Catapulting into Classical

A headlong leap into music, history, and composing

Terms of Use

Last updated: 30 May 2015

The terms of use below can be summed up as follows:

Be nice or leave.

Don’t say I didn’t tell you.  You’re on your own.

I’ll tell you if I’m profiting in any way (other than intellectually) from writing this blog.

That doesn’t mean you can skip reading all the words below.  Don’t just scroll to the bottom, you might miss something good.

Thanks to Brett Snyder of and author of How to Start a Home-based Blogging Business for giving permission to use and modify his Terms of Use and Code of Ethics.  My “helpful” explanations of terms are in italics.

Please read these Terms and Conditions before using this website.  Use of this website or any content on this website indicates your acknowledgement and agreement to these Terms of Use, the Privacy Policy, and other notices posted on this website.  If you do not agree to be bound by and comply with all of the aforementioned, you may not access the website.  Only you can answer the question “Should I stay or should I go?”  But I hope you’ll stay.  Keep reading.

The website Catapulting into Classical has the right to modify, add, or remove any terms or conditions of these Terms of Use without notice or liability to you.  Any changes to these Terms of Use shall be effective immediately following the posting of such changes on the website.   My blog, my rules.

This website is for informational use only and is not intended for commercial, financial, or legal advice.  So if you spend your last dime on the purchase of the complete works of Archangelo Corelli, don’t blame me.  It is solely for your personal, non-commercial use.

You may link to and refer to this website freely.  As Oscar Wilde said, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

This website does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on, downloaded, or accessed from this website.  If you failed your music test because you wrote that Haydn wrote 58 string quartets (he wrote 68) because I can’t type, it’s not my fault.  Also, you should have studied more.

This website and all information contained on, downloaded or accessed from this website are provided on an “as is” basis without warranties, including implied warranties.  It is what it is.

This site or access to it may be terminated, disabled, or discontinued, temporarily or permanently, without liability or notice to you.  This includes all information contained on this website.  Meaning, I can take my blog and go home anytime I want.

You visit and use this website and the information on it entirely at your own risk.  Catapulting into Classical is not liable for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss, damages, or costs that may arise from the use of this website.  If you play an LP backwards, all you will do is mess up your turntable.  Do not expect to hear polyphony in John Cage’s 4’33” unless you have really keen ears or a vivid imagination. Don’t say I didn’t tell you. Don’t spend all your money on concerts and CDs. Don’t play Ride of the Valkyries so loud that you get evicted from your apartment.

When you send stuff over the Internet, it is not secure.  It can be lost, intercepted, or altered in the course of getting from you to me.  Catapulting into Classical bears no liability for any damage you may experience or costs you may incur as a result of sending information over the Internet or other public networks, for example, sending emails containing personal information.  No effort is made to protect the privacy of the information you provide.  Repeat after me:  No effort is made to protect the privacy of the information you provide.  All submissions to this website via email or otherwise become the property of the website.  Under no circumstances will the information you provide us be considered confidential, create any obligations to you on our part, or result in any liability to you on our part in the event that such information is inadvertently released by us or accessed by third parties without our consent.  Please also read the Privacy Policy for this website.   Do NOT send me your numbers, be it your library card, credit card, or locker combination.  Share only what you want everyone to know, including your grandma.  I cannot stress that enough.  Wrapping your computer in tin foil will not protect you.  Sadly, while quill-written missives are lovely, I cannot accept them at this time.  Likewise, communications on clay tablets in cuneiform cannot be accepted, as they are difficult to store.  Even carrier pigeons may be purloined.  Just please be careful.  Grandma or the Big Bad Wolf may be watching.

You agree to follow all applicable laws and regulations when using this website and agree that you will not send junk mail, chain letters, or other unsolicited bulk email or duplicate messages to any email address listed on this site.  You also agree to not submit spam to the site comment system.  Do I really have to say all this?!  This is a classical music site.  Also, this is not a democracy.  I decide what gets blocked.  Read the Comments Policy.

By uploading, posting, or otherwise transmitting through or to this website any content, you grant to us, our successors, and agents, a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-revocable license to use or distribute such content in any manner that is compliant with our Privacy Policy (read that too).  If you say something clever, and this turns into a book, I might put you in.  Just sayin’.  If you’ve written a hot motet that you know is going to be a number one hit, don’t send it to me, it’s the wrong venue.

You agree to hold us and our friends, spouses, children, and agents harmless from any loss, liability, claim, demand, damage, or expense (including any legal fees) asserted by any third party relating in any way to your use of this website or breach of these Terms of Use.  Hey, I’m just trying to entertain you here, be cool.  Don’t do dumb stuff, and don’t drag me into it.

On this website, I link to third-party websites or services.  I do not own or control these websites or services.  They are provided for your convenience only.  I do not endorse, or support, or approve anything about these third-party sites or services, including, but not limited to, the organizations that run them, their content and policies, or their products and services.  Catapulting into Classical assumes no liability for your use of any third-party sites, products, or services.  By using this website you acknowledge and agree that use of these sites, products, and services is at your own risk.   I let you know it’s out there; what you do from there is up to you.  It is not my turn to watch you, you’re on your own.  Also, read their terms of use—probably not as entertaining though.

Catapulting into Classical may have financial relationships with some of the merchants mentioned on this website.  The website may be compensated if consumers choose to use the links on this site and generate sales for the merchant.  I will disclose any and all relationships with merchants as they are activated.  If I am to be compensated in any way, I’ll let you know.  My main goal is to provide you with information and, hopefully, entertain you.  But I wouldn’t mind making a couple bucks here and there to support my music habit.  I will be completely open about such transactions.  Read the Code of Ethics.

Our policy is to comply with all intellectual property laws and to act quickly when notified of claimed infringement.  If you believe that your work has been reproduced on this website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please let us know immediately by sending email to the address listed under Contact Us and the work in question will be removed.  Copyright is complex; I will do my best to comply with the applicable copyright laws.  My intentions are good.  If there’s an oops, let me know, and I’ll fix it.  Users of this website should also comply with the copyright laws that apply in their place of residence.  Don’t be that guy.

The provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in effect unless and until a court with proper jurisdiction tells us otherwise.  In that case, the offending provision will be modified to comply with the law.  The remaining provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in effect.  Failure to enforce any provision of these Terms of Use will be not be considered a waiver of those provisions.  If a judge says I may not write in ¾ time, I will no longer write in ¾ time.  If 6/8 is still ok, I’ll use it.  Key signatures will remain unaffected by that ruling.

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland and the laws of the United States of America. ‘Cause that’s how we roll.

If you have any questions about these Terms of Use, please contact us at the email listed under Contact UsNo kidding here.  Just ask.

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