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II. Intellectual Property Issues
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1. That you may only download Content that www.retailmerchantsinc.com designates as offered for download to any single computer a single copy of any Content for personal and noncommercial use.
2. To not reproduce, distribute, modify, re-post on another site (regardless of the server on which the Content is stored), or sell any Content without specific written authorization from www.retailmerchantsinc.com, unless such use is pursuant to Part III of this agreement.
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4. To refrain from framing or mirroring any portion of the Site.
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III. Educational Use of Content
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Any and all disputes, with the exception of copyright claims, arising out of, under or in connection with this Agreement, including without limitation, its validity, interpretation, performance, or breach, shall be settled by final and binding arbitration in Washington, D.C., pursuant to the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Judgment upon any award rendered may be entered in the highest court of the forum, state or federal, having jurisdiction. This agreement, its validity and effect, shall be interpreted under and governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions, and you agree that the arbitrators shall award all costs of arbitration, including reasonable attorneys’ fees plus legal rate-of-interest, to the successful party. Copyright claims shall be brought in the Federal court having jurisdiction. If you are an agent for or an employee of a non-U.S. company but operate in a place of business in the U.S. or its territories, you expressly agree that any dispute regarding this contract shall be adjudicated within the U.S. in the manner described here. If www.retailmerchantsinc.com is obligated to go to court, rather than arbitration, to enforce any of its rights, you agree to reimburse www.retailmerchantsinc.com for its respective legal fees, costs, and disbursements if www.retailmerchantsinc.com is successful.