TERMS OF USE


Last updated: October 24, 2011


General

The web site accessible through http://www.councilinsider.com (the “Website”) is owned, operated and distributed by Council For Accountable Advertising LLC, a New York limited liability company (referred to in these Terms of Use as “we” and through similar words such as “us,” “our,” etc.). BY ACCESSING ANY PART OF THE WEBSITE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS DESCRIBED BELOW (THE “TERMS OF USE”) AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF OUR PRIVACY POLICY (THE “PRIVACY POLICY”), WHICH ARE INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ANY OF THESE TERMS, YOU SHOULD NOT USE THE WEBSITE OR ANY OF OUR SERVICES. These Terms of Use apply to all users, including both users who are simply viewing the Website and users who have subscribed for services and/or are contributors of content, information, and other materials or services on the Website.

You agree that you will not: (a) copy or distribute any part of the Website in any medium without our prior written authorization; or (b) alter or modify any part of the Website or such materials in any manner. In order to access some features of the Website, you will have to create an account. You may never use another’s account without permission. When creating your account, you represent and warrant to us that the information you provide is accurate and complete in all respects. You agree that you will be solely responsible for all activity that occurs on your account, whether or not authorized by you. Accordingly, it is extremely important that you keep your password secure. You agree to notify us immediately in the event you become aware of, or suspect, any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account.

These Terms of Use, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by us without restriction.

Use of the Website and our services is only available only to individuals who are at least 13 years old. If you are not yet 13 years old, you are not authorized to use the Website or our services.

We may, at our sole discretion, modify these Terms of Use at any time. By accessing the Website or using our services at any time after such modifications, you are agreeing to such modifications. These Terms of Use were last modified as of October 24, 2011.

Third Party Content

The Website may contain links to third party websites that are not owned or controlled by us. You acknowledge and agree that we have no control over such sites and resources, are not responsible for the availability of such sites or resources, and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, features, services, information or other materials on or available from such sites or resources, or any websites that they may link to (collectively, “Third Party Content”). We shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any Third Party Content.

Intellectual Property Rights

Except where otherwise indicated, all material included on the Website, including (without limitation) the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, interactive features and the like (“Content”) and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein, are owned by or licensed to us, subject to copyright and other intellectual property rights under United States and foreign laws and international conventions. In addition, the compilation and presentation of the Content on the Website is subject to copyright owned exclusively by us. Content on the Website may not be used, copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without our prior written consent. We reserve all rights not expressly granted in and to the Website and the Content. You agree to not engage in the use, copying, or distribution of any of the Content other than expressly permitted herein, including any use, copying, or distribution of User Submissions of third parties obtained through the Website for any commercial purposes. If you download or print a copy of the Content for personal use, you must retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein. You agree not to circumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with security related features of the Website or features that prevent or restrict use or copying of any Content or enforce limitations on use of the Website or the Content therein.

User Submissions

Content submitted by users for inclusion on the Website (including, without limitation, any information that you submit for posting in your public profile) is referred to in these Terms of Use as “User Submissions.” Whether or not such User Submissions are published, they will be subject to these Terms of Use. We do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to User Submissions (whether or not published). You shall be solely responsible for your own User Submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. You represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to your User Submissions (and all Content included therein), including the right to authorize us to use the User Submissions in the manner contemplated by the Website and these Terms of Use. We do not verify information contained in Users’ profiles, or any other User Submissions, and we do not endorse any User Submission or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein. Accordingly, we expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with User Submissions.

In addition, we may from time to time publish Content on our blog or other parts of this Website which is or has been authored by participants in the Council or other third parties. Opinions and other statements expressed by such members and third parties are theirs alone, not opinions of The Council For Accountable Advertising or any of the other participants of the Council. Content created by such third parties is the sole responsibility of the third parties contributing or authoring such Content and its accuracy and completeness are not endorsed or guaranteed. Neither the Council nor its affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers, shareholders or the Council’s participants (other than the participant authoring such content, as applicable) assume any responsibility or liability which may arise from any such Content, including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, libel, slander, infringement, invasion of privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, pornography, profanity, fraud, or misrepresentation.

Unless otherwise agreed, ownership rights in any User Submissions and third party-contributed or authored Content will be retained by such contributor or the original author or licensor, as the case may be; however, upon its submission or contribution, we will receive an irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform such User Submissions or Content in any media formats now or hereafter created and through any media channels now or hereafter created, including but not limited to use on this Website in any manner permitted through the functionality of this Website and under these Terms of Use.

We will not tolerate violations of intellectual property rights on the Website. If you are a copyright owner and believe that any User Submission or other Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). To provide us notice of an infringement, you must provide a written communication to the attention of “DMCA Infringement Notification Dept.” care of copyrights@councilinsider.com that sets forth the information specified by the DMCA (see http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#512). You may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees) if you materially misrepresent that an activity is infringing your copyright.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in these Terms of Use, we reserve the right to remove any Content and User Submissions without prior notice (or to refuse to publish any User Submission) for any reason, and to terminate or refuse a User’s access to its Website for any reason.

Warranty Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

YOU AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE SHALL BE AT YOUR SOLE RISK, AND THAT ALL CONTENT AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU “AS IS.” TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE, OUR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN CONNECTION WITH THE WEBSITE, OUR SERVICES AND YOUR USE THEREOF. WE MAKE NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE WEBSITE’S CONTENT OR THE CONTENT OF ANY SITES LINKED TO THE WEBSITE, OR ANY OTHER ADVICE THAT YOU MAY RECEIVE FROM US, AND ASSUME NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY (I) ERRORS, MISTAKES, OR INACCURACIES OF CONTENT, (II) PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, RESULTING FROM YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE WEBSITE OR OUR SERVICES, (III) ANY UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR USE OF OUR SECURE SERVERS AND/OR ANY AND ALL INFORMATION STORED THEREIN, (IV) ANY INTERRUPTION OR CESSATION OF TRANSMISSION TO OR FROM THE WEBSITE, AND/OR (IV) ANY BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE THAT MAY BE TRANSMITTED TO OR THROUGH THE WEBSITE BY ANY THIRD PARTY. WE DO NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY THROUGH THE WEBSITE OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING, AND WE WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO, OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR, MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. AS WITH THE PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE.

IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY (I) FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES (HOWEVER ARISING) OR (II) FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) $100. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.

The Website is controlled and offered by us from our facilities in the United States of America. We make no representations that the Website is appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who access or use the Website from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are responsible for compliance with local law.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless us and our affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from: (i) your use of and access to the Website; (ii) your violation of any term of these Terms of Use; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; (iv) any claim that one of your User Submissions caused damage to a third party; or (v) any action taken by a third party using your account or user ID. This obligation will survive these Terms of Use and your use of the Website and our services.

Code of Conduct for Users

You may not use the Website for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms of Use, or any other purpose not reasonably intended by us. In furtherance, and not in limitation, of the foregoing, you agree not to take any of the following actions in connection with your use of the Website: (i) abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate others; (ii) contribute any User Submission that is infringing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party; (iii) engage in any activity intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any user; (iv) transmit unwanted email or other communications; (v) submit stories or comments linking to affiliate programs, multi-level marketing schemes, sites/blogs repurposing existing stories (source hops) or off-topic content; (vi) take any action that might impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (vii) interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Website or any activities conducted on the Website; or (viii) bypass any measures we may use to prevent or restrict access to the Website. You will not post on the Website, or transmit to other Users via the Website, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, discriminatory, racially offensive or illegal material.

Subscriptions

We may, from time to time, charge subscription fees, for access to all or parts of the Website. We reserve the right, at any time, to change any fees or charges for using any services provided on the Website, provided that such changes will not apply to subscription fees or charges paid prior to the time of the change. We may terminate a subscription at any time with or without cause. In the event that we terminate your subscription without cause, we shall refund, pro rata, any unused portion of subscription payments that we have received from you. In the event that we terminate a subscription due to a violation of these Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy, we will be entitled to keep all subscription payments.

Miscellaneous

You agree that the Website shall be deemed a passive website solely based in New York and shall not give rise to personal jurisdiction over us, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than New York. These Terms of Use shall be governed by the internal laws of the State of New York, without regard to its conflict of laws principles. Any claim or dispute between you and us that arises in whole or in part from the Website or our services shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and State courts located in New York, New York. These Terms of Use, together with the Privacy Policy and any other legal notices published by us on the Website or in other materials distributed in connection with our services, constitute the entire agreement between you and us concerning the Website and our services. If any provision of these Terms of Use is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms of Use, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of these Terms of Use shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term, and our failure to assert any right or provision under these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, NO CLAIM UNDER THESE TERMS OF USE SHALL BE JOINED TO ANY OTHER CLAIM, INCLUDING ANY CLAIM INVOLVING ANY OTHER CURRENT OR FORMER USER OF THE SERVICE OR THE WEB SITE, AND NO CLASS ACTION PROCEEDINGS SHALL BE PERMITTED. IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY CLAIM, ACTION OR PROCEEDING BY YOU BE INSTITUTED MORE THAN THREE (3) YEARS AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION AROSE.

Most communications between us and you will be sent and received electronically. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other electronic communication exchanged between you and us shall satisfy any legal requirements that such communications be in writing.