UPDATED AUG 17TH 2018
1. SCOPE OF AGREEMENT
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You are the sole author and owner of any intellectual property protected User Content you submit;
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Your use of the User Content does not violate this Agreement and will not cause injury to any person or entity;
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You will indemnify, defend and hold harmless APA, its officers, directors, employees and agents from any third party claim(s) and any damages, losses or injuries resulting from the display of your User Content.
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Identification of the copyrighted work that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit APA to locate the material;
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9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
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Failure by APA to enforce any of its rights under this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of those rights or any other rights in any way whatsoever.
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14. OTHER AGREEMENTS
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15. ADDITIONAL TERMS
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APA reserves the right to modify this Agreement at any time, with or without notice to you. Thus, you should check the Agreement periodically for changes. You agree that APA will not be liable to you or any third party for any modifications to the Agreement.
18. SECTION HEADINGS
The headings of Sections in this Agreement are provided for convenience only and will not affect its construction or interpretation.
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