Terms of Use

Terms of use; you'd think it was pretty obvious. We publish it; you're allowed to read it.

Linking Is Encouraged

Not only that, you're encouraged to read it and invited to link to it on your own website or blog (see the Open Link Policy).

We don't expect anyone to read this Terms of Use page, nor will we ask you not to visit the site if you don't like our terms of use. It's the Web; you can read it if you want to. However, there are copyright, trademark, netiquette, legal, and other issues everyone using the Web should be familiar with. This page has a little more legal standing than a shrink wrap license, but that doesn't mean you should ignore it. Good Web usage is good Web usage.


Everything on Low End PC (LEPC) is copyrighted. Unless otherwise noted, that copyright is held by Cobweb Publishing, Inc., the publisher of Low End PC. Copyright of editorial content remains with the author. All rights are reserved. In other words, link to our content, don't steal it. Other sites are invited to link to any part of this site provided that all content is presented in its original form and is not placed within a frame (or, if it is framed, with a clear and easy way to display it without the frame).

eBay and craigslist users are authorized to copy nothing more than the hardware specifications for use in their auctions, and we freely grant them the right to quote that material only if the listing includes a link to the Low End PC page they are quoting from. In some cases we are now providing "Specs in Brief" pages specifically for use with online classified and auction sites.

Except for Fair Use (described below), anyone publishing content from LEPC without written permission of the publisher and the copyright holder (the author) may be liable to prosecution.

Fair Use

From the Copyright Act of 1976:

the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Point 4 is especially important, as Low End PC makes the bulk of its income from displaying ads alongside our content. We don't object to selective quoting in the context of an article, but we put the following restrictions on reproducing content in a news brief:

  1. The quoted material must include a link to the original article and include the name of its author. The article should be attributed to Low End PC (not LowEndPC, LEPC, Low-End PC, or any other variant).
  2. The quoted material may not comprise more than 50% or more than 300 words, whichever is less, of the original article.

We don't mind if you print out a few copies of an article to share with friends or coworkers, but we specifically limit that to 10 copies. If you want to make more copies, you'll need to obtain written permission. Such permission is usually granted, and we encourage Mac user groups to contact us about publishing site content in their printed newsletters.

Purpose of Low End PC

Low End PC is for informational purposes only. We do our best to share helpful, accurate information, but no one associated with LEPC assumes responsibility for its accuracy. Information is subject to change without notice. Actions taken based on any of the information contained on this site is done entirely at your own risk. Mention of any products or services is for informational purposes only and constitutes neither an endorsement nor a recommendation.

Outdated Links

Archived content may mention sale items, products, or services no longer available. We try to assure that links work when an article is published, but links may no longer be valid or, worse, may lead to a completely different site simply because someone purchased a lapsed domain name. (Ridiculous? Not really. It's one of the tricks used by p0rn sites. It's a depraved world we live in. We do our best to remove bad links as they come to our attention. If you do find a bad link, please contact and be sure to include a link to our page that contains the bad link.)


The opinions expressed on this site are not necessarily those of Cobweb Publishing, Inc., or Low End PC. We believe part of "thinking different" is allowing others to express opinions which diverge from our own. Opinions expressed on the site and within the forums are those of the author.

Restrictions on Groups and Forums

Those using our groups and forums may not post any material which violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others; which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane or otherwise objectionable; which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any law, or which, without our express prior approval, contains advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services except as may be allowed for within the guidelines set forth for the email lists. Any conduct that restricts or inhibits any other user from using or enjoying Low End Mac, its email lists, and its forums, will not be permitted. We reserve the right to ban users temporarily or permanently from any Low End PC resource at the sole discretion of the publisher.


Users agree to indemnify and hold harmless Cobweb Publishing, Inc., Low End PC, its employees, and its freelance staff from all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising out of the use of any Low End Mac resource.

Any email sent to the site, unless specifically noted otherwise, is considered postable, with email addresses removed unless the author requests otherwise. If your comments are private and not for publication, mark you email "not for publication."


Low End PC is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple, Inc. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, MacBook, iMac, iBook, Power Book, iPod, and iPhone are some of many registered trademarks of Apple, Inc. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are hereby acknowledged.


Cobweb Publishing, Inc., may at any time revise these terms of use by updating this page. Although we cannot legally bind you to these terms (as we said above, they have little more legal standing than a shrink wrap license), we ask that you abide by them as they reflect the law and good Web usage.

Dan Knight , publisher, Low End Mac

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