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Terms of Service
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Effective Date: March 2, 2020

Welcome to the online home of the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons—Digital Edition, available at https://quarterly.christianscience.com (the “Digital Edition” or the “Service”), a website and Internet-delivered service of The Christian Science Publishing Society (“CSPS,” or “We,” “Us,” “Our”), offering online Bible Lessons and study resources. By using the Service, You agree to these Terms of Service (“Terms”) and the Privacy Policy and Copyright and Permissions guidelines incorporated into these Terms by reference. 

Certain capitalized words in the Terms have the following meaning:

  • “You" or “Your” means the person or entity using the Service.
  • "Content" means information, text, software, audio, music, photographs, graphics, video, other materials, and the compilation of such materials, that We make available through the Service.

We reserve the right to change the Terms at any time, such changes to be effective immediately. If We make any material changes to the Terms, We will post the updated Terms here and notify You by email or by means of a notice on the Service. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Service following the posting of changes to the Terms will mean You accept those changes.

1. THE SERVICE

Your subscription to the Service provides access to a total of five weeks of lessons and related content at any given time: the prior week, the current week, and the three upcoming weeks, in the following formats: EPUB®, MOBI, HTML, PDF, online in-context, and audio (streaming and MP3).

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new materials or features that augment or enhance the current Service shall be subject to the Terms. The Service is provided "AS-IS.”

You are responsible for obtaining access to the Internet and the Service and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees. In addition, You must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Service.

2. OUR PROPRIETARY RIGHTS IN THE SERVICE

The Content is the property of CSPS or its suppliers and protected by copyright law in the United States and in other countries, and may also be protected by database, privacy, trademark, and other applicable laws. All rights not expressly granted through the Terms are reserved.

3. USE OF THE SERVICE

You are permitted to view, digitally copy, and print Content from this Service for Your personal, non-commercial use only. Please note that “personal use” only includes sharing Content as described in the Copyright and Permissions guidelines. While you may not share your password, we encourage limited sharing of Content from the Service with family and friends as described on the Copyright and Permissions guidelines.

You may not, except as otherwise permitted in these Terms, including the Copyright and Permissions guidelines:

  • Access the Service by any means other than through the authorized interface that is provided by Us to You, or attempt to obtain Content or other information through any means not authorized through the Service.
  • Use any automated means to access the Service or its Content for any purpose without our express written permission, or bypass our robot exclusion headers or similar measures we use to prevent or restrict access to the Service.
  • Modify, reproduce, or distribute the Service or any Content without the express written permission of TFCCS.
  • Publicly display Content, such as posting images or extensive quotes on social media without the express written permission of the copyright owners.
  • Publicly perform Content, such as performing musical compositions or sound recordings without the express written permission of the copyright owners.
  • Use or provide access to any portion of the Service or its Content (including providing Your account name or password) for any public or commercial purposes.
  • Use the Service to engage in fraudulent or illegal activities, or in any manner that damages or interferes with the Service or any other party’s use of the Service.
  • Frame or embed pages or specific Content in the Service (you may link to our homepage.)
 4. TRADEMARKS

All trademarks, service marks, and trade names displayed in the Service are the property of CSPS or CSPS’s affiliates and/or third-party licensors:

Christian Science Quarterly™ and other related marks and logos used on this Service are trademarks owned by The Christian Science Publishing Society and are registered in the United States and in other countries. The Cross and Crown design is a trademark of The Christian Science Board of Directors and is registered in the United States, in the European Union, and in other countries. The Cross and Crown design is used by permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

5. YOUR REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS

When registering or subscribing to the Service, You are required to provide information for an account, including but not limited to username, password and email address (“Registration Information”). Registration Information may include Personal Data (as defined in the Privacy Policy). You will need to use a credit card to subscribe to the Service. By registering, You represent that You:

  • Are at least 16 years old. If the registration is for a person under the age of 18, please see the section below on users under the age of 18.
  • Are not barred from receiving services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction.
  • Will provide true, accurate, current and complete information about Yourself when registering.
  • Will maintain and promptly update the Registration Information to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.

We may terminate Your account if You provide false information.

Users under the age of 18

If You are between the ages of 16 and 18, You may register or subscribe on Your own behalf or be given gift subscriptions without the express consent of Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (“Parents”). However, Parents may request the termination of such registrations or subscriptions at any time.

We do not knowingly collect and process Personal Data from individuals under the age of 16 without Parental consent. If You are under the age of 16, have Your Parents register or subscribe on Your behalf. If it is learned that Personal Data has been collected from a registrant or subscriber younger than 16 without such Parental consent, that Personal Data will be deleted from Our database as quickly as practical or the registrant’s or subscriber’s Parents will be contacted to obtain consent. If You are a Parent and have questions about Personal Data, email Us at quarterly@csps.com or call 1-617-450-2880.

6. MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY

You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of Your username and password and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under Your account. You must (a) immediately notify Us of any unauthorized use of Your account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that on any device accessible by multiple users You exit from Your account at the end of each session. We are not liable for any loss, damage or disclosure arising from Your failure to comply with this Section.

7. PRIVACY POLICY; USE OF PERSONAL DATA

Collection and use of Personal Data and certain other information about You is subject to our Privacy Policy. You agree to the transfer of this information to the United States and/or other countries for storage, processing, and use by Us, Our affiliates, and Our service providers in order to provide the Service. The Privacy Policy is hereby incorporated into these Terms by reference.

8. SUBSCRIPTIONS, BILLING, CANCELLATION, AND CUSTOMER SERVICE 
8.1 Automatic Renewal Terms and Billing. 

You agree to pay CSPS the applicable subscription fees for the Service according to the rates effective as of the date of billing (including applicable taxes), unless You are the recipient of a gift subscription, as described in Section 8.4 below. All subscription fees will be charged in United States Dollars with the exception of Canadian subscribers, who will be charged the listed price in CAD.

Subscription fees may change over time. We will send You a notice of such change at least 30 days in advance (via a message on or through the Service or email).

8.2 Billing Frequency.

The Digital Edition is published weekly rather than monthly. Each billing period covers 4 issues, rather than a month, since some months have 5 weeks. Consequently, if You were to subscribe for a year (52 weekly issues), You would be billed 13 times in that year (for 13 4-week periods), not for 12 months.

NOTE: Your credit card will be charged twice only in the first month of your subscription. Here’s why: We charge you for 4 issues at a time. The initial charge to Your credit card will give You immediate access to Your first 4 issues. However, our billing system is designed to charge Your credit card 3 weeks in advance of the 4 issues to which the charge applies. Therefore, in order to bring Your account in line with the standard pay-in-advance schedule for the next 4 issues, Your card will be charged again 7–10 days after the initial charge, covering issues 5 through 8.

At that point, You will be on the standard billing cycle, under which Your card will be charged automatically every 4 weeks until such time as either (i) You cancel Your subscription, as described in Section 8.4 below, or (ii) We are unable to successfully charge Your credit card and You fail to respond to Our email requesting You to update Your credit card information, as described in this Section 8.3 below or (iii) We terminate the Service or Your subscription, as described in Section 9 below.

8.3 Managing Your Account. 

You may manage your account by going to the “Manage Subscription” page in the Service, where you can update information such as your payment details and notice preferences. 

For example, each Sunday evening you will receive an email notice that the Service has been updated, meaning a new lesson has been added and the oldest lesson removed. If you prefer not to receive these weekly emails, log into your account, go to the “Manage Subscription” page and change the "Weekly email reminder" option from "on" to "off."

Please keep Your account information up to date. If Your credit card number or expiration date changes, please update Your credit card information to avoid a suspension in Your access to the Service. You may do this either by going to the “Manage Subscription” page on the Service and clicking “Change Payment Details” or by contacting Customer Service as described in Section 8.7 below. 

Please note: Credit card information needs to be updated for each title, individually.

(The address listed in Your account is for physical delivery only. You do not need to change your address for credit card payment purposes. If You change Your address, it will be applied to all the CSPS titles You subscribe to.)

8.4 Gift Subscriptions.

You may purchase gift subscriptions to the Digital Edition. Gift recipients have their own accounts and can manage their own email address, password, and email notification delivery. Please note, to comply with federal laws protecting children's privacy on the Internet, only a parent or guardian can give a gift to a child under 16 years of age.
You may cancel a gift subscription at any time, as described in Section 8.6 below.

8.5 Bulk Subscriptions.

CSPS offers special licenses for Bible Lesson products to Christian Science Reading Rooms, summer camps, Institutional Committees, Christian Science nursing facilities, and certain other bulk users. For more information, go to BibleLesson.com or please contact BibleLessonLicenses@csps.com.

8.6 How to Cancel a Subscription. 

You may cancel an individual and/or gift subscription at any time by going to the “Manage Subscription” page on the Service and clicking "Cancel your subscription," or by contacting Customer Service as described below.You will lose access to the Service on the date Your subscription expires. The current expiration date is shown in Your account information on the Service, but the expiration date will be updated for an additional 4 weeks each time Your credit card is successfully charged. Please be sure to download any available issues before You lose access to the Service.

PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are not available for any unused portion of individual subscriptions; however, refunds may be requested for unused portions of gift subscriptions.

8.7 Contacting Customer Service.

If You have any questions or concerns regarding Your subscription or these Terms, please email quarterly@csps.com or call 1-617-450-2880.

9. TERMINATION

By CSPS. You agree that CSPS, in its sole discretion and for any or no reason, may terminate the Service, any account (or any part thereof) you may have with CSPS or your use of the Service at any time. CSPS may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing access to the Service or the Content, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that CSPS will not be liable to you or any third party for any such termination except as described in these Terms. Provided that you have complied fully with the Terms, upon CSPS’s termination of the Service or your account, CSPS will refund any prepaid fees for subscriptions and/or services that have not yet been provided.

By You. You may cancel your subscription or a gift subscription at any time (see Section 8.6 above).

10. INTERSTATE NATURE OF COMMUNICATIONS ON NETWORK

When You register with Us, You acknowledge that in using the Service to send electronic data, You will be causing data to be sent through Our and Our supplier's computer networks, portions of which may be located in various locations in or outside the United States. As a result of the nature of electronic communications, even communications that seem to be intrastate in nature can result in the interstate or international transmission of data regardless of where You are physically located at the time of transmission. Accordingly, by agreeing to these Terms, You acknowledge that use of the Service may result in interstate or international data transmissions.

11. INTERNATIONAL USE

You must comply with all local rules and applicable laws regarding online conduct and the transmission of acceptable content.

12. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE

The Service may be periodically updated with new features, improvements, and fixes, and We will notify You of significant changes through an email communication or through postings on the Service. We reserve the right to modify or cease providing, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof). We shall not be liable to You or to any third party for such modification of the Service, but where the Service ceases, the unused portion of a prepaid gift subscription over one month will be refunded to the donor on request.

13. THIRD-PARTY SITES, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

The Service may include links to other websites or services unaffiliated with CSPS ("Linked Sites") solely as a convenience to You. CSPS does not endorse or make any express or implied warranties with regard to any such Linked Sites or the information, materials, products, or services contained on or accessible through Linked Sites. You agree that Your access and use of Linked Sites is solely at Your own risk.

14. INDEMNITY 

You agree to indemnify, defend (at Our election) and hold harmless CSPS, its affiliated entities, successors, companies, contractors, officers, directors, trustees, employees, agents, representatives, service providers, and/or assigns and its third-party suppliers, licensors, licensees and partners, from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, liabilities, demands, costs, expenses (including reasonable outside attorneys’ fees and legal costs) and damages (“Losses”), arising out of Your use or misuse of the Service, any breach or alleged breach by You of these Terms, any breach or alleged breach of the copyright, trademark, proprietary or other rights of third-parties by You, or any breach of the representations, warranties, and covenants made by You under these Terms. CSPS reserves the right, at Your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which You are required to indemnify CSPS and its affiliates, and You agree to cooperate with CSPS in the defense of these claims. CSPS shall not settle an action You have agreed to indemnify without Your prior consent, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

15. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

a. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE AND ANY CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, WE, OUR AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AGENTS, THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, AND LICENSEES DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER STATUTORY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, AND RELIABILITY.
b. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, ERROR-FREE, OR FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (v) ANY DEFECTS IN THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED.
c. ANY INTERACTION WITH MATERIALS OBTAINED THROUGH USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER EQUIPMENT OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM DOWNLOADING OR ACCESSING ANY SUCH MATERIALS.
d. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS.

16. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

WE, OUR AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AGENTS, THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, AND LICENSEES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR ANY CONTENT; (ii) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (iv) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR (v) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE. SUBJECT TO AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL WE, OUR AFFILIATES, EMPLOYEES, CONTRACTORS, AGENTS, THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS, LICENSORS, OR LICENSEES BE LIABLE TO YOU IN THE AGGREGATE FOR MORE THAN $100 FOR DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE TERMS OR YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE).

17. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

18. NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES

Except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to these Terms.

19. NOTICES

If You wish to send notices, feedback, or comments to Us, please contact us at quarterly@csps.com.

We may provide You with notices, including those regarding changes to these Terms, by either email or postings on the Service. Legal notices to You may be sent to the email address you provide to CSPS during the registration process. Notice will be deemed given 24 hours after an email is sent, unless the sending party is notified that the email address is invalid. 
Alternatively, We may give You legal notice by mail to the address provided during the registration process, if any. In such case, notice will be deemed given three days after the date of mailing.

20. GENERAL INFORMATION

a. No Personal Liability. No director, officer, trustee, employee or agent of CSPS or its affiliates shall be personally liable for the performance of or failure to perform any provision of this Agreement.

b. Waiver and Severability of Terms. Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms remain in full force and effect.

c. Survival. All Terms which by their nature would reasonably extend beyond termination of Your subscription or use of the Service shall survive and remain enforceable notwithstanding such termination.

d. Assignment. These Terms, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by You but may be assigned by Us without restriction.

e. Choice of Law and Forum. These Terms and the relationship between You and Us shall be exclusively governed by the laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Your exclusive forum for bringing any claim or cause of action against Us is the courts located in the City of Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A. You hereby accept and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts in any proceeding or action. With respect to any such proceeding or action brought in such courts, You hereby irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) any objection You may have now or in the future to such jurisdiction or venue, and (b) any claim that such action or proceeding has been brought in an inconvenient forum. Nothing limits Our right to commence and prosecute any legal or equitable action or proceeding before any court of competent jurisdiction to obtain injunctive or any other form of relief. Furthermore, You and We agree that each may bring claims against the other only in Your individual or Our entity’s capacity and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative action. Further, You and We agree that, in any action arising from or relating to the Service or Us, the action will be tried before a judge, and You and We expressly waive the right to have any such claim in connection with such action heard by a jury.

f. No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability. Your account is non-transferable and any rights to Your account, Your Data, or other information within Your account terminate upon Your death. Upon receipt of a copy of a death certificate, Your account may be terminated and all contents therein permanently deleted. 

g. Statute of Limitations. Regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or these Terms must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

h. Entire Agreement. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between You and Us and governs Your use of the Service. Additional terms and conditions may apply if, in Your use of the Service, You use or purchase affiliate services (such as Concord), or third-party content or services. The section titles in these Terms are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.

 

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