Terms of Service
1.1 This agreement governs your use of the LightroomNews.com information service (the “Service”), including Discussion Areas, which is operated by LightroomNews.com (“LRNews”), an service of Pixel Genius, LLC. (“PG”) an Illinois Limited Liability Company. Additional terms and conditions of use applicable to specific areas of the Service may also be posted in such areas and, together with this agreement, govern your use of those areas. This agreement, together with any such additional terms and conditions, are referred to as this “Agreement.”
1.2 LRNews and PG reserves the right, in its discretion, to change or modify all or any part of this Agreement at any time, effective immediately upon notice published on the Service. Your continued use of the Service constitutes your binding acceptance of these terms and conditions, including any changes or modifications made by LRNews and PG as permitted above. If at any time the terms and conditions of this Agreement are no longer acceptable to you, you should immediately cease all use of the Service.
1.3 The Service is directed to teenagers and adults and is not directed to children under the age of 13. You must be 13 years of age or older to use the Service. LightroomNews.com complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and does not permit registration by and will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 13. By registering for the Service, you represent and warrant that you are 13 years of age or older. Additionally, you must provide true, accurate and complete registration information to become a member of the Service (“Member”). Creating a Member account under automated means or under false or fraudulent pretenses constitutes unauthorized use of the Service and such accounts will be terminated by LRNews and PG.
As part of the registration process, you will be asked to select a username and password and you will be responsible for all activities occurring under your username and for keeping your password secure. We may refuse to grant you a username that impersonates someone else, is or may be protected by trademark or proprietary rights law, or is vulgar, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate, as determined by us in our sole discretion.
By using the Service, you represent and warrant that all registration information you submit is truthful and accurate and you agree to the accuracy of such information. The profile that you compose upon registering for the Service (the “Member Profile”) must describe you, an individual person. Examples of inappropriate profiles include, but are not limited to, profiles that purport to represent an animal, place, inanimate object, fictional character, or real individual who is not you.
2. Use of Content
2.1 You acknowledge that the Service contains information, software, photographs, audio and video clips, graphics, links and other material (collectively, the “Content”) that are protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of LRNews and PG or third parties. All Content on the Service is copyrighted as a collective work of LRNews pursuant to applicable copyright law. You agree to comply with any additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Content available on or accessed through the Service. Users of the Service may use the Content only for their personal, noncommercial use. Businesses, organizations or other legal entities may not become Members and are not permitted to use the Service for any purpose, including but not limited to collecting usernames and /or email addresses of Members by electronic or other means for the purpose of sending unsolicited email and unauthorized framing of or linking to the Service.
2.2 Except as expressly permitted in Section 2.3 of this Agreement, you may not modify, publish, transmit, reproduce, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display, sell, transfer or in any way exploit any of the Content or Material, in whole or in part. Content consisting of downloadable software may not be reverse engineered unless specifically authorized by the owner of the software’s patent and/or copyright.
You may post on the Service any Content owned by you (such as your original statements), Content for which you have received express permission from the owner and Content in the public domain (collectively, the “Material”). You assume all risk and responsibility for determining whether any Material is in the public domain. You hereby grant, transfer and assign to LRNews, PG and its successors, assigns and licensees (collectively, “Licensee”) a fully-paid, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right and license to publish, distribute, reproduce, transmit, use, translate, display, perform, modify, revise, create derivative works of and archive the Material, in any form or media now known or hereafter developed (including without limitation in print, magnetic or electronic form), on any number of occasions in any form, and to sublicense third parties to do any of the foregoing with further right of sublicense (the “License”), without compensation to you. You represent and warrant that you are authorized to grant all rights set forth in the preceding sentence and that the exercise by Licensee of Licensee’s rights under the License, shall not violate any laws, defame or libel any person, invade any person’s right of privacy or publicity or otherwise violate, misappropriate or infringe the rights of any person (including without limit copyright or moral right).
2.3 You may download, copy and make any personal, non-commercial use of the Content and Material and use that is permitted by Sections 107 through 122 of the United States Copyright Act of 1976, as amended (“Copyright Act”) and not prohibited by any section of the Copyright Act or by any other applicable law, rule or regulation; provided, however, that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained in such Content; and provided further that you shall not store electronically any significant portion of any Content.
3. Rules of Conduct
The following is an incomplete list of illegal and prohibited uses of the Service. LRNews and PG may investigate any illegal and/or unauthorized use of the Service, and appropriate legal action may be taken, including without limitation, civil, criminal, and injunctive redress. While utilizing the Service, you may not:
• use the Service for any commercial purpose, to distribute any advertising or solicitation of funds or goods and services, or to solicit users to join competitive online services;
• post on the Service any links to any external Internet sites that are obscene or pornographic, or display pornographic or sexually explicit material of any kind;
• use any robot, spider, site search and/or retrieval application, or other device to retrieve or index any portion of the Service;
• reformat or frame any portion of any web page that is part of the Service;
• post Material containing restricted or password only access pages, or hidden pages or images (those not linked to or from another accessible page);
• submit any Material that falsely implies sponsorship of that Material by the Service and/or PG, or promote any information that you know is false, misleading, or libelous;
• transmit any viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses or other items of a contaminating or destructive nature through the Service;
• submit Material that violates the rights of others, such as Content that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or violates any right of privacy or publicity, or that is libelous or defamatory, or that directs any user, by linking or any other method, to the Material of a third party without the third party’s written consent;
• promote an illegal or unauthorized copy of another person’s copyrighted work, such as providing pirated computer programs or links to them, providing information to circumvent manufacture-installed copy-protect devices, or providing pirated music or links to pirated music files;
• submit Material that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing, threatening unlawful or promotes or encourages illegal activity.
4. Managing Content
LRNews and PG reserves the right to delete, move or edit any Content or Material (including Material posted in any Interactive Area of the Service) that it may determine, in its sole discretion, violates this Agreement or is otherwise unacceptable. However, LRNews and PG does not and cannot review all of the Content and Material posted by users on the Service and is not responsible for such Content or Material. You shall remain solely responsible for all Material. Although LRNews and PG reserves the right to remove any offending Material on the Service, you understand and agree that you nonetheless may be exposed to such Material and that you further waive your right to any damages (from any party) related to such exposure.
Additionally, LRNews and PG shall have the right, but not the obligation, to correct any errors or omissions in any Content, as it may determine in its sole discretion.
5. No Endorsement
5.1 Neither LRNews nor PG represents or endorses the accuracy or reliability of any Content or Material posted on any Interactive Area and you acknowledge that any reliance upon such Content or Material shall be at your sole risk. Any Content placed on any Interactive Area by users represents the views of the user posting the statement, and does not represent the views of LRNews and PG.
5.2 The Service may contain links to sites on the Internet which are owned and operated by third parties (the “External Sites”). You acknowledge that LRNews and PG are not responsible for the availability of, or the content located on or through, any External Site. You should contact the site administrator or Webmaster for those External Sites if you have any concerns regarding such links or the content located on such External Sites.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold LRNews and PG and its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers and licensors (collectively, the “PG Parties”) harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by any LRNews and PG Party in connection with any use or alleged use of the Service under your password by any person, whether or not authorized by you. LRNews and PG reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and in such case, you agree to cooperate with LRNews’s and PG’s defense of such claim.
7. Termination of Service
LRNews and PG reserves the right, in thier sole discretion, to restrict, suspend or terminate your access to all or any part of the Service, including the Discussion Areas, at any time for any reason without prior notice or liability. Conversely, you may terminate your membership of the Service at any time, for any reason, by emailing LRNews and PG using Contact LightroomNews form. Once your membership terminates, you will have no right to use the Service. The terms of this Agreement shall survive any termination of your membership. LRNews and PG may change, suspend or discontinue all or any aspect of the Service at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or Content (including the Discussion Areas), without prior notice or liability.
8. Copyright Policy
You may not post, distribute, perform, display, transmit or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. Without limiting the foregoing, if you believe that your work has been copied and posted on the Service in a way that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement, please email PSNews and PG from the Contact LightroomNews form. After notification to us, you will need to send an additional email with the following information: an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or trademark interest; a description of the copyrighted work or trademark(s) that you claim has been infringed; a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website; your address, telephone number, and email address; a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or trademark owner, its agent, or the law; a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright or trademark owner’s behalf.
9. Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability.
9.1 Neither LRNews, nor PG nor any provider of third party content or their respective agents warrants that the service will be uninterrupted or error free; nor does LRNews nor PG, any third party content provider, or their respective agents make any warranty as to the results to be obtained from use of the service or the content. The service and the content are distributed on an “As is, as available” basis. Neither LRNews nor PG, third party content providers and their respective agents makes any warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to the service, any content or any products or services sold through the service. Neither LRNews nor PG nor any third party content provider warrants that any files available for downloading through the service will be free of viruses or similar contamination or destructive features. You expressly agree that the entire risk as to the quality and performance of the service and the accuracy or completeness of the content is assumed solely by you.
9.2 Neither LRNews nor PG, nor any third party content provider nor their respective agents shall be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages arising out of the use of or inability to use the Service, even if such party has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
9.3 Some states do not allow exclusion of implied warranties or limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. In such states, the liability of LRNews and PG, third party content providers and their respective agents shall be limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.
10. Member Disputes
You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Members of the Service. LRNews and PG reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other Members.
11. Special Admonitions for International Use
As a consequence of the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding user conduct on the Internet and acceptable content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without reference to principles of choice of law. You and LRNews and PG each irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of the federal or state courts located in Chicago, Illinois, the County of Cook (the “Courts”), with respect to any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or related to this Agreement or to the Service (including without limitation any Content or Material) and waive any objection, to venue in any of the Courts for such an action, suit or proceeding (whether based on forum non conveniens or otherwise); additionally, you agree that you will not bring any such action, suit or proceeding in any court other than the Courts. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersedes all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. If any inconsistency exists between the terms of this agreement and any additional terms and conditions posted on the Service, such terms shall be interpreted as to eliminate any inconsistency, if possible, and otherwise, the additional terms and conditions shall control. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect, (i) such provision shall be interpreted in such a manner as to preserve, to the maximum extent possible, the intent of the parties, (ii) the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby, and (iii) such decision shall not affect the validity, legality or enforceability of such provision under other circumstances.
Revised January 31, 2007