Terms of Service
Robinson Communications Inc.
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Robinson Newspapers is dedicated to providing visitors to this site with a highly interactive and positive experience, while at the same time protecting our rights and the rights of our users. We have developed these Terms of Service to govern your use of RobinsonNews.com, and we, along with our affiliates, partners and advertisers, provide content and services to you subject to the following conditions. Your use of our site tells us you have read and agreed to these Terms of Service. Please read them carefully.
This Terms of Service is a binding contract between you and Robinson Communications Inc. regarding your use of RobinsonNews.com and/or it's sub-domains and affiliates. If you do not agree with any of these terms, please exit RobinsonNews.com or any of our affiliated sites.
All of the information, content, services and software displayed on, transmitted through, or used in connection with RobinsonNews.com, including for example directories, guides, news articles, opinions, reviews, text, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video, html, source and object code, software, data, and the like (collectively, the "Content"), as well as its selection and arrangement, is owned by Robinson Communications, and its affiliated companies, RobinsonNews.com and suppliers. Robinson Communications actively protects its rights to the Content to the fullest extent of the law. You may not use such material except as provided in these Terms of Service.
You may use the Content online and solely for your personal, non-commercial use, and you may download or print a single copy of any portion of the Content for your personal, non-commercial use, provided you do not remove any trademark, copyright or other notice contained in such Content. No other use is permitted. You may not, for example, republish the Content on any Internet, Intranet or Extranet site or incorporate the Content in any database, compilation, archive or cache. You may not distribute any of the Content to others, whether or not for payment or other consideration, and you may not modify, copy, frame, reproduce, sell, publish, transmit, display or otherwise use any portion of the Content without the written consent of Robinson Communications.
Requests to use of the Content for any purpose other than as permitted in this paragraph should be directed to info@RobinsonNews.com. In certain cases, you may be able to obtain a license to use individual stories that appear on RobinsonNews.com through an online vendor we have specifically designated as authorized to license Content on our behalf. If we have authorized a third party vendor to grant you a license to any Content, we will tell you that directly in the portion of the Content you may license. If you do not see our express authorization, you should assume no third party has the right to allow you to use the Content.
RobinsonNews.com respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement or are aware of any infringing material placed by any third party on RobinsonNews.com, please contact us.
The Content includes logotypes, trademarks and service marks (collectively "Marks") owned by Robinson Communications and its affiliated companies, and Marks owned by other information providers and third parties. For example, RobinsonNews.com is a trademark of Robinson Communications Inc.. No Marks may be used in any manner unless approved in advance by RobinsonNews.com.
Links to, and frames of, RobinsonNews.com
If you operate a Web site and wish to link to RobinsonNews.com, you may link only to the home page, www.RobinsonNews.com, and not to any other page or subdomain of RobinsonNews.com. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques that involve any trademark, logo, copyrighted material or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of any portion of RobinsonNews.com without our express written consent. In addition, you agree not to decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble any software or other products or processes accessible through RobinsonNews.com, not to insert any code or product or manipulate the content of RobinsonNews.com in any way that affects the user's experience, and not to use any data mining, robots, cancelbots, Trojan horse, or any data gathering or extraction method in connection with your use of RobinsonNews.com.
Membership and Registration
If you become a Member of RobinsonNews.com, you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account or password, and agree you will not sell, transfer or assign your Membership or any Membership rights. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and for restricting access to your computer so that others may not access RobinsonNews.com using your name in whole or in part. RobinsonNews.com reserves the right to terminate Membership and deny access to the site to any person who violates this Terms of Service.
By placing material on, or communicating with, RobinsonNews.com, including for example communication during registration, communication on any RobinsonNews.com bulletin board or message or chat area, posting any resume or photograph, entering any sweepstakes, etc., you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you provide, that the content is accurate, that it does not violate these Terms of Service, and that it will not cause injury to any person or entity. You grant Robinson Communications, its affiliates and related entities, including RobinsonNews.com, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works from all information you provide to us, 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 Robinson Communications to include the information you provide in a searchable format that may be accessed by users of RobinsonNews.com and other Robinson Communications Web sites. You also grant Robinson Communications Inc. and its affiliates and related entities the right to use your name and any other information about you that you provide in connection with its use and with the reproduction or distribution of such material, and also grant Robinson Communications Inc. the right to use any material, information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any communication you send to us for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing, manufacturing and marketing products using such information. All rights in this paragraph are granted without the need for additional compensation of any sort to you.
Please note that RobinsonNews.com does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for use or publication. RobinsonNews.com is not responsible for the similarity of any of its content or programming in any media to materials or ideas transmitted to RobinsonNews.com.
Other Specifics About Interactive Areas (Message Boards, Chat Areas, etc.)
RobinsonNews.com bulletin boards, chat rooms and other such interactive areas are provided to give users an interesting and stimulating forum to express their opinions and share their ideas and information. Given the nature of RobinsonNews.com and the volume of messages and postings, RobinsonNews.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 particularly discourage divulging personal phone numbers and addresses or other information that can be used to identify or locate you. RobinsonNews.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.
Interactive areas, discussion boards, chat rooms, 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 RobinsonNews.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 RobinsonNews.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 RobinsonNews.com, please do not post material that:
- contains vulgar, profane, abusive or hateful language, epithets or slurs, text or illustrations in poor taste, inflammatory attacks of a personal, racial or religious nature, or expressions of bigotry, racism, discrimination or hate.
- is defamatory, threatening, disparaging, grossly inflammatory, false, misleading, deceptive, 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, contains any actionable statement, or tends to mislead or reflect unfairly on any other person, business or entity.
- violates any right of RobinsonNews.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 any municipal, state or federal law, rule, regulation or ordinance, or attempts to encourage such an evasion or violation.
- unfairly interferes with any third party's uninterrupted use and enjoyment of RobinsonNews.com.
- advertises, promotes or offers to trade any goods or services, except in areas specifically designated for such purpose.
- uploads copyrighted or other proprietary material of any kind on RobinsonNews.com without the express permission of the owner of that material.
- uses or attempt to use another's account, password, service or system except as expressly permitted by the Terms of Service.
- includes images, photos, articles or other content that constitutes, promotes or encourages illegal acts, violation of any right of any individual or entity, violation of any local, state, national or international law, rule, guideline or regulation, or otherwise creates liability.
- uploads or transmits viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files.
- disrupts, interferes with, or otherwise harms or violates the security of RobinsonNews.com, or any services, system resources, accounts, passwords, servers or networks connected to or accessible through RobinsonNews.com or affiliated or linked sites.
- "flames" any individual or entity (e.g., sends repeated messages related to another user and/or makes derogatory or offensive comments about another individual), or repeats prior posting of the same message under multiple threads or subjects.
WARNING: A VIOLATION OF THE FOREGOING GUIDELINES MAY BE REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.
Communications With Third Parties Through RobinsonNews.com
Your dealings or communications through RobinsonNews.com with any party other than RobinsonNews.com are solely between you and that third party. For example, certain areas of RobinsonNews.com may allow you to conduct transactions or purchase goods or services. In most cases, these transactions will be conducted by our third-party partners and vendors. Under no circumstances will RobinsonNews.com be liable for any goods, services, resources or content available through such third party dealings or communications, or for any harm related thereto. Please review carefully that third party's policies and practices and make sure you are comfortable with those policies and practices before you engage in any transaction. Any complaints, concerns or questions you may have relating to materials provided by third parties should be forwarded directly to the third party.
General Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
While RobinsonNews.com uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information, we make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy of the Content and assume no liability or responsibility for any error or omission in the Content. RobinsonNews.com does not represent or warrant that use of any Content, when authorized, will not infringe rights of third parties. In addition, in some cases, Content available on RobinsonNews.com may be provided and/or hosted by third parties. RobinsonNews.com has not reviewed all of the sites linked to RobinsonNews.com and is not responsible for the content of any off-site pages or links to or from any other sites. While RobinsonNews.com encourages such third parties to abide by these Terms of Service, RobinsonNews.com has no responsibility for actions of third parties.
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RobinsonNews.com and it's sub-domains and affilated sites are controlled, operated and administered by Robinson Communications Inc. from its offices within the United States. RobinsonNews.com makes no representation that materials or Content available through RobinsonNews.com are appropriate or available for use outside the United States and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. You may not use RobinsonNews.com or export the Content in violation of U.S. export laws and regulations. If you access RobinsonNews.com from a location outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws.
All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitations, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. Federal and State law make it unlawful for employers and employment agencies to advertise prospective employment where the job is limited as to age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, genetic disposition, or career status, or marital status, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification. Robinson Newspapers does not knowingly accept advertising in violation of these laws.
Robinson Communications reserves the right to change these Terms of Service at any time in its discretion and to notify users of any such changes solely by changing this Terms of Service. Your continued use of RobinsonNews.com and/or it's sub-domains or affiliated sites after the posting of any amended Terms of Service shall constitute your agreement to be bound by any such changes. Please note that your use of this site prior to the time this Terms of Service was posted will be governed according to the Terms of Service that applied at the time of your use.
Robinson Communications may modify, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of any portion of RobinsonNews.com or it's sub-domains and/or affiliated sites, including the availability of any portion of the Content at any time, without notice or liability. Robinson Communications may deny access to any person or user at any time for any reason. In addition, Robinson Communications (or RobinsonNews.com) may at any time transfer its rights and obligations under this Agreement to any Robinson Communications affiliate, subsidiary or business unit, or any of their affiliated companies or divisions, or any entity that acquires Robinson Communications, RobinsonNews.com or any of their assets.
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