- Additional Terms – Registration
- Additional Terms – Posting
- Additional Terms – User Generated Content
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BECAUSE THEY, AND THE OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS REFERRED TO BELOW, DESCRIBE YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND FORM A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND US REGARDING YOUR USE OF OUR WEBSITE.
IF, FOR ANY REASON, YOU ARE UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO AGREE TO ALL OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY STOP USING OR ATTEMPTING TO USE OUR WEBSITES, BECAUSE IF YOU CONTINUE YOU WILL BE AGREEING TO ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS THAT ARE DESCRIBED OR REFERRED TO BELOW.
The Advertising Council, Inc. or the “Ad Council”, its sponsors, suppliers and agencies may also be referred to individually and/or collectively as “we”, “us” or “our” and we will refer to users of our Websites, our features, functions and services individually and/or collectively as “users”, “you” or “your” to make reading these materials easier.
When you see the word “use" or "using" we mean any time you, directly or indirectly, with or without the help of any device, attempt to or actually do access, interact, display, view, browse, print or copy, transmit, receive or exchange data, messages, content or you otherwise communicate with us or anyone else, including another user, advertiser or any person, firm or business you may encounter. We will also consider you to be using our Website if you utilize, benefit, take advantage of or interact with any feature, function, service, activity, promotion or content in, on or available through any of our Websites, for any purpose, or if you try to do any of these things.
WHO OWNS THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND OTHER CONTENT RIGHTS
Each of our Websites and, except as described below, all Content, is either our property or the property of our affiliates, licensors, suppliers, operational service providers, advertisers, agencies or promotional partners, and are legally protected, without limitation, under U.S. federal and state laws and regulations, as well as applicable foreign laws, regulations and treaties. To avoid any doubt, when we use “Content” it includes, but isn’t limited to, such things as software, code, design, text, images, photographs, illustrations, animations, audio, video and audio-visual material, art, graphic material, proprietary information, data, databases, service marks, trademarks, trade names, distinctive identification such as logos, the selection, sequence, 'look and feel' and arrangement of items and all copyrightable or otherwise legally protectible elements of any and all of our Websites.
You may only use our Content and Content of other users for your own personal use and you have no right to transfer, assign or use the Content for any other purpose or allow or enable anyone else to do so. Personal use means nothing commercial or even charitable, whether or not money or other compensation or consideration is involved and whether or not it is for your benefit or for someone else. This also means you are not allowed to use, display, reproduce, perform, adapt, translate, modify, create derivative works, publish, distribute, disseminate and/or broadcast Content that is not yours without our express prior written consent. You may not alter, delete or conceal copyright or other notices, even if we let you download, display, print or share the Content with others. Unauthorized or prohibited use of Content may subject you to civil liability, criminal prosecution, or both under federal, state and local laws.
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ANY LIABILITY WE MAY HAVE IS LIMITED
OUR WEBSITES AND ALL CONTENT ARE MADE AVAILABLE "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE", WITHOUT ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OR ANY GUARANTY OR ASSURANCE ANY WEBSITE OR CONTENT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR USE OR THAT ALL CONTENT WILL BE AVAILABLE OR PERFORM AS DESCRIBED OR THAT ANY WEBSITE OR CONTENT IS ACCURATE, COMPLETE OR ERROR FREE. WE ARE NEITHER RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY MALICIOUS OR UNAUTHORIZED CODE AND YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING YOU HAVE APPROPRIATE SCANNING AND PROTECTIVE MECHANISMS FOR THE SECURITY OF YOUR EQUIPMENT, PROGRAMS AND INFORMATION AND BY USING ANY OF OUR WEBSITES OR CONTENT, YOU ARE ASSUMING ALL RISK OF LOSS THAT MAY ARISE OR BE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT USE.
YOU ARE INDEMNIFYING US OF YOUR BREACH
WHAT LAW APPLIES?
2.0 Additional Terms – Registration
GIVING US PERSONAL INFORMATION; KEEPING IT UP TO DATE
We reserve the right to deny, suspend, terminate and cancel any registration, User ID and the use of any or all of our Services, if we believe there is a question about the identity of the person trying to use any of our Websites. If the burden or expense of providing access to your Personal Information is disproportionate to the risks to your privacy or if the legitimate rights of others would be violated, we may decide not to provide you access to your Personal Information. In such cases, we will provide you with an explanation of why access cannot be provided and a contact person for further inquiries.
HOW WE MAY USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
YOU CAN OPT-OUT
If becoming a Registered User on any of our Websites is automatically associated with or allows you to sign up to receive email or other communications from us on a periodic or regular, we will always disclose this to you, your registration or request to receive these includes your consent to receive them and you have the right to opt out of receiving them in the future. Our Websites and email communications will provide you with instructions and the procedures you can use to opt out when applicable. You cannot, however, opt out of receiving communications related to the Services you request, in response to your inquiries, or to manage your registration or status as a Registered User.
DELETING PERSONAL INFORMATION; PARENTS’ RIGHTS REGARDING CHILDREN
Other than our employees or operational service providers with a need to know in order to provide the Services on or through our Website, we do not allow direct access to any Personal Information by any person without the Registered User’s User ID or appropriate identification.
Parents of children under the age of 13 must provide verifiable consent in advance of their child using the Services, and have the right to terminate their child’s Registered User registration and use of our Services at any point. To do so, parents should contact us at [email protected] Parents will be required to provide verifiable identification that they are the child’s parent and if a parent does not have his or her child’s User ID, the parent will be required to send an email to [email protected] that includes the parent’s name, address, telephone and email address, in addition to the child’s name and email address as shown in our records. We will send a confirming email to the parent at the email address provided by the parent to verify that the parent wishes to terminate the child’s registration. The parent must confirm by sending a reply to the return address designated by us. We will then terminate the child’s registration and will notify the child by email, identifying the name, address and contact information submitted by the parent who made the request.
3.0 Additional Terms – Posting
Our Websites may provide Registered Users with an opportunity to submit, provide, furnish, transmit, make available, exchange, communicate, share and/or display Content to us and/or to other users (referred to as a “Post” or “Posting”). Sometimes we provide specific areas on our Websites where you can Post information about yourself and others, communicate or upload Content such as photographs or audio-visual works. Posting includes not just Content in the form of files or material you upload to our Websites, but also any messages or information you may send in the form of emails, text, SMS, and instant messages (IM), comments, advice, opinions and ideas, as well as information available as a result of your participation in chat rooms, forums and similar areas of our Websites where you may be exchanging information and communicating with others. You should understand we intend the terms “Post” and “Posting” and any variations of these words to be construed as broadly as possible and when we use the term “Content” it includes all of these things and anything else you might Post.
WE CAN USE YOUR POSTINGS
You authorize us to use your Post, in whole or in part, throughout the universe, in perpetuity in or on any and all media, now known or hereafter discovered or developed, alone or together, in compilations or combinations, as part of other Content of any kind or nature and in any manner of our choosing, without notice or attribution. You have no right to require and we have no obligation to pay any fees, charges or royalties for our use or exploitation of your Post and we reserve the right to delete your Posting at any time and in any manner we choose.
DON’T POST PERSONAL INFORMATION
You should never Post Personal Information because, as we note above, anything you Post or that is Posted through the use of your User ID (e.g., if you allow others to use your User ID or you fail to protect the confidentiality of your User ID) may be seen and obtained by others and is or may become publicly available. Postings on our Websites may appear on other websites or when someone uses search technology looking for subjects related to or about a Posting. Never assume what you Post will be kept confidential or that other users or third parties will not be able to see or obtain access to your Posts. Neither you nor we can control who may see or obtain Posts. Nor do we control or know what they may do with Postings or for what purpose they may be used. While we ask you not to Post or share Personal Information, if you decide to do so anyway, we urge you to exercise discretion and caution, because you should always assume Personal Information you Post is and will become publicly available and you Post Personal Information at your own risk.
We should also point out that no communications, especially those over the Internet and using the facilities of the World Wide Web, including our Websites, can be guaranteed to be secure, and at the risk of repetition, you should assume any Personal Information you share, whether by Posting or otherwise, may be seen and read (and possibly used) by others who you do not know and you do not intend to have it or use it.
PROTECT YOUR USER ID
WE AREN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR POSTINGS
We aren’t responsible, liable or accountable for Posts. We generally don’t control, monitor, screen or edit user Posts, although we reserve the right to do so and we may start, stop or decide to do so, for a particular reason or for no reason at all, at any time and from time to time in our sole discretion, without notice. We don’t endorse or support anything contained in or that might be inferred from a Post. We certainly cannot and do not vouch for or guarantee the accuracy, validity, integrity or quality of any Posting and we cannot ensure that harmful, inaccurate, deceptive, offensive, defamatory, unlawful or otherwise objectionable Postings will not appear on our Websites. By providing you and others with the ability to Post, our Websites are passive conduits and we neither undertake nor accept any obligation or liability relating to any Posting or the activities of users.
USERS CAN DISAGREE
Even though our Websites allow you to interact, even if we have the capability to monitor your dealings with others; even if we find out about a dispute you are having with another user or third party, you are solely responsible for your interactions with others. We have no responsibility to monitor, resolve or get involved in any dispute or disagreement you have and although we reserve the right to do so, we don’t undertake or accept any liability, whether we do or not.
TERMINATION OF YOUR RIGHTS
GENERAL RULES THAT APPLY TO POSTING
You may never yourself, Post or use, allow or enable others to Post, use our Websites or knowingly condone use of our Websites to do or attempt to:
- violate any laws, regulations, judicial or governmental order, treaties or our rights or the rights of any other person, firm or enterprise;
- engage in conduct which is or could be considered libelous, defamatory, indecent, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, sexually explicit or sexually suggestive in a manner we or others might find inappropriate, racially, culturally or ethnically offensive, harmful, harassing, intimidating, threatening, hateful, objectionable, discriminatory or abusive;
- impersonate any other person, firm or enterprise or any of our or their employees and agents;
- use our Websites for Posting or otherwise using malicious or unauthorized code, (e.g., viruses, time bombs, cancel bots, worms, Trojan horses, spyware) or other potentially harmful Content, or in any way interrupt, damage, interfere with, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or communication equipment, including our Website;
- modify, disrupt, impair, alter or interfere with the use, features, functions, operation or maintenance of our Websites, Posts or any other rights or use and enjoyment of our Websites by any other person, firm or enterprise;
- collect, obtain, compile, gather, transmit, reproduce, delete, revise, view or display any material or information, whether personally identifiable or not, submitted, provided or made available by or concerning any other person, firm or enterprise;
- engage in any activity or fail to report any activity involving SPAM, junk e-mail, chain letters, duplicative or unsolicited messages, or so-called "spamming" and “phishing” or other similar schemes; or
- use our Websites or any Content, including Posts, for commercial or business purposes, including advertising, marketing, selling or offering goods or services, whether or not for financial benefit or other form of compensation or consideration or by linking with any other website or web pages.
If you believe that any Posting (or any Content on our Website) contains elements that infringe any copyright of yours or anyone else’s, we will act expeditiously to remove infringing Content when we receive notice, as described below, and we will use reasonable efforts to disable use of our Website by anyone who repeatedly infringes the rights of others. To notify us if you believe infringing Content is Posted on our Websites, please follow the procedures set forth below in our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.
4.0 Additional Terms – User Generated Content
USER GENERATED CONTENT
While we defined “Post” and “Posting” broadly enough so that it includes Content that is generated, developed, created and uploaded or submitted to our Websites by you or by someone under your User ID, but since it has taken on great importance as part of the Posting environment, there are some additional provisions that apply to Content that you create and which is contained in distinct or separate files that can be Posted by uploading or transmitting them to our Website or to other users through Posting or other facilities we provide and we will refer to that type of Content as “UGC” which stands for user generated Content.
YOU GIVE US SOME RIGHTS, BUT UGC IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
We don’t claim ownership of or undertake responsibility or liability for UGC, but we obtain certain rights when you Post UGC. When you Post UGC you grant us an irrevocable, unconditional, worldwide, royalty-free right and license to use, distribute, modify, adapt and publicly display the UGC you Post, on or in connection with our Websites and we can use it to create compilations, adaptations and derivative works. You also understand and agree that others, other users and third parties, may be able to obtain copies of UGC you Post and that we cannot and do not control them or what they may do or attempt to do with UGC you Post. Consequently, we cannot and do not accept or have any liability or obligations to you with respect to any UGC you Post and you do so at your own risk.
Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), all notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent ONLY to our Designated Agent.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS SOLELY FOR NOTIFYING US THAT YOUR COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL MAY HAVE BEEN INFRINGED. DO NOT SEND ANY INQUIRIES UNRELATED TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT (e.g., REQUESTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OR CUSTOMER SERVICE, REPORTS OF E-MAIL ABUSE) TO THE CONTACT LISTED BELOW. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE IF SENT TO THAT CONTACT.
WE CAUTION YOU THAT UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY CIVIL PENALTIES. THESE INCLUDE MONETARY DAMAGES, COURT COSTS, AND ATTORNEYS’ FEES INCURRED BY US, BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER, OR BY ANY COPYRIGHT OWNER'S LICENSEE THAT IS INJURED AS A RESULT OF OUR RELYING UPON YOUR MISREPRESENTATION. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION FOR PERJURY.
Written notification must be submitted to the following Designated Agent:
Service Provider(s): The Advertising Council
Name of Designated Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement: Barbara Shimaitis
Full Address of Designated Agent to Which Notification Should be Sent: 815 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017
Telephone Number of Designated Agent: 212-922-1500
Facsimile Number of Designated Agent: 212-922-1676
Email Address of Designated Agent: [email protected]
Under Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)(A), the Notification of Claimed Infringement must include the following:
(1) An electronic or physical signature of the owner or of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest;
(2) Identification of the copyrighted work (or works) that you claim has been infringed;
(3) A description of the material that you claim is infringing, and the location where the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists (for example, the URL of the page of the website where it is lawfully posted; the name, edition and pages of a book from which an excerpt was copied, etc.);
(4) A clear description of where the infringing material is located on our Website, including as applicable its URL, so that we can locate the material;
(5) Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
(6) A statement that you have a good-faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
(7) A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.