The Animal News Network's User Agreement
Effective December, 2002.
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Except for Content posted by you, you may not copy, modify, translate, publish, broadcast, transmit, distribute, perform, display, or sell any Content appearing on or through the Services.
Content Accessed for a fee
You may, based on copyright rules, and for content accessed for a fee ONLY, electronically store article content for your personal, non-commercial use by making a single electronic copy on your computer's hard drive, a single copy on a disk or other media or a single copy in printed form. You agree, however, that you will not store or archive a significant portion of the content or create a database using the content.
These rules also apply:
1. You will not in any way violate the intellectual property laws protecting the content accessible through animalnewsnetwork.org. This means you agree not to copy, modify, publish, transmit, create derivative works from, transfer, sell or display the content, including logos, trademarks or service marks, or otherwise violate the proprietary rights of animalnewsnetwork.org or others.
2. You will not reuse, republish or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it, whether over the Internet or otherwise, and whether or not for payment, without the express written permission of The Animal News Network or a third-party copyright holder.
3. You will cooperate promptly and completely with any reasonable request by The Animal News Network related to an investigation of infringement of copyright or other proprietary right.
To obtain permission to reuse or republish any material copyrighted by The Animal News Network, please use the appropriate contact form. For permission to reuse or republish The Animal News Network copyrighted material in printed formats, contact the permissions editor. The Animal News Network cannot grant permission to reuse or republish material from other information providers, such as the Associated Press or New York Times News Service. Please contact them directly.
Member Content is any information you provide to us or other users in the registration process, in any public message area (including the forums area) or through any email feature. You are solely responsible for Member Content, and we act as a passive conduit for your online distribution and publication of Member Content. Member Content must conform to the guidelines set forth under Online Conduct below. animalnewsnetwork.org reserves the right to remove any material that it believes may violate these Terms or Use, or any copyright or third-party rights.
If you believe that animalnewsnetwork.org or any user of animalnewsnetwork.org has infringed your copyright in any material way, please notify our Copyright Agent and provide the following information:
1. An identification of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed.
2. An identification of the material on animalnewsnetwork.org that you claim is infringing or is subject to infringing activity, with enough detail so that we can locate the material on our site.
3. Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
4. 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.
5. A statement by you declaring that the above information in your Notice is accurate, made under penalty of perjury, and that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest involved.
6. Your physical or electronic signature.
By submitting any Member Content to animalnewsnetwork.org, you automatically grant The Animal News Network and animalnewsnetwork.org a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, sublicensable (through multiple tiers), license to use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, create derivative works of, distribute, transfer or sell any such content, for any purpose, including commercial purposes, without any payment to you, in any type of media or in any form now known or later developed. In addition, you automatically waive and give up any claim that any use of such content violates any of your rights, including privacy rights, publicity rights, moral rights or any other right, including the right to approve the way animalnewsnetwork.org uses such content.
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Jurisdiction This agreement between animalnewsnetwork.org and its users will be governed and interpreted under the laws of the state of Maryland. Cecil County, Maryland District Court has jurisdiction in any dispute arising from this agreement. In the event that any provision of this agreement is found to be in conflict with the law, such provision shall be restated to reflect the original intent, and all other terms and conditions shall remain in full force and effect.
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