In the interest of full disclosure, the following is excerpted from our Terms of Service.
User Generated Content Agreement
This site allows users to submit content for our use including to share and distribute to our users and reader community and publish outside of this website.
Content means any information we may accept including but not limited to blog comments, replies to broadcast emails, survey entries, articles, guest blog posts, text, images, video and audio submitted by any of various means we may allow.
In this Agreement, we refer to all of this Content provided by Users as “User Generated Content” or “User Content.”
1) Grant of Intellectual Property Rights
In order for us to make the User Generated Content you submit available to our users and to share it with our reader community on and beyond this website, and in order to successfully operate, plan, develop, market, promote and manage this website, our publications and our business, we need the right to make unrestricted use of content you submit.
Therefore, by contributing User Content you automatically grant to us, our representatives, affiliates, successors and assigns an irrevocable and perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully-paid, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, copy, distribute, perform, display, print, publish, re-publish, quote, excerpt (in whole or in part), reformat, translate, create derivative works from, modify, edit, revise and transmit such User Content. You grant the right to such distribution in text, audio, video or any other format or medium of expression now known or subsequently developed. You further grant us the right to distribute it free or for a fee and to sublicense the User Generated Content. All the foregoing shall be in our sole discretion.
You agree that this license cannot be cancelled or revoked, does not expire, is freely granted by you, is royalty-free and has world-wide application.
This grant shall be interpreted broadly.
2) Acceptable User Generated Content
We are not the producer of user-generated content. When you supply, upload or otherwise provide such content you are the producer of the content and bear all legal responsibility for it.
You must not upload, submit or contribute any Content not originally created by you,
You represent and warrant that:
(a) you are the sole owner, author and copyright owner of User Content you submit to the Site or you have obtained and provided to us a copy of the legally binding written consent, release, and permission of each and every person or entity holding rights to such material and which allows and enables inclusion and use of such User Content in the manner contemplated by this Agreement.
(b) such User Content does not infringe upon any third-party rights (including but not limited to any copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, other intellectual property rights, moral rights, privacy rights or publicity rights) of any person, organization, object or entity.
(c) such User Content complies with our Terms of Service and published policies and does not contain any defamatory, libelous, discriminatory, illegal or obscene material;
(d) such User Content does not violate any applicable laws, regulations, or contain any false statements or misrepresentations; and
(e) there are no identifiable persons or objects in your user content unless you have obtained and provided to us a copy of the legally binding written consent, release, and permission of each and every identifiable individual person, or the owner/author of any identifiable objects or work in such User Content that allows and enables use of the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person, object or work in the manner contemplated by this Agreement.
3) Liability and Indemnification for your User Generated Content
You agree to indemnify and defend us, our managers, owners, employees, contractors, affiliates, agents, officers, directors, representatives, executors, heirs, licensees and assigns against any and all claims, costs, suits, and damages, including but not limited to costs of arbitration, litigation, settlement agreements, fines and attorney and court fees that may arise out of the content you have submitted, including all claims, damages, and liabilities, arising from content you have submitted.
4) Moderation of user-generated content
We reserve the right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) submitted content at any time for any reason whatsoever or no reason all, with or without notice, in our sole discretion.
It is impossible for us to check every single aspect of every piece of user-generated content. If you are the copyright owner, and you wish to have your content or graphics removed from this website, please see our Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Notice and guidelines. If you have other concerns about the appopriateness of any content or would like to notify us of a problem, contact us providing specific details of your concern.