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Legal Information & Terms of Use

The legal language I need to use to protect the Library is in regular text, and my personal comments are in italics...

Much of this is all some very hard to read legal language, but pages like this are pretty standard for any internet these days because there are occasionally idiots who take no responsibility for their irresponsibility and need a warning for everything (hot coffee, anyone?). Because enough Americans have replaced personal responsibility with their attorney telephone numbers on speed dial, this is required now.

Any trademarks or service marks appear in The Crittenden Automotive Library are intended to be in nominative use and are sole property of their respective owners, who are not affiliated with or in any way endorse The Crittenden Automotive Library.

Articles, press releases, photographs, newsletters, audio, video and other media are presented without warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, quality, correctness, validity, or suitability for use of any material either submitted to the Library for publication or added to the Library through the use of licensed material.  What all this all means in plain English is, information found in this library is much the same as books are on the shelves in a traditional library: we merely exist to present the information we can find and we present it "as is."  It is up to you, the user (or in this case the online library patron), to consider the sources of the material and make your own judgements as to the accuracy and usefulness of the content.  For your consideration: any good community library will have a copy of the Bible, the Torah, the Quran, and Darwin's Origin of Species, they can't all be completely true and it's up to you to decide to your benefit or detriment which to believe.

Content of any type in no way represents the opinions of The Crittenden Automotive Library.  Articles and comments by Bill Crittenden are his own personal opinions and also do not represent the opinion of the Library itself.  Actually, as a whole the Library tries not to have an opinion at all, and attempts to remain as neutral as possible. President Barack Obama's appearance on the American Government icon is due to his position as President of the United States. If you don't like that, please take your issues with democracy to Fox News. We're busy helping people find car information here and have no time for your disppoinement with democracy. We'll replace it as soon as a suitable Public Domain image of the 45th President of the United States is available.

For statistics and information as presented on the Topic pages, every effort has been made to determine the accuracy of what is presented.  Should a mistake be found, please e-mail us so that we can correct it.  The Library's value is as a compilation of data from multiple sources and errors can occur in copying, transferring and translating data, so if you want to ensure the most accurate data available, double-check the accuracy of the information with the source directly.  There are literally millions of lines of code, much of it manually entered, into over 20,000 pages containing information from over 1,000 sources. Nobody's 100% perfect, so before making any serious decisions based on information you found in The Crittenden Automotive Library, you should check my sources directly to make sure I copied the information accurately or get a second opinion! Even a 0.01% error rate will be magnified into hundreds of errors considering the volume of data available.

Due to the enormous volume of information available many of the lists on the site are works in progress.  They are great for seeing what information or products are available or what events have happened but the absence of information or a line item on a list should not be interpreted that something did not exist or did not happen.  It probably just means we haven't gotten around to adding it yet. Don't assume that ommission from the Library means something didn't happen or doesn't exist.

Unless otherwise noted, photo captions are from the photographer or source, and not from The Crittenden Automotive Library staff.

Terms of Use

Since you have now been informed of the nature of the Library and the data it contains, in using this site you agree that in no event shall The Crittenden Automotive Library, CarsAndRacingStuff.com or William D. Crittenden be liable to any party for any direct, indirect, special, consequential or punitive damages (including, but not limited to, damages for personal injury, loss of business profits, loss of time, property damage, business interruption, business reputation, etc.), or any other damages arising in any way out of the use of any information found on CarsAndRacingStuff.com or connected to The Crittenden Automotive Library, even if Bill Crittenden, The Crittenden Automotive Library or CarsAndRacingStuff.com shall have been notified or advised of the possibility of such damages, and regardless of the form of action, whether in contract, tort, or otherwise for any claim attributable to errors, omissions, or other inaccuracies in, or destructive properties of any of the information found in The Crittenden Automotive Library or on CarsAndRacingStuff.com.

By accessing information on CarsAndRacingStuff.com or any of the related official social media accounts, you agree to reimburse within thirty (30) days any legal costs incurred by William D. Crittenden or The Crittenden Automotive Library in responding to legal actions you initiate, are a party to, or otherwise cause or contribute to, for any reason whatsoever. You irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the circuit courts located in the 22nd District of Illinois or in the Federal Courts located in the Northern District of Illinois.

If you've read this far, I'm sorry I had to put you through all that, but this sort of thing is required in today's world. Why? Did I mention how many people have replaced personal responsibility with their attorney telephone numbers on speed dial? Have you ever heard the term vexatious litigation? Well, unfortunately, in running The Crittenden Automotive Library I've had to deal with it, and I have neither the time nor the budget to tolerate it any more. So that's done, now you can go back to enjoying reading about cars!

Privacy Policy

We track visitor information using Google Analytics.  From what I can tell of Analytics, it means I can tell which IP addresses access which pages of the site and roughly where it's coming from geographically.  Nothing in that is personally identifiable unless you were to publish your IP address!  I just use this to try and figure out which pages are the most popular and how many visitors a day I get so that we can direct our efforts towards publishing more information that people will find useful.  I assume Google may use the information as well in some other way related to advertising and serving search results but I have no idea what they do with that, you'll have to ask Google.

Intellectual Property

The Crittenden Automotive Library claims copyright in original Topic and other item descriptions and issues of Tail Lights newsletter, as well as trademark on the "Green Wheel" logo.  All other intellectual property remains the possession of its original creator.  The Crittenden Automotive Library cannot grant permission to republish copyrighted information found used here with permission, please contact the original creator of the work to ask for permission.

The Crittenden Automotive Library is a collection of automotive information from numerous sources.  Sources include direct contributors, public domain media, and work licensed through Creative Commons, GNU licenses, or other publicly redistributable information.  If you own the rights to something that has been accidentally copied into the Library, please inform us right away at admin@carsandracingstuff.com so that it can be removed. I've had people misrepresent copyrighted information as their own and submit it to me for publication under their own name, and I've seen copyrighted material licensed for Creative Commons use by internet users who had no rights to license the work.  If you find something of yours in the Library, please know that it wasn't intentional and I'll fix it right away without making you jump through the hoops of filling out a complaint or sending a registered snail-mail letter like other sites require. We're nice like that!



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