Terms of Use

Welcome to The Channel! By using this website (including by simply viewing content on uscchannel.com (the “Site”), you are agreeing that you will abide by the terms of the following User Agreement, which is summarized here, and set forth in its entirety below. This User Agreement is between you and The Channel (“We” or the “Newspaper”). Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on your acceptance of and compliance with this agreement.

Summary

Using The Channel Online, User Conduct, and Your Content

  • Anything you post on The Channel is public. So make sure you’re comfortable with the idea that anyone can view anything you post here.
  • You shouldn’t post any content or use our service to do anything illegal or malicious.
  • If it turns out any of your content or use is illegal or malicious, The Channel is not responsible — you’re responsible.
  • Please do not hack, attack, or copy The Channel or our services.
  • While we wouldn’t do it without good reason, ultimately The Channel may remove your content or terminate or suspend your account at its sole discretion.

Licensing Agreements
You own the content that you upload on The Channel, however we may distribute or use that content in a variety of ways. For example:

  • Your post may be selected to be featured in another article by a writer or editor
  • Your post may be shared on other social networking websites.

Advertising
You may see advertising in and around The Channel. In each of these cases, we aim to respect your copyright and privacy and ensure you have an uncluttered experience.

Privacy
We do our best to protect your personal information, and store it only as long as necessary. We do reserve the right to reveal your personal information if the law requires us to.

Copyright Policy
The Channel respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users and contributors to do the same. We will respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement where necessary.

User Agreement

Our offer to allow you to freely use our website is conditioned on your agreement to all of the terms and conditions contained in these Terms. If you do not agree to be bound by these Terms in their entirety, you must cease accessing or otherwise using this website in any way. Your use of any of the services constitutes your agreement to these Terms.

We may amend these Terms at any time in our sole discretion. Your use of the website following the date on which such amended Terms are published will constitute consent to such amendments. However, if you cease using the Services upon such publication, your relationship with us will continue to be controlled by the previous version of these Terms. You agree that you will periodically check this page for updates to these Terms, and read the messages we send you to inform you of any changes.

“User Contributed Content” or “Content” shall mean each and every item of content or other material (whether images, links, documents, text, writings, photographs, graphics, videos, or files) uploaded by a user or otherwise integrated into the website by a user.

Using The Channel, User Conduct, and Your Content.

User Responsibilities: You are solely responsible for your use of our Service, for any Content you submit to us, any interactions with other users, and for any consequences thereof.

You should only provide Content that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms, and that does not violate any third-party’s rights of any kind, including without limitation, any intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, or publicity rights.

We reserve the right, but are not obligated, to reject and/or remove any Content that we deem in violation of these terms

User Conduct: In exchange for your being able to use this website, you agree to be bound by the following obligations:

  1. Registration
    • Even if you choose to create an anonymous account, you are still agreeing to all of these Terms.
    • You may not:
      • use a false information or an account owned or controlled by another person with the intent to mislead other users maliciously by impersonating that person or for any other reason;
      • use as a User ID a name subject to any rights of a person other than yourself without appropriate authorization or in violation of our Content Guidelines; or
      • otherwise submit false or misleading information to the Company.
  2. No Changes to the Software/Prohibited Uses.
    • You may not and may not allow any third party to:
      • modify, adapt, disassemble, decompile, translate, reverse engineer or otherwise attempt to discover the source code or structure, sequence and organization of the website or any portion of any website
      • use the site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Service or another user’s use of the Service;
      • remove, obscure or change any copyright, trademark, hyperlink or other proprietary rights notices (“Notices“) contained in or on the Service or any website on which the Service is offered
      • submit any content or material that falsely express or imply that such content or material is sponsored or endorsed by us; or
      • use the Services to violate the security of any computer network or transfer or store illegal material.
  3. Usage rights
    • You agree that your use of and conduct on the Service (including any forum, message board, chat or other communication feature), and your User Contributed Content shall be lawful and will not:
      • violate the contractual, personal, intellectual property or other rights of any party, or promote or constitute illegal activity;
      • be in violation of these Terms, any local, state, federal or international law, rule or regulation or the rules of conduct posted with respect to any individual feature of the Services;
      • create user accounts by automated means or under false pretenses or mislead others as to the origins of your communications;
      • trick, defraud or mislead the us or other users, especially in any attempt to learn sensitive account information such as passwords;
      • make improper use of our support services or submit false reports of abuse or misconduct;
      • engage in promoting any pyramid schemes or other multi-tiered marketing schemes or engage in promoting any websites or services that are deemed spam, malware, or contain objectionable material in the Company’s sole discretion;
      • create or transmit unwanted electronic communications such as “spam,” to other users or otherwise interfere with other users’ enjoyment of the website;
      • disseminate or transmit viruses, worms, Trojan horses, RATs, keyboard loggers, time bombs, spyware, adware, cancelbots, passive collection mechanisms (“PCMs”), or any other malicious or invasive code or program or upload or transmit (or attempt to upload or to transmit) any material that acts as a passive or active information collection or transmission mechanism, including, without limitation, clear graphics interchange formats (“gifs”), 1×1 pixels, web bugs, cookies or other similar devices;
      • copy or adapt the software including but not limited to Flash, PHP, HTML, JavaScript or other code;
      • except as may be the result of standard search engine or Internet browser usage, use or launch, develop or distribute any automated system, including, without limitation, any spider, robot (or “bot”), cheat utility, scraper or offline reader that accesses the website, or use or launch any unauthorized script or other software;
      • cover or obscure any notice, banner, advertisement or other branding on the website;
      • disguise the source of your User Contributed Content or other information you submit;
      • interfere with or circumvent any security feature of the website or any feature that restricts or enforces limitations on use of or access to the Content or the User Content;
  4. You agree that you shall be responsible for any consequences arising in the event that any use of and conduct on the  website (including any forum, message board, chat or other communication feature), and your User Contributed Content:
    • includes any offensive comments that are connected to race, national origin, gender, sexual preference or physical handicap;
    • includes profanity or any obscene, indecent, pornographic, sexual or otherwise objectionable content or language;
    • defames, libels, ridicules, mocks, disparages, threatens, harass, intimidates or abuses anyone;
    • promotes violence or describes how to perform a violent act;
    • reveals any personal information about another individual, including another person’s address, phone number, e-mail address, credit card number or any information that may be used to track, contact or impersonate that individual; or
    • attempts to impersonate any other party;

Third-Party Links Disclaimer

The Service may contain links to third-party websites, advertisers, services, special offers, or other events or activities that are not owned or controlled by The Channel. We do not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites, information, materials, products, or services.

Copyright Policy

If we receive notice that Content posted is unlawful or not in keeping with the Terms or the intended use of the website we reserve to right to remove the material.

Termination of Agreement

You may discontinue your use of the website at any time without informing us. We may, however, retain and continue to use any Content that you have submitted or uploaded.

We may, without prior notice, change the Service, stop providing the Service or features of the Service to you or to users generally, or create usage limits for the Service. We may permanently or temporarily terminate or suspend your access to the Service without notice and liability for any reason, including if, in our sole determination, you violate any provision of these Terms. In particular, we may immediately terminate or suspend accounts that have been flagged for repeat copyright infringement.

Notification of Changes to Terms of Service.

Whenever we change our Terms, we will post those changes to this Terms of Service page, and other places we deem appropriate so that our users are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. By continuing to use the service, you agree and accept the changes and agree to the Terms.

Effective Date.

This statement of the Terms of Service is effective October 6, 2014 and as updated by us from time to time subject to the notice language contained in the Terms.

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