Last Updated: October 2022
WELCOME, and thank you for your interest in The Christian Science Publishing Society Online Shop available at https://shop.christianscience.com (“Site”).
The Christian Science Publishing Society and its affiliate The First Church of Christ, Scientist and their directors, officers, trustees, employees, agents, representatives, affiliates, contractors, and/or service providers ("CSPS," “we,” or “us”) is pleased to offer you access to the Site and services offering Christian Science products for sale (collectively with the Site, the "Service").
In these Terms "both of us" means both you and us; "Content" means information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, button icons, logos, graphics, video, messages or other materials, and the compilation of materials that we may make available through the Service; “you" means the person or company using the Service; and "Your Data" means information, data, text, messages or other materials made available through the Service by you.
We provide you with a variety of products through the Service. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service shall be subject to these Terms. The Service is provided "AS-IS," and we assume no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.
CSPS may update or change the Service or its content at any time without notice.
COPYRIGHT IN SERVICE AND CONTENT
The Service and Content, including their related software, are owned or controlled by CSPS, its affiliates, and/or its suppliers and are protected by copyright, trade dress, database, trademark, patent, privacy and other applicable laws of the United States and of other countries. Except as expressly authorized by CSPS, you agree not to sell, license, distribute, reproduce, publicly perform or display, broadcast or transmit, publish, modify, edit, adapt, translate, compile, create derivative works from, or otherwise make unauthorized use of the Service or Content. All rights not expressly granted through the Terms are reserved. If you believe this Service is infringing your copyright, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USE OF SERVICE AND CONTENT
You may view, download, and print Content from this Service for your personal, noncommercial home use only. You may not modify, publicly display, publicly perform, sell, republish, redistribute, or reproduce in quantity any Content or products from this Service without the express written permission of CSPS. You may not exploit any portion of the Service (including your account name), use of the Service, or access to the Service for any commercial purposes. Please see section “Other agreements; software, services or access” for any exceptions. You may not access the Service by any means other than through the interface provided.
You may not use the Service to produce and distribute print or electronic copies of the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons, copyrighted by CSPS, for general or public distribution through sale, rental, lending, or any other means. Please see these terms relating to sharing Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons.
Once Content has been deleted, it is no longer available. Deleted Content may be made available by The Christian Science Publishing Society in a different format in the future.
For information about using Content in any other way, please email: email@example.com.
By using the Service, you agree not to:
- Use the Service for any illegal or unlawful purpose.
- Attempt to modify the Service or interfere with the proper working of the Service.
- Attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Service, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the Service, through hacking, password mining, or any other means.
As a download purchaser, you may place copies of a purchased download on a reasonable number of devices you own or control for your private, personal use. Distributing copies to others is not permitted. Once purchased, there are no refunds (see refund policy here).
It is your responsibility to maintain your downloaded files which you can access by logging into your Shop account. If you did not create an account, you can access your files through the order confirmation email sent at the time of purchase. If you'd like your purchases to be connected to your Shop account, please register your email for an account and let customer service know your order number, and email, and they'll be happy to connect them for you so you can log in anytime anywhere to access them.
You may log into your account on the Online Shop to access any purchased downloadable products, as long as the product(s) is still offered in the Shop.
Thank you for your purchase of this electronic publication (“eProduct,” whether downloadable or in physical format, including without limitation CD, USB, eBook, Audiobook, or otherwise) from the Christian Science Online Shop (“Shop”). Access to and use of this eProduct is subject to U.S. and international copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property laws and the following Terms. All intellectual property rights are reserved to the copyright and trademark holders. All rights not expressly granted are reserved. No permission is given to make or distribute copies of eProducts not legitimately obtained, including eProducts borrowed from Christian Science Reading Rooms or from friends.
Please note that these Terms only apply to non-music eProducts (spoken word audiobooks or text eBooks) purchased or otherwise accessed through the Shop. If you have questions about how you can use music recordings from the Shop, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org/musicterms.
A few examples of the various eProducts to which these Terms apply include:
- Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer – eBook
- A World More Bright: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy – eBook
- Christian Science Hymnal (Hymns 1–429) – Words Only – eBook
- Wissenschaft und Gesundheit mit Schlüssel zur Heiligen Schrift – eBook
- Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (Audiobook Download)
- Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer – Audiobook (USB)
- Anthology of Classic Articles, Volume 2 – Audiobook (CD)
If You have any questions about these Terms, please contact our Customer Care Center at email@example.com.
This license is granted by CSPS or OPA, as applicable, only to the individual or institution purchasing this eProduct or receiving this eProduct as a gift (“You”). This eProduct is licensed for Your personal use only, which may extend to the sharing options outlined below. Note that usage permissions may vary depending on whether You are an individual or an institution, as described below. Please note that “personal use” does not include sharing the eProduct, in whole or in part, whether information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, video, button icons, logos, graphics, video, messages or other materials, and the compilation of such materials, as incorporated in the eProduct and the descriptive material on the Shop (together, the “Content”).
As an eProduct purchaser, You may place copies of a purchased eProduct on a reasonable number of devices You own or control for Your personal use. These copies must be complete; without editing or extracting.
You may also log into Your account on the Christian Science Online Shop (“Shop”) to restore a purchased eProduct, as long as the eProduct is still offered in the Shop (note that for some eProducts purchased prior to November 2, 2020, You will need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain reauthorization to download additional copies). It is Your responsibility not to lose, destroy, or damage a purchased eProduct. We encourage You to back up Your eProducts regularly. Once an eProduct is no longer offered in the Shop, You will no longer be able to restore it.
B. Sharing Content
Except as expressly authorized in these Terms, you may not:
- Reproduce, distribute, or publish the Content, or share copies thereof with others in any form via printed copies, internet, intranet, social media, email, file sharing, posting files on a website or archive, or other electronic or physical means;
- Broadcast, stream, transmit, archive, publicly perform (play), or publicly display copies of the Content;
- Make any commercial or for-profit use of the Content;
- Modify the Content or make derivative works that include the Content, in whole or in part, without written permission from CSPS or OPA, as applicable.
C. Authorized Sharing of Content
For Individual Purchasers
You may share the original eProduct, or make one digital copy of a purchased eProduct to share with members of Your immediate family for their personal use, provided that they do not further reproduce or distribute the eProduct or copy. Such family sharing is authorized for one additional copy of any particular eProduct. Each shared copy must be complete as published, without editing or extracting, and all copyright information must be included. Please inform Your family members of these Terms when sharing eProducts with them. If more copies are desired for long-term use and retention by multiple family members, please consider purchasing additional copies to show support for the mission of The First Church of Christ, Scientist.
Non-related housemates, dorm mates, neighbors, and friends are welcome to purchase their own copies of eProducts in whatever format they prefer.
Other Individual Sharing
Individual purchasers may play (non-music) audio eProducts in private in-person or online group settings, such as a gathering of friends or in a private Zoom meeting which is not being recorded.
For Institutional Purchasers
Further to section A. License, Institutional purchasers, such as Christian Science care facilities, churches (including Sunday Schools), Reading Rooms, camps, and schools, may play (non-music) audio eProducts during private in-person or online group settings. Such settings could include via a closed-circuit audio system, in a classroom, in a camp or school meeting, or in a private Zoom meeting which is not being recorded.
Institutional purchasers may make up to 3 additional copies of eProduct files for backup purposes, but should not further distribute those copies. These copies must be complete; without editing or extracting. Institutional purchasers may loan a device containing the file to their residents, membership, patrons, campers and/or students, etc. Reading Rooms may not allow patrons to copy eProducts from the Reading Room's computer onto personal electronic devices, recordable CDs, or otherwise.
Sharing of Screens
Individual and institutional purchasers are always welcome to allow others to privately read text eProducts from the purchaser’s device screen. However, public displays of text-based eProducts, such as by Reading Rooms, should be done in accordance with the Display guidelines.
To inquire about other uses of eProducts not expressly permitted in these Terms, please contact email@example.com.
Finally, use of eProducts is further subject to the terms and conditions of use which were accepted at the time you completed your purchase of the particular eProduct from the point of purchase. Please see https://shop.christianscience.com/terms-of-service/.
OTHER AGREEMENTS; SOFTWARE, SERVICES OR ACCESS
You may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other services, affiliate services, third-party content, or third-party software. We may provide software products or services under the terms of a separate agreement between you and a third party (each, an “Other Agreement”). Our obligations with respect to any product, service, or access that such third party makes available to you shall be governed solely by the Other Agreement, and these Terms shall not be deemed or construed to alter the terms of such Other Agreement.
All trademarks, logos, and images, including but not limited to the products and publications depicted on the Service, are property of The Christian Science Publishing Society, its affiliates, or suppliers, and may not be used in any manner without obtaining written permission. The Cross and Crown design and the facsimile signature of Mary Baker Eddy are trademarks or service marks of The Christian Science Board of Directors and are registered internationally. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
YOUR REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS
Certain portions of the Service may require you to provide personal information through a registration process. If you register, you represent that you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Are not barred from receiving services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction
- Will provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself when registering ("Registration Data")
- Will maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete
- If you provide, or we have reasonable grounds to suspect you have provided, any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, we may suspend or terminate your account and refuse current or future use of the Service.
MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY
In order to access this Service, you are required to create an account by establishing a username and password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your username and password and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your account. You must (a) immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. We are not liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section.
POSTINGS AND OTHER SUBMISSIONS OF USER CONTENT
If you submit statements, questions or comments to the Service, such as product reviews, you grant CSPS a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, edit, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such statements, questions or comments, in whole or in part, in any media, now known or later developed, with or without name attribution. You also warrant that the submission does not violate the rights of any third party. We advise using discretion in submitting personal information (such as your full name or email address) in the text of your product reviews. You may not post any of the following material on the Service:
- Material which defames, abuses, or threatens others, or which contains vulgar, obscene, or indecent language or images.
- Statements that are bigoted, hateful, or racially offensive.
- Material that advocates illegal activity or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them.
- Unauthorized copyrighted material.
- Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation.
- Statements or postings that violate these terms will be deleted upon discovery, and we reserve the right to terminate any account or block access to the Service for violation of these terms.
NOTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR MAKING CLAIMS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
If you believe the Site is infringing your copyright, TFCCS will take appropriate actions under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(2) (“DMCA”). Pursuant to the DMCA, written notification of claimed copyright infringement may or should be submitted to the following Designated Agent for the Site: Service provider(s): The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Name of Designated Agent to receive notification of claimed infringement: Edwin R. Blomquist, Jr. Full address of Designated Agent to which notification should be sent: 210 Massachusetts Avenue, P09-10, Boston, MA 02115-3012. Telephone number of Designated Agent: 617-450-2000. Email address of Designated Agent: firstname.lastname@example.org. To be effective, the notification must include the following:
- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
- Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
- Identification of the material 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 the service provider to locate the material.
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
- A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
INTERNATIONAL AND INTERSTATE NATURE OF COMMUNICATIONS
You acknowledge that in using the Service, you may be sending electronic communications through our and our service providers’ computer networks, portions of which may be located in various jurisdictions in or outside the United States. Accordingly, by agreeing to these Terms, you acknowledge that use of the Service may result in interstate or international data transmissions. Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding online conduct, acceptable content, and transmission of data in your use of the Service.
You agree to indemnify, defend (at our election) and hold harmless CSPS, its affiliated entities, officers, directors, trustees, employees, contractors, agents, and third-party suppliers, from any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including without limitation reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs), arising out of your use or misuse of the Site, any breach or alleged breach by you of these Terms or of the copyright, trademark, proprietary or other rights of third-parties. CSPS reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify CSPS, and you agree to cooperate with CSPS in the defense of such claims.
MODIFICATIONS TO AND TERMINATION OF SERVICE
ACCOUNT MODIFICATION AND TERMINATION
You may modify your account at any time. If you have any questions about or would like to inactivate your account, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at +1 617 450-2790, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4:15PM Eastern time. The summer schedule (June through August) is Monday through Thursday, 9AM-4:15PM Eastern time.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
a. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
b. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (v) ANY ERRORS IN THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED.
c. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
d. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS.
e. THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING SOCIETY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR THE CONDUCT OF USERS OF THIS SITE OR INFORMATION EXCHANGED OR POSTED ON THIS SITE, INCLUDING A CLAIM OF DEFAMATION.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (i) THE USE OF OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE; (ii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (iii) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR (iv) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.
EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES
Except as otherwise expressly provided in these Terms, there shall be no third party beneficiaries to these Terms.
All disclaimers, policies, terms, conditions, and disputes hereunder will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States, without regard to their choice of law principles.
Your exclusive forum for bringing any claim or cause of action against us is the courts located in the City of Boston, Massachusetts U.S.A. You hereby accept and submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of such courts in any proceeding or action. With respect to any such proceeding or action brought in such courts, you hereby irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) any objection you may have now or in the future to such jurisdiction or venue, and (b) any claim that such action or proceeding has been brought in an inconvenient forum. Nothing limits our right to commence and prosecute any legal or equitable action or proceeding before any court of competent jurisdiction to obtain injunctive or any other form of relief.
WAIVER AND SEVERABILITY OF TERMS
Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of these Terms remain in full force and effect.
NO RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP AND NON-TRANSFERABILITY
Your account is non-transferable and any rights to your account or contents within your account terminate upon your death.
NO PERSONAL LIABILITY
No director, officer, trustee, employee, or agent of CSPS or its affiliates shall be personally liable for the performance of or failure to perform any provision of these Terms.