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TERMS OF USE (06/11)

  1. Terms of Use
    1. Intellectual Property Rights
    2. Using this Web site
    3. Disclaimers and Warranties
    4. Changes and Termination
    5. Venue, Jurisdiction and Choice of Law

1.   Terms of Use

These Terms of Use apply to all United States Mint online and mobile media and content. When we use the phrase “this Web site” in these Terms of use, that phrase refers to but is not limited to the following:

  • all United States Mint Web sites and services,
  • Web sites and services hosted by United States Mint vendors and contractors on the United States Mint’s behalf, and
  • official United States Mint areas of social media Web sites and of other social media applications and services.

By accessing or using this Web site, you are agreeing to the following Terms of Use:

A.   Intellectual Property Rights

This Web site contains data and works prepared by officers or employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties that are not covered by copyright in the United States. However, you should not assume anything on this Web site is necessarily in the public domain. For example, this Web site also contains the following:

  • copyrighted material owned by third parties that has been licensed to the United States Mint,
  • copyrighted material created by third parties that has been assigned to and is now owned by the United States Mint,
  • individuals’ names and likenesses not necessarily controlled by the United States Mint, and
  • trademarks and other intellectual property owned by third parties and licensed to the United States Mint.

This Web site also contains trademarks owned by the United States Mint.

    1. Examples of trademarks owned by the United States Mint are as follows:
    • United States Mint ®
    • United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set®
    • United States Mint Proof Set®
    • United States Mint Silver Proof Set™
    • America the Beautiful Quarters®
    • America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins™
    • United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™

    2. Examples of materials in which copyrights have been assigned to and are owned by the United States Mint are as follows:
    • The obverse design featuring Sacagawea on the Golden Dollar coin and Native American $1 Coin
    • The "Mark My Words," "PuzzleMint," "Cents of Color," "Making Change," and "Coin Memory Machine" games
    • The "Time Machine" educational activity
    • Certain video, designs and other graphics

Coin and medal designs may be based on sources that are copyrighted and licensed to the United States Mint or otherwise used with permission. In some cases, such designs may themselves be covered by third-party copyrights assigned to the United States Mint. Numismatic designs may also contain third parties’ other proprietary material, trademarks, or logos licensed or provided to the United States Mint for limited purposes. Reuse of such designs may require permission of the rights owner. If you are interested in using United States Mint coin or medal designs, or other United States Mint materials found on our Web sites, please visit our Business guidelines and Design Use Policies, or contact the United States Mint Office of Licensing at (202) 354-7350 (not a toll-free number). For content of United States Mint program-specific Web sites, please also see any special guidelines and policies applicable to such sites.

B.   Using this Web site

1. Acceptable use: You may view, download, and print any material on this Web site that is not subject to copyright or other intellectual property, privacy rights or other legal protections in your jurisdiction, or for which you have a valid fair use claim, provided you may view, download, and print catalog or other written and graphic ordering material on this Web site for noncommercial personal use only. Otherwise, you may not, without the express prior written permission of the United States Mint and any other rights owner, publicly display, perform, transmit, list, modify, reproduce, distribute, participate in the transfer or sale of, make derivative works from, upload, or otherwise use any of this Web site’s content or the selection, arrangement or coordination of its content. If you receive such permission, you may not delete or change the existing copyright and/or trademark notices.

You agree not to post or use any information from this Web site for any advertising or solicitation for products or services without the United States Mint’s advance written permission. You also agree not to transmit, post, or distribute anything that is obscene, libelous, abusive, vulgar, threatening, discourteous or otherwise objectionable; violates any law or rights of any party; or is or contains a virus or other harmful material. Users are solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of rights or other harm resulting from such submissions. Although it is not the United States Mint’s practice to edit materials or messages posted by users of this Web site or its contents, the United States Mint reserves the right (but is not obligated) to delete user messages or materials in whole or in part. For program-specific official United States Mint Web sites and official United States Mint social networking sites, please also consult their United States Mint and site owner user comment policies.

2. Commercial use: You may not use this Web site for trading, sales or commercial purposes other than for making purchases from the United States Mint. Although a number of laws and regulations apply to this Web site and its contents, two federal statutes are particularly relevant to the use of certain material on this Web site:

  • 18 U.S.C. § 709 prohibits a person from knowingly using, without written permission of the Director of the United States Mint, "the words ‘United States Mint’ or ‘U.S. Mint’ or any colorable imitation of such words, in connection with any advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, is approved, endorsed, or authorized by or associated in any manner with, the United States Mint."

  • 31 U.S.C. § 333 prohibits a person from using, "in connection with, or as a part of, any advertisement, solicitation, business activity, or product, whether alone or with other words, letters, symbols, or emblems [of the Treasury Department, its bureaus, including the United States Mint, and its officials, including United States Mint officials] . . . in a manner which could reasonably be interpreted or construed as conveying the false impression that such advertisement, solicitation, business activity, or product is in any manner approved, endorsed, sponsored, or authorized by, or associated with, the Department of the Treasury or any [Treasury Department bureau or official]."

3. Submissions: By submitting any personally-identifiable information—such as your email address, name, or postal address—you are warranting that you are 18 years of age or older. By submitting any material—including but not limited to suggestions, ideas, and messages (other than your comments on a social media Web site), and artwork—to or through this Web site, you automatically grant (or warrant that the owner of such materials has expressly granted) the United States Mint and its assigns the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual nonexclusive right and license to use, adapt and modify, incorporate in other works, translate, transmit and distribute worldwide all or part of such material in any form and in or by any medium now known or hereafter developed, for any purpose without compensation (including the right to sublicense). The terms of this section will survive any termination of this agreement.

C.   Disclaimers and Warranties

1.   The United States Mint expresses no opinion on the soundness as an investment of any coin, medal or other numismatic product. This Web site and others accessible through it may contain material provided by third parties (e.g., information, opinions, data, software, or other content). This material does not necessarily originate from the United States Government. The United States Mint bears no responsibility for material or services provided or as provided by third parties, or for the quality of information provided through these other sites and computer systems. This Web site may also, from time to time, include links to publicly available government Web sites, including government sites that are not United States Federal Government sites. Such sites may have data collection and privacy practices that differ from the United States Mint’s data collection and privacy practices. Links to other resources are provided as a convenience for informational purposes only, and links to other sites, or references to any person, organization, product, process, or service should not be construed as United States Government or United States Mint endorsement, recommendation, approval, sponsorship, or authorization, or association with, these organizations or positions.

2.    Except with respect to any express warranties provided with products sold through the United States Mint’s online catalog, the materials on this Web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind, either express or implied. The United States Mint disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of title, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, to the fullest extent permissible by applicable law. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained on this Web site or in related materials, nothing contained in this Web site shall constitute a requirements contract or a guarantee of delivery or availability. Any contract or commitment made to third parties relating to United States Mint products to be acquired or delivered directly or indirectly through this Web site is entirely at the purchaser’s own risk.

3.    While the United States Mint strives to make the information on this Web site as timely and accurate as possible, the bureau makes no claim, promise, or guarantee about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this Web site, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. Each user expressly acknowledges that use of this Web site and its contents is at the user’s sole risk. The United States Mint does not warrant that this Web site and its contents will be continuously available, accessible, noninfringing, or free of errors or viruses, or that the information contained on this Web site is accurate or reliable. The United States Mint will not be liable for any damages or injury (including but not limited to special or consequential damages) that may result from the use or inability to use of any part of this Web site or from anything submitted or posted by users. The terms of this section will survive any termination of this agreement.

4.    The information appearing on this Web site is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. The United States Mint urges users to consider consulting with their own legal advisors before taking any action based on information appearing on this Web site or any site to which it may be linked. At times the United States Mint is required, because of a legal requirement such as the The Freedom of Information Act or a court order, to post documents generated by third parties that may contain offensive, defamatory, or misleading or otherwise inappropriate content. The United States Mint disclaims responsibility for the content of such documents.

D.   Changes and Termination

The United States Mint reserves the right to change or discontinue all or any content or features of this Web site, or to change all or part of this agreement, at any time. Changes will be effective upon posting on this Web site or upon other notice to users. This agreement will be effective until terminated by the United States Mint or by you. You may terminate this agreement at any time by ceasing your use of this Web site and destroying all materials (other than purchased products) you obtained from it.

E.   Venue, Jurisdiction and Choice of Law

By accessing this Web site you are consenting to the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Federal courts located in Washington, D.C., United States of America, in any action arising out of or relating to this agreement (including, without limitation, any use of this Web site and the United States Mint’s online catalog), and you waive any other venue to which you might be otherwise entitled. This agreement is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with the Federal laws of the United States of America.

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