First and foremost, thank you for respecting my work, my copyright, and my right to earn a living from my art and writing.
The images appearing on this website are subject to copyright laws and cannot be used for any purpose whatsoever without my explicit, written permission (exception: see Limited usage permission for sharing below).
Using my images without such permission is an offense punishable by law.
Stories, articles, and written content copyright
Copyright law also protects all stories, articles, and written content on this website. These stories, articles, and written content cannot be used for any purpose whatsoever without my explicit, written permission (exception: see Limited usage permission for sharing below).
Using any of this written material without such permission is an offense punishable by law.
Limited usage permission for sharing
Conditional permission is granted to share my website content with friends via emails and social sharing sites only when the following rules are strictly observed:
- Each piece of content that is shared must clearly display the following attribution including the link to my site:
- Copyright © Art of Stephen John Smith — https://stephenjohnsmith.com
- Watermarks on images may not be removed or obscured.
- Permission is not granted to display my content (images or written word) on any personal or commercial website.
- Permission is not granted to use my content (images or written word) for any commercial gain or in any commercial context.
- Sharing my content (images or written word) means that you understand and agree to all copyright restrictions outlined on this page.
- Any other use of my content is a breach of copyright and an offense punishable by law.
First and foremost, I will never share your email address or any other personal information with anyone without your direct consent. Period.
1. Log Files
I use log files to help learn about when, from where, and how often traffic flows to my site. The information in the log files include:
- Internet Protocol addresses (IP)
- Types of browser
- Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- Date and time stamp
- Referring and exit pages
- Number of clicks
2. Google Analytics
Like millions of other website owners, I also use Google Analytics.
Google Analytics uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for stephenjohnsmith.com.
This tracking information allows me to better understand the kind of people who come to my site and what content they’re reading. This helps me make better decisions about design and writing.
Occasionally I will compile aggregate statistics about the number of visitors this site receives and browsers being used, but no personally identifying data is included in this type of reporting.
All of my activity falls within the bounds of the Google Analytics Terms of Service. http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html rel=”nofollow”
Furthermore, I will never (and will not allow any third party to) use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information of visitors to my site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither I nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any Personally Identifiable Information from any source, unless you explicitly submit that information via a fill-in form on my website.
Google Analytics Privacy Overview: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html rel=”nofollow”
In addition to the Google cookies outlined above, and like nearly all WordPress blogs, this site stores “convenience” cookies on your computer for tracking purposes and for improving the user experience.
- Google Analytics
- Site wide statistic tracking / host = stephenjohnsmith.com
- Wordpress – user convenience / host = stephenjohnsmith.com
Cookies not used:
- Third Party Advertisement Tracking – no advertisements are permitted on this site
If you wish to disable cookies, you can do so through your web browser options. Instructions for doing so and for other cookie-related management can be found on the specific web browsers’ websites.
4. Personal Information & Email
Visitors are required to provide personal information in only two cases, and the information collected is never used for any other purpose. These two cases are:
- When visitors subscribe to my mailing list. Of course anyone who wishes can choose to be removed from my mailing list at any time.
- When visitors submit a question or comment via my contact form. Just like you, I detest spam. I will always treat your privacy with the utmost respect and never publish, share, rent, sell, or in any way disclose your email address or personal information.
5. Children’s Privacy
I do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If I learn that I have personal information on a child under the age of 13, I will immediately delete that information from my systems. To encourage web safety, I strongly urge parents to go online with their kids. Here are a few tips to help make a child’s online experience safer:
- Teach kids never to give personal information, unless supervised by a parent or responsible adult. This includes name, address, phone, school, etc.
- Know the sites your kids are visiting and which sites are appropriate.
- Look for Web site privacy policies. Know how your child’s information is treated.
Check out the FTC’s site at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data/child.shtm rel=”nofollow” for more tips on protecting children’s privacy online.
7. Changes to this policy
Last updated: May1, 2020
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As the author and publisher of all content contained in https://StephenJohnSmith.com (including but not limited to: blog, stories, articles, information, instructions, images, graphics, logos, etc., and all the accompanying resources and materials), I have used my best efforts in preparing this web site. I make no representation or warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability, fitness, or completeness of the contents of this web site. The information contained in this web site is strictly for educational, informational, and entertainment purposes. Therefore, if you wish to apply ideas contained in this web site, you take full responsibility for your actions.
As the author and publisher of StephenJohnSmith.com, I disclaim any warranties (express or implied), merchantability, or fitness of materials expressed for any particular purpose. I shall in no event be held liable to any party for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of this material, which is provided as is, and without warranties.
StephenJohnSmith.com does not give medical advice. None of the materials contained in this web site gives or implies any diagnosis or suggestion for medication or medical treatment. None of the materials are to be used as an alternative to professional medical treatment.
As always, the advice of a competent medical or other applicable professional should be sought before using any materials found here or elsewhere.
I do not warrant the performance, effectiveness or applicability of any sites listed or linked to in this web site.
All links are for information purposes only and are not warranted for content, accuracy or any other implied or explicit purpose.
The entire contents of this web site is © copyrighted by Stephen John Smith and is protected under the US Copyright Act of 1976 and all other applicable international, federal, state and local laws, with ALL rights reserved. No part of this may be copied, or changed in any format, sold, or used in any way other than what is outlined within this web site under any circumstances without express permission from Stephen John Smith.
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Terms & Conditions of Use
I have taken every effort to design my web site to be useful, informative, helpful, honest and fun. Hopefully I’ve accomplished that — and would ask that you let me know if you’d like to see improvements or changes that would make it even easier for you to find the information you need and want.
All I ask is that you agree to abide by the following Terms and Conditions. Take a few minutes to look them over because by using my site you automatically agree to them. Naturally, if you don’t agree, please do not use the site. I reserve the right to make any modifications to these Terms and Conditions that I deem necessary at any time. Please continue to check these terms to see what those changes may be! Your continued use of the StephenJohnSmith.com web site means that you accept those changes.
Thanks again for visiting!
Restrictions on Use of My Online Materials
All Online Materials on the StephenJohnSmith.com site, including, without limitation, text, software, names, logos, trademarks, service marks, trade names, images, photos, illustrations, audio clips, video clips, and music are copyrighted intellectual property. All usage rights are owned and controlled by StephenJohnSmith.com. You, the visitor, may download Online Materials for non-commercial, personal use only provided you adhere to the following:
- You retain all copyright, trademark and propriety notices
- You make no modifications to the materials
- You do not use the materials in a manner that suggests an association with any of my products, services, events or brands
- You do not download quantities of materials to a database, server, or personal computer for reuse for commercial purposes
You may not, however, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit or distribute Online Materials in any way or for any other purpose unless you get my written permission first. Neither may you add, delete, distort or misrepresent any content on the StephenJohnSmith.com site. Any attempts to modify any Online Material, or to defeat or circumvent my security features is prohibited.
Everything you download, all files, all images, and all text, is considered licensed to you by StephenJohnSmith.com for your personal, non-commercial home use only. I do not transfer title of the downloads to you.That means that I retain full and complete title to the files, images, and text, and to all of the associated intellectual-property rights. You are not allowed to redistribute or sell the material or to reverse-engineer, disassemble or otherwise convert it to any other form that people can use.
Submitting Your Online Material to Me
That means that I don’t have to treat any such submission as confidential. You can’t sue me for using ideas you submit. If I use them, or anything like them, I don’t have to pay you or anyone else for them. I will have the exclusive ownership of all present and future rights to submissions of any kind. I can use them for any purpose I deem appropriate to my StephenJohnSmith.com mission, without compensating you or anyone else for them.
You acknowledge that you are responsible for any submission you make. This means that you (and not me) have full responsibility for the message, including its legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality, and copyright.
Limitation of Liability
StephenJohnSmith.com will not be liable for any damages or injury that accompany or result from your use of any of its site.
These include (but are not limited to) damages or injury caused by any:
- Use of (or inability to use) the site
- Use of (or inability to use) any site to which you hyperlink from my site
- Failure of my site to perform in the manner you expected or desired
- Errors on my site
- Omission on my site
- Interruption of availability of my site
- Defects on my site
- Delay in operation or transmission of my site
- Computer virus or line failure
- Please note that I am not liable for any damages, including:
- Damages intended to compensate someone directly for a loss or injury
- Damages reasonably expected to result from a loss or injury (known in legal terms as “consequential damages.”)
- Other miscellaneous damages and expenses resulting directly from a loss or injury (known in legal terms as “incidental damages.”)
I am not liable even if I’ve been negligent or if my authorized representative has been advised of the possibility of such damages or both.
Exception: certain state laws may not allow us to limit or exclude liability for these “incidental” or “consequential” damages. If you live in one of those states, the above limitation obviously would not apply which would mean that you might have the right to recover these types of damages.
However, in any event, my liability to you for all losses, damages, injuries, and claims of any and every kind (whether the damages are claimed under the terms of a contract, or claimed to be caused by negligence or other wrongful conduct, or they’re claimed under any other legal theory) will not be greater than the amount you paid if anything to access our site.
Links to Other Sites
I sometimes provide referrals to and links to other World Wide Web sites from my site. Such a link should not be seen as an endorsement, approval or agreement with any information or resources offered at sites you can access through my site. If in doubt, always check the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address provided in your web browser to see if you are still in a StephenJohnSmith.com-operated site or have moved to another site. StephenJohnSmith.com is not responsible for the content or practices of third party sites that may be linked to my site. When StephenJohnSmith.com provides links or references to other Web sites, no inference or assumption should be made and no representation should be inferred that StephenJohnSmith.com is connected with, operates or controls these Web sites. Any approved link must not represent in any way, either explicitly or by implication, that you have received the endorsement, sponsorship or support of any StephenJohnSmith.com site or endorsement, sponsorship or support of StephenJohnSmith.com, including its respective employees, agents or directors.
Termination of This Agreement
This agreement is effective until terminated by either party. You may terminate this agreement at any time, by destroying all materials obtained from all StephenJohnSmith.com Web site, along with all related documentation and all copies and installations. StephenJohnSmith.com may terminate this agreement at any time and without notice to you, if, in its sole judgment, you breach any term or condition of this agreement. Upon termination, you must destroy all downloaded materials. In addition, by providing material on our Web site, we do not in any way promise that the materials will remain available to you. And StephenJohnSmith.com is entitled to terminate all or any part of any of its Web site without notice to you.
Jurisdiction and Other Points to Consider
If you use our site from locations outside of the United States, you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws.
These Terms & Conditions of Use shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such jurisdiction.
To the extent you have in any manner violated or threatened to violate StephenJohnSmith.com and/or its affiliates’ intellectual property rights, StephenJohnSmith.com and/or its affiliates may seek injunctive or other appropriate relief in any state or federal court in the State of New York, and you consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in such courts.
Any other disputes will be resolved as follows:
If a dispute arises under this agreement, we agree to first try to resolve it with the help of a mutually agreed-upon mediator in the following location: Essex County. Any costs and fees other than attorney fees associated with the mediation will be shared equally by each of us.
If it proves impossible to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution through mediation, we agree to submit the dispute to binding arbitration at the following location: Essex County, under the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitration may be entered in any court with jurisdiction to do so.
StephenJohnSmith.com may modify these Terms & Conditions of Use, and the agreement they create, at any time, simply by updating this posting and without notice to you. This is the ENTIRE agreement regarding all the matters that have been discussed.