Terms of Use

Use of Content from this Website

THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE® (“the Stone Age Institute” or “SAI”) provides the content on the the Stone Age Institute website. The Stone Age Institute may allow visitors to use its online content for personal, educational and other non-commercial purposes. By using the SAI Websites, including all web pages related to <www.stoneageinstitute.org> and <www.bigbangtowww.org>, you accept and agree to abide by the following terms.

Intellectual Property Rights in Content

THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE® is the owner of the compilation of content that is posted on the SAI Websites, which consists of text, images, audio, video, databases, design, codes and software (“Content”). However, the Stone Age Institute does not necessarily own each component of the compilation. The Content that the Stone Age Institute makes available on the SAI Websites may be owned by the Stone Age Institute, owned by others and used with their permission (such as user-generated content), or used in accordance with applicable law. Some Content is in the public domain and some Content is protected by third party rights, such as copyright, trademark, rights of publicity, privacy, and contractual restrictions.

The Stone Age Institute websites Content are identified as having “no known copyright restrictions” when the Stone Age Institute is unaware of any copyright restrictions on its use. This may mean that: (1) a copyright existed at one time but was not renewed, or the copyright may have expired, or the owner may have intentionally placed the Content into the public domain; or (2) the Content was never eligible for copyright protection because it was created by an employee of the United States as part of his or her official duties, or (3) there are no copyright markings or other indications on the Content to indicate that it was copyrighted or otherwise restricted; or (4) Stone Age Institute records do not indicate any evidence of copyright restrictions.

These facts do not necessarily mean that the Content is in the public domain, but rather indicate that no evidence has been found to show that copyright restrictions apply. The Stone Age Institute makes every effort to provide information that it possesses about the copyright status of the Content and to identify any other terms and conditions that may apply to use of the Content (such as trademark, rights of privacy or publicity, donor restrictions, etc.); however, the Stone Age Institute can offer no guarantee or assurance that all pertinent information is provided or that the information is correct in each circumstance. It is your responsibility to determine what permission(s) you need in order to use the Content and, if necessary, to obtain such permission. If you have specific questions or information about Content on the SAI Websites, please contact the Stone Age Institute by email at <info@stoneageinstitute.org>, or by mail correspondence to The Stone Age Institute, P.O. Box 5097, Bloomington, IN 47407-5097.


Permitted Uses

THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE® (“the Stone Age Institute” or “SAI”) welcomes you to make fair use of the Content as defined by copyright law. Information on United States copyright fair use law is available from the United States Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use. In addition, the Stone Age Institute allows personal, educational, and other non-commercial uses of the SAI websites Content on the following terms:

For questions about use of SAI websites Content, send e-mail to <info@stoneageinstitute.org>, or mail correspondence to THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®, P.O. Box 5097, Bloomington, IN 47407-5097.


Unauthorized Uses Require Prior Written Permission

You may not use the SAI websites Content for commercial purposes. This means that you may not sell the Content or sell materials, products or services that use and incorporate the Content, nor may you use the Content to promote or advertise products or services. If you wish to use the Content for any purpose beyond the permitted uses, such as a commercial use or publication (except as may be permitted by fair use under the copyright law), you must obtain prior written permission from the Stone Age Institute (or other owner of the Content, as applicable).

Send your permission request or other inquiries, including requests for higher quality formats, or high resolution digital images, to the Stone Age Institute by e-mail to <info@stoneageinstitute.org>, or by mail correspondence to THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE®, P.O. Box 5097, Bloomington, IN 47407-5097.



Many of the names, titles, trademarks, service marks, and logos that appear on the SAI Websites are registered or common law (unregistered) marks of the Stone Age Institute. With the exception of fair use, you may not use the Stone Age Institute trademarks without prior written permission.

Trademarks of third parties may also appear on the SAI Websites from time to time. You agree that nothing on the SAI Websites shall be construed as granting any license to use any Trademark displayed on the SAI Websites without the express written permission of the owner of the trademark.


Interactive Features and User-Generated Content

The Stone Age Institute websites provide certain interactive features for the exchange of ideas and information by visitors in furtherance of its mission. Accordingly, the SAI encourages you to interact with its websites, subject to the following conditions:

The Stone Age Institute reserves the right to monitor content or information provided by website visitors in its sole discretion, to edit or remove any content that, in the SAI’s judgment, does not comply with the foregoing requirements. The SAI is not responsible for any user-generated content that is posted on the SAI Websites or for any failure or delay in removing such content.


Copyright Complaints

If you have any complaints or objections to Content posted on the SAI Websites because it was not properly credited or it was posted without permission and you are the copyright owner, please send an email to <info@stoneageinstitute.org>, or mail correspondence to The Stone Age Institute, P.O. Box 5097, Bloomington, IN 47407-5097. Please include your contact information and the link to the relevant Content.


Links to Third Party Sites

The Stone Age Institute websites may link to third party sites which are not under the control of the Stone Age Institute. These links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only, and they do not indicate the SAI’s endorsement, sponsorship of, or affiliation with the third party or content of the linked website, including any advertisements that may be posted. The SAI has no control over, makes no representation or warranty and bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the externally linked sites.


Links FROM Third Party Sites

Linking is an important feature that facilitates searching and making connections among websites. If you link to the SAI Websites, you agree to present the link in a manner that does not give the impression that the Stone Age Institute endorses, whether expressly or implicitly, any products, services or opinions provided on your website and that the link contain a clearly written notice that the user is leaving your website and accessing another.



The SAI websites Content is provided “as is” without a warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular use, and/or non-infringement. The Stone Age Institute shall not be responsible or liable for any damage that may occur due to your use of SAI Websites or downloading any Content from the SAI Websites.


Reservation of Rights

The Stone Age Institute reserves the right to change these Terms of Use from time to time without notice; changes shall be effective upon posting. Please check back regularly for updates. Failure of the Stone Age Institute to enforce any of these terms shall not constitute a waiver of such terms.


Warranty and Indemnity

By using the SAI Websites, you represent and warrant that your use will be consistent with these Terms of Use, including fair use. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold the Stone Age Institute harmless from all claims, causes of action, allegations, costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees), judgments, liabilities, losses, and damages arising from or relating to your use of the SAI Websites.


Applicable Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms of Use and any amendments or revisions shall be governed by applicable federal law and the laws of the State of Indiana, without regard to its conflict of laws principles. Any case, controversy, suit, action, or proceeding arising out of, in connection with, or related to these Terms of Use shall be brought in the appropriate federal court.



THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE® Privacy Policy covers all websites owned or operated by the Stone Age Institute, including the FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB™ website . Any questions regarding this Privacy Policy should be directed to the SAI by email at <info@stoneageinstitute.org>, or mail to The Stone Age Institute, P.O. Box 5097, Bloomington, IN 47407-5097.


Personal Information Collected

Personally identifying information will be collected when you fill out registration forms to join the SAI's membership groups, news community, or email lists. The SAI will not share any personally identifying information outside of the SAI. Any information that you provide to us on the web, by e-mail, by phone or by mail is covered by this policy.

The SAI is interested in maintaining the accuracy of your information by updating your login information as soon as expedient. To update your membership file, please contact us by email at <info@stoneageinstitute.org>, or mail correspondence to P.O. Box 5097, Bloomington, IN 47407-5097.

If for any reason you feel that you have submitted information into a form that you would like to have deleted from SAI's data files, please contact us by email at <info@stoneageinstitute.org>, or mail at P.O. Box 5097, Bloomington, IN 47407-5097.

Personally identifying information will also be collected when you make a tax-deductible contribution electronically or by mail. The SAI does not store sensitive data such as credit card information or bank account numbers. All electronic monetary transactions are securely handled by PayPal or, in the case of credit card transactions, by First Data Global Gateway Connect®, an international payments processing company, which uses a multi-layered security system to maintain data security.

When you visit the SAI websites, information is automatically gathered and stored so that we can gather statistics about the use of our websites in order to make improvements and maintain an optimum communication strategy with SAI's interested audiences. This information is stored and used in the aggregate only, so that individuals remain anonymous.


Children's Guidelines

The Stone Age Institute intends to fully observe the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act COPPA). The SAI websites will not knowingly collect identifying personal information from children under age 13. If it comes to our attention that we have received personally identifying information from a person under the age of 13, we will delete all pertinent information from our systems. We will not knowingly reply to information requests from children under the age of 13, if so identified. A parent or guardian must initiate any requests for information from children under the age of 13 on their behalf. We encourage parents to supervise children when they browse the Internet. Learn more about COPPA.


Privacy Policy Updates

The Stone Age Institute may, when necessary, update this policy so that it evolves with the rapidly changing technologies employed on the internet. All revisions will be posted to this website and any revised Privacy Policy will apply only to data collected subsequent to its effective date.


Other Terms of Use

THE STONE AGE INSTITUTE® name, logo, or other trademarks may not be copied or used without explicit prior written permission from the Stone Age Institute. Commercial use of Stone Age Institute name, logo, trademarks, Content, and associated SAI Websites name, logo, trademarks, and Content are strictly prohibited.

If you wish to link to the SAI websites, please use a text link, not the logos.

Stone Age Institute website Content may be used for non-commercial educational purposes, such as research papers, academic class work, lectures, lesson plans, personal website, blog or Facebook® (or other social networking) page, but must explicitly and clearly:

In the instances where the Stone Age Institute website Content may appear on a website, such as Wikipedia, and the Content may be described as having “no known copyright restriction,” the phrase “no known copyright restriction” means that the Stone Age Institute has determined, to the best of its ability based on available information, that the Content is unlikely to be protected by copyright interests and, may be considered to be in the public domain. However, copyright is often difficult to determine with certainty, so the phrase is intended to say that the Stone Age Institute is unaware of any copyright restriction, but such restrictions may still exist. In addition, even if the Content is unrestricted from a copyright standpoint, there may be other considerations that would limit your use, such as rights of privacy or publicity of the individuals featured in the images, or contractual restrictions. For these reasons, the Stone Age Institute makes its content available for personal and non-commercial educational uses consistent with the principles of fair use. If you decide to use the Content for commercial or other purposes without undertaking to clear all rights, you will be responsible if someone else owns the rights and the owner objects to your use.


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