Last updated January 2018
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- Embedding content from this website
Use of this website is governed by the laws that apply in the province of British Columbia.
Don’t submit personal information
When you submit a question to People’s Law School using the website, you agree not to submit any personal information that can identify you, other than your first name and email address. We will use your first name and email address only to notify you of a response to your question. We otherwise collect and store no personal information about visitors to the website.
No solicitor-client relationship
Submitting a question to People’s Law School using the website is not intended to create a solicitor-client relationship. Email contact with any staff or volunteers associated with People’s Law School is not intended to establish a solicitor-client relationship.
The question and any response may be published
When you submit a question to People’s Law School using the website, you agree that the question and any response may be published on the website. People’s Law School reserves the right to edit your question before publishing it. We also reserve the right not to publish your question.
Not legal advice
At People’s Law School, we believe accurate, plain English information can help people take action to work out their legal problems. The information on this website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia. It is not intended as legal advice.
Information provided in any email or response from staff or volunteers associated with People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia. It is not intended as legal advice.
Templates provided on this website are samples only. They are not intended as legal advice.
Difference between legal information and legal advice
Legal information explains the law in general terms. It can discuss options and possible next steps.
Legal advice applies the law to an individual's specific situation. It includes recommending a specific option or next step, or providing assurance that information applies to an individual's specific situation.
We recommend that you consult a legal professional in British Columbia if you want recommendations on next steps or assurance that any information is appropriate to your specific situation.
The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names and images have been changed to protect people's privacy. The cases are included to help you think about how to deal with your own situation.
Contents of linked websites
People’s Law School assumes no responsibility for the contents of websites we link to. The inclusion of a link to another site should not be taken as an endorsement by People’s Law School of that other site. Nor should it be taken as establishing any association with the operators of that other site. People’s Law School has no control over the availability of the linked pages.
Where another website has embedded content from this website, People’s Law School assumes no responsibility for any other content on that website. The inclusion of People’s Law School content on another site should not be taken as an endorsement by People’s Law School of that other site. Nor should it be taken as establishing any association with the operators of that other site.
The content on the People’s Law School website, except for the images, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (“CC BY-NC-SA 4.0”).
CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 is an open license—an alternative to traditional copyright that enables and encourages sharing of intellectual property. Except for the images, you are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to adapt, remix, and build upon the material under the following terms:
- Attribution: You must give acredit to People’s Law School. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests People’s Law School endorses you or your use.
- NonCommercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
- ShareAlike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your work under the same CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.
Limits on use of images
Support for open licensing
People’s Law School is pleased to be part of a global movement of public institutions, governments, and not-for-profit organizations who have chosen to adopt open licensing policies. Open licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work. In doing so, we believe we are demonstrating our commitment to information sharing and building capacity for social innovation in the community.
The People’s Law School open licensing approach is adapted from the "Hewlett Foundation Open Licensing Toolkit for Staff" from the Hewlett Foundation and the "Vancouver Foundation Open Licensing Policy" from the Vancouver Foundation.
The permission to embed People’s Law School content on your website is based on the following terms:
- You will not alter the appearance of any logos or taglines in the embedded content without written authorization from People’s Law School.
- You will not use the People’s Law School name, logo, or link in a way that implies sponsorship or endorsement by People’s Law School.
- You will not make negative or disparaging references to People’s Law School.
- You agree that your website will not contain material that:
- is obscene, libelous, or defamatory,
- infringes any other entity's intellectual property rights,
- infringes upon or violates any applicable law, or
- in any manner is determined by People’s Law School, in its sole discretion, to be contrary to its best interests and reputation.
- People’s Law School may terminate your rights to participate in content embedding at any time, for any reason, by written notice, to take effect as soon as you receive it.
- People’s Law School will not be liable to you for any damages or other losses of any type arising from embedding its content, including indirect, consequential, or punitive damages.
- Participating in content embedding does not create a relationship of agency, partnership, or joint venture between you and People’s Law School, and neither party will be entitled to bind or represent the other party.
If you have any questions or comments about these terms, please contact us.