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About the Fashion Industry Association

The Fashion Industry Association is an organization devoted to helping fashion industry professionals to network and work together towards success. Our visions is to see independent fashion designers, retailers, manufacturers, models, stylists, photographers, hair and makeup artists, and media building their local markets and creating a culture of cooperative business. We believe that cultivating independent talent is in the best interest of consumers and the industry as a whole.

The FIA uses a combination of gatherings and online technology to facilitate connections within the fashion industry. The gatherings are started and run by FIA members and hosted at locations all over the world.

FIA Copyright Policy

© 2011 Fashion Industry Association. All rights reserved. No part of this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the Fashion Industry Association (FIA).

To optain permission to use any content, data, or materials from the FIA website, please contact us.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At the Fashion Industry Association (FIA) we have a few fundamental principles:

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals:

It is FIA's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, FIA collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. FIA's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how FIA's visitors use its website. From time to time, FIA may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website. FIA also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. FIA does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to FIA's websites choose to interact with FIA in ways that require FIA to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that FIA gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a profile at FIA's website to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with FIA by becoming a dues-paying member, for example are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, FIA collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with FIA. FIA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
It is important to note that FIA websites are integrated with the RunwayMatrix technology platform, developed and maintained by Gomez Innovations Inc. By providing your personal information through our online systems, you are granting Gomez Innovations Inc reasonable access to your personally-identifying information for the purpose of providing the content management and web-based applications services on all FIA websites.

Aggregated Statistics

FIA may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, FIA may monitor the most popular blogs on the FIA site or use spam screening technology. FIA may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, FIA does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

FIA discloses potentially personally- identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on FIA's behalf or to provide services available at FIA's websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using FIA's websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. FIA will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, FIA discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when FIA believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of FIA, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an FIA website and have supplied your email address, FIA may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with FIA and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. FIA takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. FIA uses cookies to help FIA identify and track visitors, their usage of FIA website, and their website access preferences. FIA visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using FIA's websites, with the drawback that certain features of FIA's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by FIA and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, FIA may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in FIA's sole discretion. FIA encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have an FIA account, you should also check your account dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Terms & Conditions

The TheFIA.Org ("FIA") is provided to you for your personal entertainment, information, education, and communication through our featured content and interactive functionality available via the Internet (the "FIA Services").

Please read the Terms of Use carefully. The Terms of Use include our policy for acceptable use of the FIA Services and content, as well as your rights, obligations and restrictions regarding your use of the FIA Services. We grant you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive license to access the FIA Services for your own personal use, subject to the Terms of Use. Use of the FIA Services beyond the scope of authorized access granted to you terminates this permission.

By accessing the FIA Services, you accept, without limitation or qualification, the following Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, found here, and our existing FIA Rules (the "Rules"), found here, which are incorporated by this reference. You are only authorized to use the FIA Services if you agree to abide by the Terms of Use and all applicable laws. If you do NOT accept the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Rules, then please discontinue your use of the Site and the FIA Services.

We may modify the Terms of Use from time to time and each modification will be effective upon posting on the Site, which serves as notice to you. The Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement regarding your use of the Site or the FIA Services and supersede any such prior Terms of Use. We will attempt to notify all members of changes to these Terms of Use but are not obligated to do so, as it is important that you review the Terms of Use regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes made. When changes are made, we will indicate at the bottom of this page the date that revisions were made.

Content on the Site

You understand that all information, data, text, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, software, tags, advertisements or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. This means that you, and not FIA, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the FIA Services. We do not control the Content posted through the FIA Services and, as such, we do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content and disclaim any and all liability in connection with such Content. The opinions expressed in postings or other Content provided through the FIA Services are not necessarily those of FIA or its owner, content providers, advertisers, sponsors, affiliated or related entities. You understand that by using the FIA Services you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. You understand that we are not obligated to pre-screen, regularly review, monitor, delete or otherwise change the Content associated with the FIA Services. We do, however, reserve the right to do so at any time in our sole discretion, for any reason or no reason, and to delete any Content with or without notice. Under no circumstances will we be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available through the FIA Services.

Responsibility for Your Content (Member Content)

You are solely responsible for the Content you submit or make available for inclusion through the FIA Services ("Member Content") and the consequences of posting or publishing it. In connection with Member Content, you represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize FIA to use all trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to any and all Member Content to enable inclusion and use of the Member Content in the manner intended by the FIA Services and the Terms of Use; you agree that you will not submit Member Content that violates these Terms of Use.

Because FIA does not permit infringement of intellectual property rights through the FIA Services, we will remove all Member Content if properly notified that such Site Content or Member Content infringes on another's intellectual property rights and at our sole discretion.

FIA does not endorse any Member Content or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and we expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with Member Content. You agree that you will not submit Member Content that violates the Rules, found here, or material contrary to applicable local, national, and international laws and regulations.

Member Content: Ownership & Licenses

We do not claim ownership rights over your Member Content. However, you grant us the following worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform and publicly display Member Content through the FIA Services, solely for the purpose for which such Member Content was submitted or made available. This limited license exists only for so long as you elect to include Member Content through the FIA Services and it will terminate at the time you remove or we remove such Member Content from the FIA Services. You grant each user of the FIA Services a non-exclusive license to access your Member Content through the FIA Services, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such Member Content as permitted through the functionality of the FIA Services and under these Terms of Use.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, you understand and agree that once Member Content is incorporated into other aspects of the FIA Services by FIA and/or its members, FIA is under no obligation to delete or ask or require other FIA members to delete that Member Content, and therefore, it may continue to appear and be used through the FIA Services indefinitely pursuant to an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license. You understand and agree that we may retain, but will not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of Member Content that have been removed or deleted.

Permitted Use of Content

The content associated with the FIA Services, including without limitation, the text, software, scripts, graphics, photographs, sounds, music, videos, visual interface, design, computer code, interactive features and the like ("Site Content") and the trademarks, service marks, trade names and logos contained therein, except all Member Content, are owned by or licensed to FIA, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under the law. Except as expressly and unambiguously provided herein, FIA does not grant you any express or implied rights, and all rights in and to the FIA Services and the Site Content are retained by FIA.

You may access Member Content for your information and personal, non-commercial use solely as intended through the provided functionality of the FIA Services. Member Content and Site Content are provided to you "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" for your information and personal, non-commercial use only, to be used solely as intended through the provided functionality of the FIA Services and may not be downloaded, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of the respective owners, and it may not be used as prohibited under the Terms of Use.

Copyright Infringement Policy

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and other applicable laws, we have adopted a policy of disabling or terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, the account of any FIA member who infringes the intellectual property rights of you, us, or any third party. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please notify us by following our DMCA notification procedure, found here.

Member Accounts

In order to participate in the FIA Services, you must create an account and become a FIA member. All members will receive a password and are responsible for maintaining confidentiality of such password. Each member's right to use the FIA Services is personal to the member and members are entirely responsible for any and all activities which occur under their account whether authorized or not authorized. You agree to notify FIA of any unauthorized use of your account or any other breach of security known or that should be known to you. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for your interaction with other members of the Site, and that we have no obligation to monitor or resolve disputes between members of the Site.

Member Conduct

You may not use the FIA Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by the Terms of Use and/or any applicable additional terms, including the Rules, found here. Your access to the FIA Services may be terminated immediately, in our sole discretion, with or without notice, if you fail to comply with any provision of the Terms of Use and/or additional terms, including the Rules, or for any other reason, or no reason. You expressly agree not to:
You agree not to use the FIA Services for any commercial use, without the prior written authorization of FIA. Prohibited commercial uses include any of the following actions taken without our express approval:

Unauthorized commercial uses do not include uploading Member Content to the FIA Services to promote your business or artistic enterprise, or any use that FIA expressly authorizes in writing.
In addition, the following behaviors or activities are strictly prohibited when using the FIA Services by any member or FIA Services user:
We maintain a policy of cooperation with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing FIA to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials. We have the right, but not an obligation, to strictly enforce the Terms of Use through self-help, moderation, active investigation, litigation and prosecution.

If you produce content that is covered under 18 U.S.C. 2257 labeling requirements, you may be subject to the name- and age-verification, record keeping, and labeling requirements of 18 U.S.C. 2257. You can find more information on 18 U.S.C. 2257 and compliance here.

Termination of Service

You agree that FIA, in its sole discretion, has the right, but not the obligation, to delete or deactivate your member account, block your IP address, or otherwise terminate your access to or use of the FIA Services, or any part thereof, immediately and without notice, and remove and delete any Member Content on the FIA Services, for any reason, including, without limitation, if we believe that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Terms of Use. Further, you agree that FIA will not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to the FIA Services. Further, you agree not to attempt to use the FIA Services after your member account has been terminated.

You agree that if you are dissatisfied with the FIA Services, if you do not agree with any part of the Terms of Use, or if you have any other dispute or claim with or against us with respect to the Terms of Use or the FIA Services, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the FIA Services.

Membership Fees / Refund Policy

FIA members may have profiles either at a "basic" level (free) or may sign up for a paid membership. FIA charges membership fees for each paid membership account. Paid membership account fees are automatically renewed according to the member's selected renewal options, unless deactivated by the subscribing member. FIA will automatically charge the membership fee to your designated payment method and you authorize us to charge such payment method for the appropriate membership fees and amounts stated. FIA reserves the right to increase membership fees or to institute new fees at any time upon reasonable notice (a minimum of 30 days) posted in advance on the Site. The act of paying fees does not exclude you from the Terms of Use or the Rules, which must be adhered to by all members.

Membership fees are charged up-front. FIA does not provide refunds or credits for any membership fees. Downgrades to a less expensive membership or cancellation of any membership or termination of any membership will not result in any refund or credit of fees already paid. The cancellation or downgrade of a membership will go into effect at the end of the then-current billing cycle. We may offer other paid services or features associated with the FIA Services, subject to specified terms and conditions, which are incorporated by this reference.

Links

The FIA Services may provide links to other websites or resources. Because we have no control over such websites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that FIA is not responsible for the availability of such external websites and resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products or other materials on or available from such websites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that we will not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such website or resource.

Children Online Protection Act Notification

We hereby notify you that parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software, or filtering services) are commercially available that may assist you in limiting access to material that is harmful to minors. Information identifying current providers of such protections is available at ParentalSoftware.org's website, http://www.parentalsoftware.org.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold FIA, our owner, and each of its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, agents, vendors or other partners, employees and FIA moderators harmless from any claim or demand, including attorneys' fees and costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of any Content, material or information posted, provided, transmitted or otherwise made available by you on or through the FIA Services, by your violation of the Terms of Use, or by your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right.

Trademark Information

FIA is a registered trademark and logo. You agree that all FIA's trademarks, including FIA trade names, service marks, logos and service names are trademarks and the property of FIA. Without our prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner any FIA mark. All trademarks included in the FIA Services not owned by FIA are the property of their respective owners. Nothing contained on the FIA Services may be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any right or license to use any trademark.

Disclaimer of Warranties / Limitation of Liability

You understand and agree that the FIA Services are provided "AS-IS" or "AS AVAILABLE," and that we assume no responsibility for your ability to (or any costs or fees associated with your ability to) obtain access to the FIA Services, nor do we assume any liability for the failure to store or maintain any user communications or personal settings.

No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from the FIA Services shall create any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Use. In no event shall FIA or its owner, or affiliates, be liable to you or any third party for any indirect, consequential, exemplary, incidental, special or punitive damages, including lost profit damages, loss of or damage to reputation or loss of information, arising from your use of the FIA Services even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the disclaimer, exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the foregoing disclaimer, exclusion and limitation may not apply to you, and you may have other legal rights that vary according to jurisdiction. In no event will damages provided by law, if any, apply unless they are required to apply by law, notwithstanding their exclusion by contract.

We disclaim all liability for any loss or damage arising out of your communications or dealings with any of the businesses, advertisers, FIA members or users of the FIA Services. Your communications or dealings with such businesses, advertisers, members and users are solely between you and them, although we reserve the right to monitor disputes between you and them.

Our maximum aggregate liability to you for any causes whatsoever, and regardless of the form of action, shall at all times be limited to the greater of (A) the amount paid, if any, by you to us in connection with the FIA Services in the 12 months prior to the action giving rise to the liability, or (B) US$100.00. You and FIA agree that any cause of action arising out of or related to the FIA Services must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action accrues, otherwise, such cause of action is permanently barred.

If you promote a contest, sweepstakes or giveaway on FIA without our express, advanced approval, you do so at your risk and you assume all risk and liability; you further agree to hold FIA harmless from any claim, demand or damages.

General

If there is any claim or dispute about or involving the FIA Services, you agree that the claim or dispute will be governed by the laws of the State of Florida, United States of America, without regard to conflict of law provisions. You agree to and hereby submit to exclusive personal jurisdiction and venue in the state and federal courts located in the County of Pinellas County, Florida, respectively, with respect to any such matters, and you agree to waive any and all objections to jurisdiction and to venue. The FIA Services are controlled and offered by FIA in the United States and we make no representation that materials associated with the FIA Services are appropriate or available for use in other locations, and accessing them from jurisdictions where the content is illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to use or access the FIA Services from other jurisdictions do so at their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

You affirm that you are either more than 18 years of age, or an emancipated minor, or possess legal parental or guardian consent, and are fully able and competent to enter into these terms, conditions, obligations, affirmations, representations, and warranties set forth in the Terms of Use, and to abide by and comply with the Terms of Use. In any case, you affirm that you are over the age of 16, as the FIA Services are not intended for persons under 16. If you are under 16 years of age, then please do not use the FIA Services.

Our failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Use will not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms of Use is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision is deemed severable and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

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