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Materials contained in this website should be used for lawful purposes only.

Sun.Star reserves the right to modify, suspend, discontinue or restrict use to any or all portions of the website at any time and without notice or liability.


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Sun.Star's link policies apply as well to any material in the website forwarded or distributed through e-mail, newsgroups and mailing lists.


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As such, Sun.Star reserves the right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, display and use for any purpose all messages posted in the message board and speak-out sections and any e-mail sent to the website (in whole or in part) and to incorporate any such messages or e-mails in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

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The website reserves the right to preserve and disclose content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal processes.


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CHANGES TO POLICY: Sun.Star may change the policy from time to time at its discretion. Continued use of the site indicates consent to any provision in this agreement and amendments to it. This policy was last updated on January 23, 2004.


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