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Assistance, Privacy Policies, Accessibility Issues, Copyrights, and Other Disclaimers

If you need assistance with this site, or desire removal of or credit for anything presented on these pages, please let us know("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=30498&sys_revision=1&sys_variantid=1140&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="1140" sys_dependentid="30498" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="30498" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") and we will immediately take care of it for you. Copyrighted materials that appear on this website were considered to be available to NIEHS for use solely in a non-profit manner and as an educational tool for children under the provisions of the Standards for Fair Use established in Rose-Acuff Music v. Campbell; but if you feel that use is not appropriate, please email us at kids@niehs.nih.gov so that we can quickly correct the problem. Emails and telephone calls (919) 541-3345 are welcomed and will result in prompt responses; but if you prefer, postal correspondence should be sent to: "NIEHS Kids' Pages, NIEHS Office of Management, PO Box 12233, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, or street address: Nottingham Hall, Room 270, 4505 Emperor Boulevard Research Triangle Park, NC 27703.
The educational, non-commercial purpose of this site and other applicable policies and disclaimers are described in further detail in the materials linked from the Index below.

Privacy Policy Notices

NIEHS conforms in full with HHS Privacy Policies  and the HHS Children's Privacy Policies  as stated below:

  • We collect no information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored (see below), when you visit our web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.
  • E-mail sent to NIEHS or other contacts linked from our site may be seen by a number of people who are responsible for answering questions. If you send an e-mail, you are advised that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. So, if your communication includes sensitive information, please contact us by postal mail or telephone rather than by email.

Children's Rights to Privacy

NIEHS is especially concerned about protecting children's privacy. We encourage parents and teachers to stay involved and in control of children's Internet explorations. It is particularly important for parents to provide guidance to their children relative to providing personal information online. NIEHS does encourage children to send email messages to NIEHS if they have questions about our website or need assistance with environmental health and sciences issues. If children request materials and include their name, email address, and/or home mailing address as part of their message, we are careful to use that information solely to personally respond to them. Providing that type of information is entirely optional, and we specifically ask children to obtain their parents' permission before providing any information online—at our site or any other site. We hope parents will always be involved in those decisions. Most importantly, when children do provide information through the NIEHS Kids' Pages website, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and is not used to create profiles of any type.

Information Automatically Collected and Stored:

When you browse through any web site, certain personal information about you can be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following information about your visit:

  • the name of the domain you use to access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are using an American Online account, or stanford.edu, if you are connecting from Stanford University's domain);
  • the date and time of your visit;
  • the pages you visited; and
  • the address of the website you came from when you came to visit.

We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

 

If You Send Us Personal Information....

You do not have to give us personal information to visit our web sites. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an email message, etc., we will only maintain the information as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. However, some communications may be maintained, as required by law, for historical purposes. These communications are protected by the Privacy Act which restricts our use of them while permitting limited disclosures. Now that you know that any information you send us will be protected, you may proceed to Requests for Information or Copies("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=27405&sys_revision=3&sys_variantid=971&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="971" sys_dependentid="27405" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="27405" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="").

Disclosure:

HHS does not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or statute.

Intrusion Detection:

  • This site is maintained by the U.S. Government. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 are subject to criminal prosecution in federal court.
  • For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

Systems of Records:

Information originally collected in traditional paper systems can be submitted electronically, i.e., electronic commerce transactions and information updates about eligibility benefits. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed pursuant to the Federal Records Act, and in some cases may be subject to the Privacy Act. If information that you submit is to be used in a Privacy Act system of records, there will be a Privacy Act Notice provided.

Copyrights Disclaimer

Materials developed by NIEHS and other government agencies are considered to be in the "public domain." However, the NIEHS site also includes large volumes of non-government information and materials("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=27405&sys_revision=3&sys_variantid=971&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="971" sys_dependentid="27405" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="27405" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") owned/created by others, including copyrighted materials and materials sponsored by private companies or commercial organizations. Therefore, most of the graphics, lyrics, midis, jokes, riddles, games, and other materials available from this server are protected under the U.S. and foreign Copyright laws . The copyright holders retain all rights to publish or reproduce those documents or to allow others to do so. Permission from their authors/copyright holders would be required before you could download, use, or reproduce these materials in any form, and NIEHS does not have the authority to grant such permission to you or to assist you in that regard. Some records of registrations and ownership documents (since 1978) may be available at the United States Copyright Office, Records Search  website.

Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code)  also govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions or use of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives may furnish a photocopy or other reproduction, but the photocopy or reproduction cannot be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." Therefore, all lyrics, midis, graphics, and other non-NIEHS materials on this website shall only be used for private study, scholarship, or research. If a user/visitor of this website uses a (photo)copy or reproduction of any material for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user/visitor may be liable for copyright infringement. Many items on this website do not contain individual copyright notices. The lack of a notice does not necessarily mean that the work is not protected by copyright law.

Of special note: It is not the intent of NIEHS to violate or infringe upon any copyrights. Our use is presumed to be appropriate in accordance with "Fair Use" provisions. However, if any copyrighted material has been inappropriately included on these pages, please let us know("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=30498&sys_revision=2&sys_variantid=1140&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="1140" sys_dependentid="30498" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="30498" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") and action will be immediately taken to rectify the situation either by removing the materials or obtaining permission from the owners.

With regard to NIEHS materials, please review the Requests for Copies of NIEHS Curricular Materials("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=27405&sys_revision=3&sys_variantid=971&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="971" sys_dependentid="27405" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="27405" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") and Other Educational Publications website for information about obtaining government publications. Additional information is also available about Requests to Use Non-Government Materials for Other Purposes (Copyright Restrictions)("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=27405&sys_revision=3&sys_variantid=971&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="971" sys_dependentid="27405" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="27405" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid=""), with regard to reproducing or further use or distribution of some of the non-government materials included on the NIEHS Kids' Pages website.

 

Fair Use Disclaimer:

The NIEHS Kids' Pages are a Federal Government creation; therefore, our site is wholly non-commercial and non-profit in purpose. It is our understanding that the materials (music, sound clips, graphics, applets, text, etc.) included on the NIEHS Kids' Pages were available to NIEHS for use on this site as covered under the standards for Fair Use established in Rose-Acuff Music v. Campbell. The Fair Use provision applies four factors, and the material presented on the NIEHS Kids' Pages website is believed to meet those factors as follows:

  1. Purpose and Character of Use
    The NIEHS Kids' Pages are a government (non-profit) educational website designed to teach children about the connections between their health and the environment and to encourage children to pursue careers in health, science, and the environment. Visit our Purpose, Character of Use, and Authorization website for more information. No commercial gains will be generated by the contents of this website. Copyrighted materials appearing herein were considered to be available to NIEHS for use solely in a non-profit manner as an educational tool for children. However, if you or someone else deserves credit for anything on this site, or if anything here should not be presented, let us know("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=30498&sys_revision=2&sys_variantid=1140&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="1140" sys_dependentid="30498" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="30498" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") and we'll promptly take care of it.
  2. Nature of Copyrighted Work
    The materials presented on this website, including graphics, music, sound clips, applets, text, etc., are not considered to be "vital" to any other organization or entity, and their appearance on this site is not presumed to be capable of damaging any other organizations or entities in any way. The materials on this site are all presented in a positive context. In addition, it is presumed that the use by NIEHS of any materials that may represent the work of other organizations and entities would, if anything, inadvertently help boost the popularity of those organizations or entities.
  3. Relative Amount
    There is limited use of protected materials on this site. No original soundtracks or recordings are included. However, as indicated above, please let us know("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=30498&sys_revision=2&sys_variantid=1140&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="1140" sys_dependentid="30498" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="30498" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") if this is not the case or if there are other concerns, and the matter will be promptly rectified.
  4. Effect Upon Potential Market
    No harmful effect on the market of any other organization or entity that may be represented in any form on this website is anticipated. If anything, organizations or entities represented by materials included on the NIEHS Kids Page might inadvertently be helped by the references made herein. However, such promotions are considered to be negligible and it is not the intention of NIEHS to promote or favor any particular non-government organization or entity. Refer to the "Disclaimer of Endorsement" above.

Requests to Suggest Commercial Resources for Purchases:

The NIEHS Kids' Pages were not created as a resource for answering questions about music, locating lyrics or midis, or serving as an authority of any kind on commercial music resources. We simply provide a kids sing-along site as part of our science education website initiatives, and we usually only add songs that would be useful in educational settings. You might try a major search engine to locate such resources, using something like the following as keywords:

+order +music +"put song title here"

However, you must use your own best judgement before placing orders online or by any other means. NIEHS cannot guarantee that the companies that you locate during an Internet search are reputable, will protect your privacy, or will provide the product that you're seeking. 

Web Policies

For more on Cookies, Links to and Comments from External Sites, Accessibility, General Disclaimers, and Medical Disclaimers, please visit NIEHS Web Policies.


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