I. Visitor Code of Conduct
The BrandMakerNews website ("BrandMakerNews.com") is a division of and owned and operated by THEM LLC, doing business as The BrandMakers.
This 'Terms of Usage Agreement' ("Agreement") informs visitors of the rules and policies that govern our website communities. We use the term "visitors" to include both registered members of our website communities and any other person that accesses our website at any point for any amount of time, unless designated otherwise. Visitors are expected to follow any posted guidelines or rules.
We may update this Agreement from time to time without notice. Any changes in our terms of usage will be incorporated into a revised Agreement that we will post on this website. All visitors have the obligation to review changes to this Agreement. Unless otherwise specified, such changes shall be effective when they are posted. Your access or use of this website constitutes your agreement to be bound by this Agreement, including any changes that exist when you re-access our site. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT, OR ANY POSTED GUIDELINES OR RULES, THEN DO NOT USE THIS SITE.
To participate in our website activities, 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.
II. Membership and Participation Eligibility
Parts of our website may require that you be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate and/or be a member and receive membership benefits, and you must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to participate in our offline events. You may not have to be a member to participate in certain contests, sweepstakes and/or special events; however, you must meet the designated minimum age requirements (for example, twenty-one (21) years of age or older) for the specific event.
We will establish specific rules and terms for participation in each contest, sweepstakes and/or special event and will post this information on our website. We will not knowingly collect personal information from visitors under eighteen (18) years of age for activities on our website. 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.
Visitors 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 BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, operational providers and partners harmless for any improper or illegal use of your password.
III. Restrictions on Visitors' Use of The BrandMakerNews Website Content
This website contains materials supplied by BrandMakerNews.com and its affiliates, parents, and subsidiaries, as well as other sources, and is protected by copyrights, trademarks, servicemarks, patents, trade secrets, or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by BrandMakerNews.com, visitors 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, in any manner, any material, content or design elements obtained from this site, including code and software ("Material"). Notwithstanding the above, visitors may print or download the Material from this site only for personal or non-commercial use, provided that the visitor does not republish the Material and keeps intact all copyright, trademarks, servicemarks, patent and other proprietary notices.
Use of the 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 this site is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of BrandMakerNews.com. Visitors are also prohibited from framing BrandMakerNews.com's website without the express written permission of BrandMakerNews.com. For information on requesting such permission, please e-mail a written request to HelpDesk(at)BrandMakerNews.com. Decisions to grant or deny permission are within the sole discretion of BrandMakerNews.com.
Visitors represent and warrant that they are the owner or otherwise have the right to provide any information or materials (including pre-existing materials) that they post or transmit for use in public or private areas on the website. Visitors hereby grant BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries an irrevocable, transferable, paid up, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive worldwide license to use, copy, print, display, modify, edit and create derivative works from and distribute or otherwise use and reproduce any information or materials, including, but not limited to, comments or content, that visitors post, submit or transmit in areas on our website and in our print magazine and the right to visitors and members online attribution in connection with such information and materials and in connection with the advertising, marketing and promotion of the foregoing without compensation, notification or other consideration. Each visitor also agrees to indemnify and hold BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any party arising out of information or materials that the visitor submits on our website.
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 this website;
your address, telephone number, and e-mail 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.
Material on this server may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. We have the right to make changes and update any information contained on this server without prior notice.
E-mail is an important communication method for our online visitors. The person in whose name the e-mail account is registered should generate all e-mail sent to us. E-mail users shall not mask their identity by using a false name or another person's name or account. We will use your e-mail address and the content of any e-mail for correspondence and visitor response purposes. Any non-personal information you provide to us by e-mail, 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 e-mail from disclosure.
V. Choice of Law and Forum
BrandMakerNews.com 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 Jersey, excluding its conflicts of law rules. Any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement or your access or use of this website will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the state of New Jersey, 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.
VI. Interactive Areas
We may provide interactive activities for our online website communities such as chat rooms, article and blog comment posting areas, bulletin boards (also known as message boards), SMS text messaging, mobile alerts and mobile e-mail updates or auditoriums, collectively identified as "Interactive Areas," for the enjoyment of our visitors.
Any submissions or postings by visitors to certain parts of this website, including Interactive Areas, without limitation, will be public and posted in public areas on the website. BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, members, directors, officers, employees, and any contract or operational providers that conduct, operate and/or manage BrandMakerNews.com'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 BrandMakerNews.com's Interactive Areas. General members of BrandMakerNews.com'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. Non-members may also be able to participate in Interactive Areas conducted, operated and/or managed by BrandMakerNews.com after submitting required registration information. Interactive Areas not conducted, operated and/or managed by BrandMakerNews.com may require a different registration process.
BrandMakerNews.com will not accept registrations or knowingly allow participation in its Interactive Areas by persons under eighteen (18) years old. For increased security, we also encourage you to not include any personal information about yourself or others in Interactive Areas, such as name, phone number or street address. You should always use your screen name to identify yourself. By participating in any of the aforementioned activities, all visitors and members agree to follow BrandMakerNews.com's standards of conduct. Postings to public areas may not be reviewed by BrandMakerNews.com prior to appearing on the website. Nonetheless, BrandMakerNews.com 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, and/or cooperate with local, state, and/or federal authorities if necessary, and in accordance 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, e-mail, transmit, upload or otherwise make available through our website. You agree not to use the Interactive Areas or this website to make available any content that:
is unlawful, harmful to adults or minors, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; or
infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of privacy or publicity, or other proprietary rights of any person; or
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.
BrandMakerNews.com may allow users to post reviews of brands, events, books, products and businesses ("Reviews"). Such Reviews are governed by the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, the user's agreement regarding his or her use of Interactive Areas. Reviews do not reflect the views of BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, affiliates or subsidiaries, or their respective employees, officers, directors or shareholders. BrandMakerNews.com does not assume responsibility or liability for any Review or for any claims, damages, or losses resulting from the use of this service or the materials contained therein. Reviews that are submitted to BrandMakerNews.com shall be owned exclusively and in perpetuity by BrandMakerNews.com. Such exclusive ownership means that BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, 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 Reviews.
BrandMakerNews.com may allow a user to post photograph(s) (“Photo”) of himself or herself, the submission of a Photo is governed by the terms of this Agreement, including without limitation, the user’s agreement regarding his or her use of Interactive Areas. In submitting a Photo and clicking the “I agree” box on the submission form, the user represents and warrants that (1) he or she is the person in the Photo and consents to the use of the Photo by THEM LLC doing business as The BrandMakers (“THEM”) and its licensees, successors and assigns, including but not limited to such uses as on and in BrandMakerNews.com or any other website owned or operated by THEM, in any magazine anthology or printed collection, and in connection with the advertising, marketing, promotion of any or all of the foregoing, throughout the world in all forms of media in perpetuity (the “Uses”); (2) he or she is 18 years of age or over; (3) he or she has submitted the Photo using his or her legal name and accurate personal information and consents to the Uses; (4) he or she is either the holder of the copyright in the Photo or is an authorized licensee in the copyright in the Photo and grants to BrandMakerNews, its licensees, successors and assigns, the right to publish and display the Photo in connection with the Uses; and (5) he or she has the legal right and power to agree to the use of Photo and grants THEM the right to use the Photo. In addition, the user expressly releases THEM and its licensees, successors and assigns from any privacy, defamation and any other claims the user may have for the use of any Photo submitted to BrandMakerNews.com.
BrandMakerNews.com strives to make its 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 BrandMakerNews.com's sole discretion, in addition to any other remedies. BrandMakerNews.com 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 code of conduct for certain Interactive Area 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. Third Party Links
Our website contains links and pointers to other sites and resources on the Internet controlled by third parties. These links are provided solely as a convenience to our visitors and do not constitute an endorsement by BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, affiliates or subsidiaries of any third party resources or content. Links do not imply that BrandMakerNews.com sponsors, is affiliated or associated with, or otherwise recommends, certifies or endorses the third party link or site. Any concerns regarding external links or websites should be directed to the respective website administrator or system operator. BrandMakerNews.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate links with any third parties or other websites that it deems inappropriate or inconsistent with our website. BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, 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.
VIII. Advice and Opinions
Our website contains facts, views, opinions and statements of third parties, visitors and other organizations. BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, 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 website. You acknowledge that any reliance upon any such advice, opinions, statement or other information shall be at your sole risk and you agree that BrandMakerNews.com, its parents, 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 website.
X. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
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XI. Security Measures
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