Terms & Conditions

Terms of Use

These Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy, as each is amended from time to time, apply to you when you view, access or otherwise use any materials or pages hosted in the ohiolegalhelp.org domain (our “Website”).  By accessing or using this Website, you are acknowledging that you have read, understand, and agree without limitation or qualification to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree with these Terms of Use, you do not have the right to access or otherwise use this Website and, accordingly, you should not do so.

1. Modifications of Terms of Use

Ohio Poverty Law Center (OPLC) reserves the right to change these Terms of Use at any time, and you agree that each visit to this Website shall be subject to the current Terms of Use. Accordingly, you should check these Terms of Use periodically for changes prior to using this Website.

2. Intellectual Property Rights

This Website is owned and operated by Ohio Poverty Law Center. Ohio Poverty Law Center is the owner of the compilation of data, images, software, documentation, text, audio and audio-visual materials and other intellectual property hosted on this Website.

Ohio Poverty Law Center does not necessarily own each component of the content on its Website. Ohio Poverty Law Center may own some content. Other content may be owned by third-party rights owners (i.e., individuals or organizations not affiliated with Ohio Poverty Law Center), and Ohio Poverty Law Center has secured permission from the owner to use the content. In other instances, content may be in the public domain, or Ohio Poverty Law Center relies on fair use of content. Ohio Poverty Law Center does not warrant that use of any content displayed on its Website will not infringe the rights of third parties.  Content under copyright held by a third party may be subject to additional intellectual property notices, information or restrictions. Users are responsible for reviewing the applicable content to identify third-party material.

3. User Licenses – Non-Data Content

This Website is managed by the Ohio Poverty Law Center.  Unless otherwise noted, the content on this Website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Content licensed under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license allows a user to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.  Ohio Poverty Law Center cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made when using content licensed under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.  If you remix, transform or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

4. User Licenses – Data

Unless otherwise noted, the data on Our website is made available with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication CC0 1.0 Universal, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/.  Ohio Poverty Law Center waives all rights to the data worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the data, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. While not required, we ask that you give proper credit when using data from Our Website in your own work.

5. Disclaimer and Warranty

Neither Ohio Poverty Law Center nor any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing any content or services contained on this Website, nor any of their respective directors, officers, employees or agents, makes any warranty whatsoever, including without limitation that the Website will be uninterrupted or error free; nor do they make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from use of the Website or as to the accuracy, reliability, quality or content of any information, service or product provided on or through the Website.

The site is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, security, accuracy and non-infringement, other than those warranties which are incapable of exclusion, restriction or modification under the laws applicable to these Terms of Use.  Use of this Website is at your own risk. You assume full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from your downloading and/or use of files, data, information, other communications, content or services accessed through or obtained by means of this Website.

To the extent permitted by law, Ohio Poverty Law Center, its affiliates, and any person or entity involved in creating, producing or distributing any content contained on this Website, and any of their respective directors, officers, employees or agents, will not be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages of any kind arising out of or related to the use of or inability to use this Website, or the breach of any representation or warranty, whether as a breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or any other cause of action, even if Ohio Poverty Law Center has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

6. Accuracy of Information and Links to Other Websites and/or Materials

Links may appear on this Website that may be used to link to third party website(s) (“Linked Websites”). These links are provided solely as a courtesy to our Website visitors. We have no control over the linked sites or the materials, information, goods or services available or contained on these Linked Sites. Ohio Poverty Law Center is not responsible for and does not endorse or warrant in any way any materials, information, goods or services available through Linked Websites or any privacy or other practices of such Linked Websites. If you decide to access any of the Linked Websites, you do so entirely at your own risk. We reserve the right to add, change, decline or remove any link at any time.

7. User Content

Subject to our Privacy Policy, all content that you post on the Site will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary to you and may be viewed by you and/or other users of the Website.  Although Ohio Poverty Law Center may from time to time monitor or review discussions, chats, postings, transmissions, bulletin boards, and the like on the Website, Ohio Poverty Law Center is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the content of any such locations nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, obscenity, pornography, profanity, danger, or inaccuracy contained in any information within such locations on the Website. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material or any material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. Ohio Poverty Law Center will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing Ohio Poverty Law Center to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials.

You hereby grant to Ohio Poverty Law Center a royalty-free, unrestricted, world-wide, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, and fully transferable, assignable, sub-licensable right and license to reproduce, distribute, modify, copy, publish, display, transmit, adapt, upload, create derivative works of, or post any content posted by you on the Website (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed for any purpose.

8. Trademarks

Ohio Poverty Law Center, and associated trademarks, servicemarks, logos and design elements are owned by Ohio Poverty Law Center. All rights reserved. Nothing contained herein should be construed as granting, by implication or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademarks, service marks, logos or design elements displayed in this Website, except to provide attribution as specified herein, without the express written permission of Ohio Poverty Law Center or any third party that may own such marks displayed.

9. Copyright Claims

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that materials posted on this Page infringe your copyright, you (or your agent) may send us a notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it blocked. The notice must include the following information:

  1. a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; 
  2. identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed (or if multiple copyrighted works located on the Page are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works); 
  3. identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or the subject of infringing activity, and information reasonably sufficient to allow OPLC to locate the material on the Page; 
  4. the name, address, telephone number and email address (if available) of the complaining party; 
  5. 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; and 
  6. 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. If you believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed by OPLC against you, the DMCA permits you to send OPLC a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see https://www.copyright.gov/ for details. 

We suggest that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Also, be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA. Please note that the above name/address is for notifications of claimed copyright infringement only.

10. Governing Law

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio and of the United States of America without regard to conflict of laws provisions.  You and Ohio Poverty Law Center agree that any legal or equitable claim or dispute relating to these Terms of Use shall be exclusively brought in the appropriate state or federal court in Ohio and you agree to submit to personal jurisdiction in Ohio.

11. Complete Agreement

These Terms of Use, together with our Privacy Policy, form the complete and exclusive agreement between you and Ohio Poverty Law Center, and they supersede all prior or contemporaneous proposals, oral or written, understandings, representations, conditions, warranties, and all other communications between you and Ohio Poverty Law Center relating to the use of the Website. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. The section headings used herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of these Terms of Use. If any provision of these Terms of Use shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.


If you have any questions or comments about the terms & conditions, please forward them to:

Ohio Poverty Law Center
1108 City Park, Suite 200
Columbus, Ohio 43206


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