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Updated: May 13, 2009

These Terms of Use are a binding agreement between Amazon Services LLC (with its affiliates, "Amazon" or "we") and you and, if applicable, the author, company or other legal entity you represent (collectively, "you"). Before using Author Central, please read these Terms of Use, all rules, guidelines and policies related to Author Central, including any rules or usage provisions specified on the website, the Privacy Notice and the Conditions of Use (collectively, this "Agreement"). By using Author Central, you agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. If you are entering into this Agreement on behalf of an author, a company or another legal entity, you represent that you have the legal authority to bind the author, company or legal entity to this agreement, in which case "you" will mean the party being bound. If you do not have that legal authority, or if you do not agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement, you may not use Author Central.

1. General Description of Author Central. Author Central includes a variety of tools that allow authors to connect with readers through the submission of photographs, images, written communications and other materials (all materials submitted by you through Author Central, the "Submitted Materials") for use on or distribution through sites, services or applications that are owned or operated by Amazon or under any Amazon-owned brand (Author Central and these sites, services and applications collectively, the "Services"). You grant to us a license to use the Submitted Materials on the terms provided below, but you otherwise retain all of your rights in your Submitted Materials. Submission to Author Central does not change your ownership of your Submitted Materials.

2. Eligibility. Submissions of materials to Author Central are tied to authors and may be made only by the individual author and by representatives of the author who have the legal right to act on behalf of the author. If you are not the author or do not have the legal right to act on behalf of the author, you may not submit any materials for that author. You must also be at least 18 years old to use Author Central.

3. Permitted Materials. You may use Author Central to submit only materials that you own or otherwise have the right to submit. You may not submit materials that are illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, or otherwise contain any objectionable or inappropriate content, nor may you submit materials that injure or violate the rights of any third party, including privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent or other intellectual property rights.

4. License Grant. You grant to us a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, distribute, transmit, perform, modify and display all Submitted Materials in any media formats solely in connection with the Services and the marketing, promotion and distribution of the Services. The rights you grant to us in this paragraph extend to us and to any person or entity designated or engaged by us or acting on our behalf and are in addition to any rights we may otherwise have.

5. Identity. You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise provide any false or misleading information, including any information provided in establishing an account or provided as to the origin of any Submitted Materials. You are fully responsible for all communications and activities that occur in relation to Author Central which come from your computer or computer facilities, including your e-mail account and password, and are fully responsible for the actions of any agent, manager or other representative you authorize to act on your behalf with respect to Author Central, as if such actions were made by you.

6. Representations, Warranties and Indemnities. You represent and warrant that: (a) you have all the rights necessary to grant us the rights granted in this Agreement; (b) the materials you submit and our use of them as authorized by this Agreement will not violate or infringe the privacy rights, publicity rights, intellectual property rights or other rights of any person or entity and are not defamatory; and (c) all factual statements that you submit are accurate and not misleading. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Amazon and its directors, officers, employees, agents and assigns from all claims, liabilities, damages and expenses, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, arising out of or in connection with the Submitted Materials or from your breach of this Agreement or your representations or warranties.

7. Limitation of Liability; Disclaimer of Warranties. Author Central, and its features, tools, functionality and other facets, are made available on an "as is" and "as available" basis. To the fullest extent permissible under applicable laws, we disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, with respect to Author Central, including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will we be liable for any damages of any kind arising from your use of Author Central, including any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential damages. Certain state laws do not allow limitations on implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages. If these laws apply to you, some or all of the above disclaimers, exclusions or limitations may not apply to you, and you might have additional rights. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any materials submitted under your account.

8. Miscellaneous.
(a) We may terminate any account at any time in our discretion and modify Author Central or discontinue or suspend offering Author Central, in whole or in part, at any time. Similarly, you may discontinue your use of Author Central at any time. We also have no obligation to use, post or distribute your Submitted Materials. We may monitor and, in our discretion, remove your Submitted Materials at any time.
(b) We may communicate with you in connection with your use of Author Central electronically and in other media, and you consent to such communications regardless of any customer communication or similar preferences or requests you may have indicated on the web site or by any other means. We may also share your contact information (including email address) with third parties for verification purposes.
(c) Our failure to insist upon or enforce your strict compliance with the terms of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of any of our rights. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Amazon related to Author Central. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that provision will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any other provision. If there are any conflicts between these Author Central Terms of Use and the Conditions of Use, these Author Central Terms of Use will control.
(d) Neither this Agreement nor your use of Author Central will create or imply any relationship of agency, franchise, partnership or joint venture between you and Amazon.