The Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society (COHS) does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

  • We provide the information to trusted partners who work on behalf of or with COHS under confidentiality agreements. These companies may use your personal information to help COHS communicate with you about offers from COHS and our marketing partners. However, these companies do not have any independent right to share this information.
  • We have a parent’s permission to share the information if the user is a child under age 13. Parents have the option of allowing COHS to collect and use their child’s information without consenting to COHS sharing of this information with people and companies who may use this information for their own purposes.
  • We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
  • We believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of COHS’s Terms Of Service, or as otherwise required by law.

Terms of Service:

Your use of The Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society’s (the Society’s) products, software, services and web sites (referred to collectively as the “Services” in this document) is subject to the terms of a legal agreement between you and the Society, a non-profit organization incorporated in West Virginia, whose principal place of business is at 312 E. Ridgeway St. Clifton Forge, VA 24422. This document explains how the agreement is made up, and sets out some of the terms of that agreement.

Unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Society, your agreement with the Society will always include, at a minimum, the terms and conditions set out in this document. In order to use the Services, you must first agree to the Terms. You may not use the Services if you do not accept the Terms. You accept the Terms by actually using the Services. In this case, you understand and agree that the Society will treat your use of the Services as acceptance of the Terms from that point onwards.

Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with the Society, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose.You understand that all nformation (such as data files, written text, computer software, music, audio files or other sounds, photographs, videos or other images) which you may have access to as part of, or through your use of, the Services are the sole responsibility of the person from which such content originated.

You should be aware that content presented to you as part of the Services, including but not limited to advertisements in the Services and sponsored content within the Services may be protected by intellectual property rights which are owned by the sponsors or advertisers who provide that content to the Society (or by other persons or companies on their behalf). You may not modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on this content (either in whole or in part) unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by the Society or by the owners of that content, in a separate agreement.

You acknowledge and agree that the Society owns all legal right, title and interest in and to the material provided, including any intellectual property rights which subsist in the Services (whether those rights happen to be registered or not, and wherever in the world those rights may exist). Unless you have agreed otherwise in writing with the Society, you do not have the right to use any of the Society’s trade names, trade marks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features.

If you have been given an explicit right to use any of these brand features in a separate written agreement with the Society, then you agree that your use of such features shall be in compliance with that agreement, any applicable provisions of the Terms, and the Society’s brand feature use guidelines.

You agree that you shall not remove, obscure, or alter any proprietary rights notices (including copyright and trade mark notices) which may be affixed to or contained within the Services.

Unless you have been expressly authorized to do so in writing by the Society, you agree that in using the Services, you will not use any trade mark, service mark, trade name, logo of any company or organization in a way that is likely or intended to cause confusion about the owner or authorized user of such marks, names or logos.

You may not (and you may not permit anyone else to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Software or any part thereof, unless this is expressly permitted or required by law, or unless you have been specifically told that you may do so by the Society, in writing.

Unless the Society has given you specific written permission to do so, you may not assign (or grant a sub-license of) your rights to use the information provided on this site, grant a security interest in or over your rights to use the information or images, or otherwise transfer any part of your rights to use the information or images.

It is the Society’s policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with applicable international intellectual property law (including, in the United States, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and to terminating the accounts of repeat infringers.

The Services may include hyperlinks to other web sites or content or resources. The Society may have no control over any web sites or resources which are provided by companies or persons other than the Society. You acknowledge and agree that the Society is not responsible for the availability of any such external sites or resources, and does not endorse any advertising, products or other materials on or available from such web sites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that the Society is not liable for any loss or damage which may be incurred by you as a result of the availability of those external sites or resources, or as a result of any reliance placed by you on the completeness, accuracy or existence of any advertising, products or other materials on, or available from, such web sites or resources.

The Terms constitute the whole legal agreement between you and the Society and govern your use of the Services (but excluding any services which the Society may provide to you under a separate written agreement), and completely replace any prior agreements between you and the Society in relation to the Services.

You agree that if the Society does not exercise or enforce any legal right or remedy which is contained in the Terms (or which the Society has the benefit of under any applicable law), this will not be taken to be a formal waiver of the Society’s rights and that those rights or remedies will still be available to the Society.

The Terms, and your relationship with the Society under the Terms, shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. You and the Society agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the Commonwealth of Virginia to resolve any legal matter arising from the Terms. Notwithstanding this, you agree that the Society shall still be allowed to apply for injunctive remedies (or an equivalent type of urgent legal relief) in any jurisdiction.