Amended as of April 6, 2011
I. Visitor Code of Conduct
II. Modifications to These Terms & Conditions
III. Your Submission of Personal Information To the Site
To participate in activities on our Site we may request that you submit certain personally identifiable information about yourself, including your name and personal contact information (“personal information”). We may also gather certain types of non-personal information about your visit to protect the security of our members or our Site or to make our program content more enjoyable for all our visitors.
IV. Membership and Participation on the Site
You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate in any activities or services offered on our Site. Upon discovery of the participation of a person under eighteen (18) years of age in such activities, his/her registration or participation will be canceled immediately and all personal information will be deleted from our files.
You may be required to select a password and member name for membership registration. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and any membership account information. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or other membership account information and further agree to indemnify and hold the Site, its affiliates, subsidiaries, operational providers and partners harmless for any improper or illegal use of your password.
V. User Content: Your Ownership and Our License to Use
You represent and warrant that you are the owner or otherwise have the right to provide any photos or information (described in Interactive Areas below) or materials (including pre-existing materials) and any comments or content submitted, posted or transmitted through the Site (“User Content”). By submitting communications or content to any interactive part of our Site, you agree that such submission is non-confidential for all purposes and that any inclusion of personally identifiable information, such as name, photograph or other information in such posts may allow others to identify you.
In addition, in consideration of the Site accepting User Content, you hereby grant to the Site and its affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, operational providers, successors and assigns an irrevocable, transferable, paid up, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive worldwide sub-licensable license to use, copy, print, display, modify, edit, remove, publicly perform, translate and create derivative works from and distribute or otherwise use and reproduce User Content on the Site, and in all forms of media now known or hereafter invented, including but not limited to books, magazines, articles, an MHSBWG anthology or printed collection and in connection with the advertising, marketing and promotion of any or all of the foregoing, throughout the world in all forms of media now known or hereafter invented in perpetuity (collectively, the “Uses”) and the right to, in MHSBWG.com’s sole and exclusive discretion, attribute such User Content to the visitor submitting the User Content.
In consideration of submitting User Content, you consent to the Uses of the User Content without further consideration, compensation, attribution, notification or other additional consideration. You also agree to indemnify and hold the Site, its affiliates and subsidiaries harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any party arising out of the Uses of the User Content that you submit on our Site. You waive any rights you may have in having the User Content edited, altered or changed in any manner not acceptable to you.
VI. Interactive Areas
We may provide interactive activities for the Site’s communities comment posting areas, reader photo upload, bulletin boards (also known as message boards), SMS text messaging and mobile alerts (collectively, “Interactive Areas”) for the enjoyment of our visitors.
Any submissions or postings by visitors to certain parts of the Site, including, without limitation, Interactive Areas, will be public and posted in public areas on our Site. The Site, its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, members, directors, officers, employees and any contract or operational providers that conduct, operate and/or manage the Site’s Interactive Areas will not be responsible for the action of any visitors or third parties with respect to any information, materials or content posted, uploaded or transmitted in these Interactive Areas.
You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate in the Site’s Interactive Areas. General members of the Site’s online communities may have the opportunity to register for participation in the Interactive Areas when they first apply for membership and may be required to select a member name and password for the Interactive Areas. Interactive Areas not conducted, operated and/or managed by the Site may require a different registration process.
Please consider the risks of revealing personal information (such as name, phone number or street address) about yourself or others in Interactive Areas, including when connecting to the Site through a third party service. By participating in any of the aforementioned activities, all visitors and members agree to follow the Site’s standards of conduct. Postings to public areas may or may not be reviewed by the Site prior to appearing on the Site. Nonetheless, the Site reserves the right to change, delete or remove, in part or in full, any postings in Interactive Areas and to terminate or suspend access to such areas for conduct that we believe, in our sole discretion, interferes with other peoples’ enjoyment of our Site or which we believe, in our sole discretion, is offensive, harmful, malicious or otherwise not in the spirit of the Site.
The Site will also cooperate with local, state and/or federal authorities to comply with applicable law. We do our best to encourage comfort and discourage disruptive communication. We also discourage disruptive statements that incite others to violate our standards. We encourage your participation in upholding our standards. You are responsible for all content that you post, email, transmit, upload or otherwise make available through our Site. You agree not to use the Interactive Areas or the Site to make available any content that:
· is unlawful, harmful to adults or minors, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;
· infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of privacy or publicity or other proprietary rights of any person;
· contains unauthorized advertising or solicits other visitors; or
· is intended by the visitor to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality or integrity of any computer software, hardware or Materials on this website.
The Site may allow you to post comments or reviews (“Comments”) Such Comments are governed by the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, your agreement regarding your use of Interactive Areas. Comments do not reflect the views of the Site, its affiliates or subsidiaries, operational providers, or their respective employees, officers, directors or shareholders. The Site does not assume responsibility or liability for any Comments or for any claims, damages or losses resulting from the use of this service or the Materials contained therein. Comments that are submitted to the Site shall be owned exclusively and in perpetuity by the Site. Such exclusive ownership means that the Site, its subsidiaries or affiliates have the unrestricted, perpetual and exclusive right to use, reproduce, modify, translate, transmit, distribute or otherwise exploit any and all materials and communications.
There shall be no obligation to give credit or pay any consideration to you for any Comments. The Site reserves the right to delete or modify any Comment that we determine to violate the terms of this Agreement or general standards of good taste at any time and at our sole discretion. We strive to maintain a high level of integrity with our user-submitted Comments, and any submission that is determined to be disingenuous in any way, and could diminish the overall quality of our Comments, will be removed.
The Site may allow a visitor to post photograph(s) on-line (“Photo”). The submission of a Photo is governed by the terms of this Agreement, including without limitation, your agreement regarding your use of Interactive Areas. In submitting a Photo and clicking the “I agree” box on the submission form, you represent and warrant that: (1) you are the person in the Photo or are the owner of the Photo and consent to the Uses of the Photo by the Site; (2) you are eighteen (18) years of age or over; (3) you have submitted the Photo using your legal name and accurate personal information and consent to the Uses; (4) you are either the holder of the copyright in the Photo or are an authorized licensee of the copyright in the Photo and grant to the Site, their licensees, successors and assigns, the right to publish and display the Photo in connection with the Uses; and (5) you have the legal right and power to agree to the use of Photo and grant the Site the right to use the Photo. In addition, you expressly release the Site and their licensees, successors and assigns from any privacy, defamation and any other claims you may have for the use of any Photo submitted to the Site. If you see an objectionable Photo or have any questions about this Agreement, please contact us.
The Site strives to make their Interactive Areas enjoyable. Our chat venues welcome people of all races, religions, genders, national origins, sexual orientations and differing points of view. When in doubt about appropriate behavior in our Interactive Areas, please remember that, although the venue is electronic, those participating in it are real people. We ask that you treat others with respect. Any conduct by a participant in the Interactive Areas that violates this Agreement in any way may result in the suspension or termination of the visitor’s registration and access to the Site, at the Site’s sole discretion, in addition to any other remedies.
The Site may provide interactive activities on a number of topics, but our staff or volunteer hosts participating in these activities do not offer professional advice of any kind and are speaking from their own experience or opinion as is helpful for the facilitation of the dialogue. These hosts claim no professional expertise or authority. We may also post additional guidelines and/or a code of conduct for certain Interactive Areas or events. Any additional posted rules will be incorporated into this Agreement. To the extent there is a conflict between the rules of a specific event and this Agreement, the rules of the specific event will govern. If you see objectionable content or have any questions about this Agreement, please contact us.
VII. Restrictions on Visitors’ Use of The Site’s Content
The Site contains materials supplied by the Site and its affilliates and subsidiaries, as well as other sources, including User Content in certain Interactive Areas. These materials are protected by copyrights, trademarks, servicemarks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws, and we own or control all materials or a third party that submitted materials to the Site owns the material. Except as expressly authorized by the Site, you may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, distribute, sell, license, rent, publicly display or perform, edit, adapt or create a derivative work of any material, User Content or design elements obtained from the Site, including code and software (“Material”). In addition, access to the Site using automated means such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders or scapers to collect users’ content or information is prohibited absent express authorization. Notwithstanding the above, you may print or download Material from the Site only for personal or non-commercial use, provided that you do not republish the Material and keep intact all copyright, trademarks, servicemarks, attributions, patent and other proprietary notices.
Use of Material for any purpose not expressly permitted in this Agreement is prohibited. As noted above, reproduction, copying or redistribution for commercial purposes of the Material on the Site is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of MHSBWG.com. You are also prohibited from framing the Site without the express written permission of MHSBWG.com
VIII. DMCA Copyright Infringement Claim and Counter-Claim Policy for Interactive Areas
If you believe in good faith that Materials we host infringe on your copyright, you (or your agent) may send us a notice, in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (“DMCA”), requesting that we remove or block access to the infringing Material, which shall include the following information:
· an electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
· identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed;
· a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on our Site;
· your address, telephone number, and email address;
· a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
· a statement by you, under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
If you believe in good faith that someone has wrongfully filed a notice of copyright infringement against you, the DMCA permits you to send us a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA; see www.loc.gov/copyright. Notices and counter-notices should be sent to:
If the Site receives more than one Notice of Copyright Infringement concerning a user, the user may be deemed a “repeat copyright infringer.” The Site reserves the right to terminate the accounts of “repeat copyright infringers.” Material on our Site may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. We have the right to make changes and update any information contained on our Site without prior notice.
XI. Third Party Links
Our Site may contain links and pointers to other websites and resources on the Internet controlled by third parties. These links are provided solely as a convenience to you and do not constitute an endorsement by the Site, its affiliates or subsidiaries of any third party resources or content. Links do not imply that the Site sponsors, are affiliated with, are associated with or otherwise recommend, certify or endorse the third party link or site. Any concerns regarding external links or websites should be directed to the respective website administrator or system operator. The Site reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate links with any third parties or other websites that they deem inappropriate or inconsistent with the Site. The Site, its affiliates and subsidiaries make no representations about the content, functionality or practices of such third party sites and resources and disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, with respect thereto.
X. Advice, Opinions and Third Party Content Disclaimer
Our Site contains facts, views, opinions and statements of third parties, visitors and other organizations. The Site, its affiliates and subsidiaries do not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information displayed or distributed through our Site. You acknowledge that any reliance upon any such advice, opinions, statement or other information shall be at your sole risk and you agree that the Site, its affiliates and subsidiaries shall not be held responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any loss or damage caused or alleged to have been caused in any way whatsoever related to any advice, opinions, statements or other information displayed or distributed on our Site.
Email is an important communication method for our online visitors. The person in whose name the email account is registered should generate all email sent to us. Email users shall not mask their identity by using a false name or another person’s name or account. We will use your email address and the content of any email for correspondence and visitor response purposes. Any non-personal information you provide to us by email, including, but not limited to, feedback, data, answers, questions, comments, suggestions, plans, ideas or the like, shall be deemed to be non-confidential, and we assume no obligation to protect such non-personal information contained in the email from disclosure.
XII. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
THE INFORMATION ON THE SITE IS PROVIDED “AS IS.” THE SITE DOES NOT WARRANT, EITHER EXPRESSLY OR BY IMPLICATION, THE ACCURACY OF ANY MATERIALS OR INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE OR THEIR SUITABILITY FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
XV. Choice of Law and Forum
The Site is originated and located in the United States, and this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, excluding its conflicts of law rules. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or your access or use of the Site will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the state of New York, and you hereby submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. If any provision in this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, that provision shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect the original intent of the provision, and the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
XVII. Security Measures