does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on the website is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. The links to non-state websites are for information purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Commonwealth.

The information and content on this website are for information purposes only and do not constitute and should not be construed as legal, financial, professional, or any other type of advice or counsel. You should contact an appropriate advisor with respect to any particular issue or problem.

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