realistic optimist By attending and/or participating in "Blathercon 2004," the participant named below (and his or her legal guardian on his or her behalf) hereby releases and forever discharges Blathercon 2004, and those running the event, as well as the sponsors, owners, and operators of any site at which Blathercon 2004 events take place, and their respective officers, members, owners, employees, agents, representatives, independant contractors, and affiliated persons and entities (colectively, the "released persons") from any and all liabilities and claims of any kind (including but without limitation to personal injury, property damage, or death), which the participant or his or her legal representatives, has or may in the future have, whether known or unknown, arising out of that participant's attendance at or participation in "Blathercon 2004" (collectively Released Claims).

This release is binding even if the risks and liabilities being released arise out of the negligence or carelessness of one or more of the Released Persons. This release is binding on the participant's legal representatives, heirs, and assigns.

Each person signing this release acknowledges the possibility that the participant and/or his or her legal representatives may not fully know the number or magnitude of all the Released Claims, but nevertheless intends to assume the risk of the participant attending and/or participating in "Blathercon 2004."

If a participant is under 18 years of age, this Release must be signed by the participant's parent or legal guardian.* Participant agrees to abide by and accept the terms set out herein.

Participant's Name _____________________

Participant's Signature _________________

Date __________________

If under 18, Parent or Legal Guardian's Name (please print). _______________________

Parent or Legal Guardian's Signature _____________________

Date __________________

* Note: A legal guardian must be appointed or approved by a court. For example, a camp counselor or school chaperone is not a legal guardian for children under his or her supervision.
dosquatch If this is serious, it is a sad thing. 040606
minnesota_chris What do you have that can be sued away? 040607
realistic optimist i'm sorry that today's legal system requires such things, however, if one of the attendees were to injure themselves, they could try to sue me. of course i don't have much, but the court doesn't really care what you do or don't have when they assess what an injury is worth. if this offends you, i'm sorry, but it is a necessary evil. liability is a legitimate concern when orchestrating an event, and every convention i have ever attended has required each participant to sign one.
so in short, i agree that we "shouldn't" need a liability waiver, but unfortunately, that has no bearing on what is necessary. so please, print, fill out, sign, and send these ASAP, so we can move on to more fun parts of hyping up BLATHERCON_2004!
dosquatch I'm assuming this is coming from the realist side and not the optimist side. 040608
dosquatch Oh, I'm not coming anyway, I'm on the wrong coast and can't swing for the cross-country trip right now. 040608
realistic optimist hehe yeah i was going to make some wisecrack about the realist side in me coming out for this damned waiver, but i'm glad you made it for me. anyway, i will do my best to email this waiver to people this weekend as well since i should be able to use the computer lab at my apartment complex.

By the time Blathercon_2004 is ready to begin, i will need a liability waiver from all participants.

Look for more updates in the near future to blathercon_events and blathercon_announcements!
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