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    Village Voices Terms of Use

    Terms of Use

    Posted by: Greg Chambers June 14, 2009

    Terms of Service and Use

    By using and/or registering to become a member of the site, you are stating that you understand and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this user agreement (the "agreement"). Please read the agreement. If you disagree with anything in this agreement, please do not use the site or any services provided in connection with the site.

    SERVICES

    To use the Site, you do not have to register to become a Villiage Voices member ("Member"). As a Member, however, you will have access to various services to which non-Members do not have access, some of which will enable you and other site members to interact with each other ("Member Areas"). These Member Areas and services can include and at our discretion, the following:

    Client Logins
    Help Forums
    Account Management

    The above list is not comprehensive of all the services provided. We reserve the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Site (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that Villiage Voices shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any such action.

    If you would like to register to become a Member, please complete our membership registration form. When you do, you agree to: provide true, accurate, current and complete information as prompted by the registration form, maintain and update such information to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete at all times, and that you are the age that you state.

    If any information provided by you on the registration form is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or if we have reasonable grounds to so believe, we have the right to suspend or terminate your membership and to refuse to provide you with any future membership. If we have reason to believe that you have registered someone other than yourself, we will cooperate with any law enforcement investigation that may result from such misrepresentations and shall have the right, in our sole discretion, to disclose any information you provided to us in connection with such registration.

    Villiage Voices makes a good faith effort to prohibit registration as a Member by, and will not knowingly connect or store personal information from, children as governed by law.

    FEES

    We reserve the right at any time to charge fees for access to Site content or services or to portions of the existing Site content or services or the Site as a whole. In no event will you be charged for access to any Site content or service, or to the Site as a whole, unless we obtain your prior agreement to pay such charges. If you do not consent to such charges, however, you may not have access to paid content or service.

    SITE RULES

    Following are some basic rules that apply to the Site and that you agree to follow. If you violate any of the Site rules, or if we have reasonable grounds to so believe, we have the right to deny you access to the Site, to suspend or terminate your membership and to refuse to provide you with any future membership. You agree not to use the Site to upload, store, post, email or otherwise transmit any:

    ... material that is inaccurate, unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, racist, bigoted or otherwise objectionable;

    ... material that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships;

    ... material that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary right of any party, advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or any other form of solicitation, except where specifically permitted;

    ... or material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.

    Additionally, you agree not to:

    ... impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

    ... forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any material transmitted through the Site;

    ... disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to scroll faster than other users of the Site are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real-time exchanges;

    ... interfere with or disrupt the Site or servers or networks connected to the Site, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Site;

    ... try to gain access to areas that are private to Villiage Voices administrators or to other Villiage Voices users;

    ... violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law or any regulation having the force of law;

    ... stalk or otherwise harass another;

    ... harm minors in any way, including, without limitation, to establish unlawful contact with minors (whether on or off the Site);

    ... collect or harvest screen names; collect or store personal data about other users of the Site; or solicit or attempt to discover a user's password, screen name, or other registration information without the user's express knowledge and consent;

    ... engage in or run raffles, lotteries, contests or sweepstakes;

    ... promote or provide instructions of information about how to engage in illegal conduct or commit illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury, or promote any illegal act; or

    ... store any information or use any Web page or directory you create for remote loading or as a door or signpost to another Web page, whether inside or outside the Site.

    You acknowledge that we do not prescreen material posted or transmitted on the Site, but that we and our designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in our sole discretion to review and edit, delete or refuse to post any material submitted for display or placed on the Site, including but not limited to message board posts, profiles, and member-to-member messages. Without limiting the foregoing, we and our designees shall have the right to remove any material that violates this Agreement, that we believe in good faith may create liability for us, or that we deem is otherwise objectionable.

    You acknowledge and agree that we may preserve material and may disclose material 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 process;

    ... enforce this Agreement;

    ... respond to claims that any material violates the right of third parties; or

    ... in our sole judgment, protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Villiage Voices, its users and the public.

    PRIVACY

    Our Privacy Policy states in full our policy regarding Member privacy; see that document for more details.

    REFUNDS

    Our Refunds Policy states in full our policy regarding refunds of membership fees, fees paid for services, and/or fees paid for products; see that document for more details.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    A Public Area ("Public Area") of the Site is any area where you may submit material ("Submissions") for viewing by others or view Submissions of other Villiage Voices users, such as profiles, forums, or award programs. In some of these areas, a Submission includes the name, ID, nickname, and/or other information that would be displayed with the submitted material, as applicable. You agree to use Public Areas in accordance with the Agreement and any policies for the Public Areas that are displayed on the Site.

    BY SUBMITTING MATERIAL TO A PUBLIC AREA, YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY Villiage Voices AND HOLD IT HARMLESS FROM ALL CLAIMS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, CLAIMS FOR LIBEL, SLANDER, INVASION OF PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM SUCH SUBMISSION.
    By making a Submission to any Public Area, you automatically grant Villiage Voices the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and display and distribute the content of the Submission (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or hereafter developed. You also permit any other user of the Villiage Voices Site to access, view, store, or reproduce the Submission for that user's personal use.

    LINKS

    Our provision of a link to any other site or location is for your convenience and does not signify our endorsement of such site or location of its contents. Villiage Voices shall not be responsible for any information, software, or links found at any other World Wide Web site, Internet location, or source of information, for your use of such information, or for e-commerce transactions conducted at or through any linked site or location.

    DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

    You expressly agree that your use of the site, including, without limitation, any material and/or data developed by Villiage Voices or by third parties ("information providers"), is at your sole risk. The site, and any content or materials available through the site, are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis and without warranty of any kind, express, implied or statutory. Villiage Voices and the information providers hereby expressly disclaim all such warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties or merchantability, fitness for a particular use or purpose, title, or noninfringement, or any warranty as to results that may be obtained through the use of the site. Villiage Voices does not represent or warrant that the site will function without interruption, that the site is error- or defect-free, that any such defects or errors will be corrected, or that the site and the server(s) that make the site available are free of viruses or other harmful components. No advice or information, whether oral or written, that you obtain from Villiage Voices or otherwise through your use of the site shall create any warranty on the part of Villiage Voices or the information providers. Further, Villiage Voices and the information providers do not warrant or represent that the use or the results of the use of any content or materials made available through the site or from third parties will be correct, accurate, timely, reliable or otherwise.

    LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY

    In no event shall Villiage Voices, the information providers or any other person or entity involved in creating or distributing the site be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, however arising and under any theory of liability (including, without limitation, tort, including negligence and strict liability, breach of contract or breach of warranty), that result from your use or inability to use the site, any changes to the site or this agreement, unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmission of data, any material or data sent or received or not sent or received, or any transactions entered into through the site. Villiage Voices is not responsible or liable for any threatening, defamatory, obscene, offensive or illegal content or conduct of any other party or any infringement of another's rights, including intellectual property rights.

    If you are dissatisfied with the site or the services, content or materials available on or through the site, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the site. The foregoing limitations on liability shall be applicable even if Villiage Voices or the applicable third party knew or should have known of the possibility of such damages and notwithstanding the failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.

    ALLOCATION OF RISK

    You agree that the disclaimer of warranties, limitations on liability, and indemnification provisions set forth in this agreement represent and agreed upon allocation of risk between you and Villiage Voices and form an essential part of the basis of their bargain, without which Villiage Voices would not enter into this agreement or provide the site.

    OWNERSHIP OF MATERIALS

    The contents of the Site, including without limitation text, software, photos, graphics, and all other audiovisual elements are copyrighted by Villiage Voices as a collective work under the United States copyright laws. Except for material in the public domain, Villiage Voices and its licensors hold copyrights to all content appearing on the Site. Village Voices permits, without charge, the reproduction and distribution of Village Voices material contained on the Site for non-commercial educational and personal uses; provided that such materials remain unaltered and are accompanied by a clearly visible copy of any copyright notice appearing on such materials and by the Site's URL (http://www.gregchambers.com). The only exception to this is any Villiage Voices Award graphic, link, text, criteria, rules, etc.. We retrain and reserve all rights to this information. Other reproduction, distribution, retransmission, modification, public display, and public performance of such materials is prohibited without the prior written consent of Villiage Voices. To obtain such consent, please contact us.

    REMOVAL OF MATERIAL FOR WHICH COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS CLAIMED

    Villiage Voices respects the intellectual property rights of others. Pursuant to Title 17 U.S.C.512, as amended by Title II of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("the Act"), Village Voices has implemented procedures for receiving written notification of claimed copyright infringements and for processing such claims in accordance with the Act. If you believe your copyrights are being infringed by a Member, please contact us. The information requested by the Notice of Infringement Form substantively complies with 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(A), which provides:

    ... To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following: A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

    ... Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.

    ... Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.

    ... Information reasonably sufficient to to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party such as an address, telephone number, and if available, electronic e-mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.

    ... A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

    ... A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

    ... Notification from a copyright owner or from a person authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner that fails to comply substantially with the provisions above shall not be considered as providing actual knowledge or an awareness of facts or circumstances from which infringing activity is apparent.

    Please provide a Notice of Infringement Form information each time you wish to report alleged acts of infringement.

    Please note that Villiage Voices will terminate in appropriate circumstances the account of any Member who repeatedly posts infringing material on the Site.

    INDEMNIFICATION

    You agree to hold harmless Village Voices and its Information Providers and any other person or entity involved in creating or distributing the Site, as well as each of their respective affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and expenses that such parties may incur as a result of or arising out of your (or, in the case of Members, anyone using your account's) use of, or conduct with respect to, the Site.

    MODIFICATION OF AGREEMENT

    You agree that Villiage Voices may change the terms and conditions of this Agreement, unilaterally, and at any time, by conspicuously posting notice of such change on the Site for a period of five (5) consecutive days. Continued use of the Site after such notice will constitute your acknowledgment and acceptance of the revised terms and condition.

    GENERAL

    This Agreement contains the complete and final statement of the understanding between you and Villiage Voices with respect to, and supercedes any and all prior or contemporaneous negotiations, agreements or communications, whether written or oral, between you and Village Voices concerning, the subject matter of this Agreement.

    If any provision of this Agreement is rendered by a court or governmental agency of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect the remainder of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect and be enforced in accordance with its remaining terms.

    The waiver by Villiage Voices of a breach or default of any of the provisions of this Agreement by you shall not be construed as a waiver of any succeeding breach of the same or other provisions; nor shall any delay or omission on the part of Villiage Voices to exercise or avail itself of any right, power or privilege that it has or may have hereunder operate as a waiver of any breach or default by you.

    You agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action that you may have arising out of or related to use of the Site or this Agreement must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in this Agreement are solely used for convenience and have no legal or contractual significance.

    All provisions of this Agreement that, by their nature, survive termination of this Agreement will survive termination including without limitation, the Site Rules, Public Areas, Links, Disclaimer of Warranties, Limitations on Liability, Allocation of Risk, Ownership of Materials, Indemnification, Choice of Law/Jurisdiction and Venue and General sections of this Agreement.


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