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- Your houstonmetronews.com Account and Site. If you create a blog/site on the Website, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and blog, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the blog. You must not describe or assign keywords to your blog in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others, and Houston Metro News may change or remove any description or keyword that it considers inappropriate or unlawful, or otherwise likely to cause Houston Metro News liability. You must immediately notify Houston Metro News of any unauthorized uses of your blog, your account or any other breaches of security. Houston Metro News will not be liable for any acts or omissions by You, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
- Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to the Website, post links on the Website, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of the Website (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:
- the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
- if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
- you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
- the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
- the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
- the Content is not pornographic, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
- your blog is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
- your blog is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your blog’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
- you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by Houston Metro News or otherwise.
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- Responsibility of Website Visitors. Houston Metro News has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to the Website, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating the Website, Houston Metro News does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. The Website may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. The Website may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Houston Metro News disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of the Website, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.
- Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through the websites and webpages to which houstonmetronews.com links, and that link to houstonmetronews.com. Houston Metro News does not have any control over those non-Houston Metro News websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Houston Metro News website or webpage, Houston Metro News does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Houston Metro News disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Houston Metro News websites and webpages.
- Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. As Houston Metro News asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by houstonmetronews.com violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Houston Metro News in accordance with Houston Metro News Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Policy. Houston Metro News will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. Houston Metro News will terminate a visitor’s access to and use of the Website if, under appropriate circumstances, the visitor is determined to be a repeat infringer of the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Houston Metro News or others. In the case of such termination, Houston Metro News will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Houston Metro News.
- Intellectual Property. This Agreement does not transfer from Houston Metro News to you any Houston Metro News or third party intellectual property, and all right, title and interest in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with Houston Metro News. Houston Metro News, houstonmetronews.com, the houstonmetronews.com logo, and all other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with houstonmetronews.com, or the Website are trademarks or registered trademarks of Houston Metro News or Houston Metro News licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Website may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Website grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any Houston Metro News or third-party trademarks.
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- Changes. Houston Metro News reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of this Agreement. It is your responsibility to check this Agreement periodically for changes. Your continued use of or access to the Website following the posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those changes. Houston Metro News may also, in the future, offer new services and/or features through the Website (including, the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
- Termination. Houston Metro News may terminate your access to all or any part of the Website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your houstonmetronews.com account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the Website. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you have a paid services account, such account can only be terminated by Houston Metro News if you materially breach this Agreement and fail to cure such breach within thirty (30) days from Houston Metro News notice to you thereof; provided that, Houston Metro News can terminate the Website immediately as part of a general shut down of our service. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
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