Terms of Use Agreement

Posted on April 22, 2006

Read This Terms of Use Agreement Before Accessing Website.

Last updated on April 25, 2006.

This Terms of Use Agreement sets forth the standards of use for PressBoxOnline.com (the “Service”). By using PressBoxOnline.com, you (the “Member”) agree to these terms and conditions. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this agreement, you should immediately cease all usage of this website. We reserve the right, at any time, to modify, alter, or update the terms and conditions of this agreement without prior notice.  Modifications shall become effective immediately upon being posted at PressBoxOnline.com.  Your continued use of the Service after amendments are posted constitutes an acknowledgement and acceptance of the Agreement and its modifications. Except as provided in this paragraph, this Agreement may not be amended.

1. Disclaimer of Warranties

The site is provided by Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC on an “as is” and on an “as available” basis.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, regarding the use or the results of this web site in terms of its correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.  Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC shall have no liability for any interruptions in the use of this Website.  Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC disclaims all warranties with regard to the information provided, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.  Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, therefore the above-referenced exclusion is inapplicable.

2. Limitation of Liability

Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, AND IN PARTICULAR Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, OR DAMAGES FOR LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF REVENUE, OR LOSS OF USE, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS WEB SITE OR THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN IT, WHETHER SUCH DAMAGES ARISE IN CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, UNDER STATUTE, IN EQUITY, AT LAW, OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW FOR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, THEREFORE SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY BE INAPPLICABLE.

3. Indemnification

Member agrees to indemnify and hold Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of a) Member’s use of the Service, b) the violation of this Agreement, or c) infringement by Member, or other user of the Service using Member’s computer, of any intellectual property or any other right of any person or entity.

4. Modifications and Interruption to Service

Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC reserves the right to modify or discontinue the Service with or without notice to the Member. Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC shall not be liable to Member or any third party should Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC exercise its right to modify or discontinue the Service. Member acknowledges and accepts that Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our website and operation of our website may be interfered with or adversely affected by numerous factors or circumstances outside of our control.

5. Third-Party Sites

Our website may include links to other sites on the Internet that are owned and operated by online merchants and other third parties.  You acknowledge that we are not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any third-party site.  You should contact the site administrator or webmaster for those third-party sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or the content located on such sites.  Your use of those third-party sites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies of each site, and we are not responsible for any contents or other matters referred to therein. We encourage all Members to review said privacy policies of third-parties’ sites.

6. Governing Law

Our website is operated and provided in the State of Maryland.  As such, we are subject to the laws of the State of Maryland, and such laws will govern this Terms of Use, without giving effect to any choice of law rules.  We make no representation that our website or other services are appropriate, legal or available for use in other locations.  Accordingly, if you choose to access our site you agree to do so subject to the internal laws of the State of Maryland. 

7. Compliance with Laws

Member assumes all knowledge of applicable law and is responsible for compliance with any such laws.  Member may not use the Service in any way that violates applicable state, federal, or international laws, regulations or other government requirements. Member further agrees not to transmit any material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law or regulation.

8. Copyright and Trademark Information

All content included or available on this site, including site design, text, graphics, interfaces, and the selection and arrangements thereof is ©2006 Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC, with all rights reserved, or is the property of Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC and/or third parties protected by intellectual property rights.  Any use of materials on the website, including reproduction, modification, distribution, or replication, any form of data extraction or data mining, or other commercial exploitation of any kind, without prior written permission of an authorized officer of Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC is strictly prohibited.  Members agree that they will not use any robot, spider, or other automatic device, or manual process to monitor or copy our web pages or the content contained therein without prior written permission of an authorized officer of Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC.

9. User-Provided Information and Content

By providing information to, communicating with, and/or placing material on PressBoxOnline.com, including for example communication during registration, communication on any PressBoxOnline.com message board or other interactive content, entering any sweepstakes, etc., you represent and warrant: (1) you own or otherwise have all necessary rights to the content you provide and the rights to use it as provided in this Terms of Use; (2) all information you provide is true, accurate, current and complete, and does not violate these Terms of Use; and, (3) the content will not cause injury to any person or entity. Using a name other than your own legal name is prohibited (except in those specific areas of PressBoxOnline.com that specifically ask for unique, fictitious names, e.g., certain message boards and chat rooms).

For all such information and material, you grant Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC, its affiliates and related entities, including PressBoxOnline.com and its affiliated newspaper, radio show and other programming a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works from such information, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future. Without limiting the generality of the previous sentence, you authorize Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC to share the information across all Word Smith Media Ventures entities, and to use your name and any other information in connection with its use of the material you provide. All rights in this paragraph are granted without the need for additional compensation of any sort to you.

10. Other Specifics About Interactive Areas

PressBoxOnline.com message boards, content submission forms and other such interactive areas are provided to give users a forum to express their opinions and share ideas and information. Given the volume of messages and postings, PressBoxOnline.com cannot and does not monitor all of the material posted or transmitted by users and third party information providers. To protect your safety, please use your best judgment when using these forums. We discourage divulging personal phone numbers and addresses or other information that can be used to identify or locate you. If you make such disclosures either through postings on the message boards or in other interactive areas, or to third parties in any communication, you do so fully understanding the consequences of such disclosures and with a knowing consent that such information could be used to identify you. PressBoxOnline.com reserves the right to delete, move or edit any communications at any time, for any reason or in its discretion, but has no obligation to review or remove any such content.

Posting Rules

Interactive areas, message boards, etc., are intended to encourage public debate. We expect people to differ - judgment and opinion are subjective things -- and we encourage freedom of speech and a marketplace of ideas. But by using these areas of PressBoxOnline.com, you are participating in a community that is intended for all our users. Therefore, we reserve the right to remove any content posted on our site at any time for any reason. Decisions as to whether content violates any Posting Rule will be made by PressBoxOnline.com in its discretion after we have actual notice of such posting. Without limiting our right to remove content, we have attempted to provide guidelines to those posting content on our site. When using PressBoxOnline.com, please do not post material that:

• contains vulgar, profane, abusive, racist or hateful language or expressions, epithets or slurs, text, photographs or illustrations in poor taste, inflammatory attacks of a personal, racial or religious nature.

• is defamatory, threatening, disparaging, grossly inflammatory, false, misleading, fraudulent, inaccurate, unfair, contains gross exaggeration or unsubstantiated claims, violates the privacy rights of any third party, is unreasonably harmful or offensive to any individual or community.

• violates any right of PressBoxOnline.com or any third party.

• discriminates on the grounds of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability, or refers to such matters in any manner prohibited by law.

• violates or inappropriately encourages the violation of any municipal, state, federal or international law, rule, regulation or ordinance.

• unfairly interferes with any third party's uninterrupted use of PressBoxOnline.com.

• advertises, promotes or offers to trade any goods or services, except in areas specifically designated for such purpose.

• uploads or transmits viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files.

• disrupts, interferes with, or otherwise harms or violates the security of PressBoxOnline.com, or any services, system resources, accounts, passwords, servers or networks connected to or accessible through PressBoxOnline.com or affiliated or linked sites.


WARNING: A VIOLATION OF THE FOREGOING GUIDELINES MAY BE REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

11. Contact Us

To contact PressBoxOnline.com, please use the following:

PressBoxOnlne.com
3600 Clipper Mill Road
Suite 155
Baltimore, MD 21211
fanmail@pressboxonline.com

12. Other Terms

If any provision of this Terms of Use Agreement shall be unlawful, void or unenforceable for any reason, the other provisions (and any partially-enforceable provision) shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and enforceable to the maximum possible extent.  You agree that this Terms of Use Agreement and any other agreements referenced herein may be assigned by Word Smith Media Ventures, LLC, in our sole discretion, to a third party in the event of a merger or acquisition.  This Terms of Use Agreement shall apply in addition to, and shall not be superseded by, any other written agreement between us in relation to your participation as a Member.  Member agrees that by accepting this Terms of Use Agreement, Member is consenting to the use and disclosure of their personally identifiable information and other practices described in our Privacy Policy.

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