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Terms of Use

TERMS OF USE

 

Your use of Online News & Advertising, LLC websites (the “Site”(s)) or the products or services offered on those Sites (collectively, the “Services”) is subject to these Terms of Use (the “Terms” or “TOS”). By using the Services, you agree to be bound by all of the Terms. I. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS Online News & Advertising, LLC, and its parents and affiliates, and managers, employees, agents, provides its User Portals, including its websites, forums, message boards, comment lines, photos, videos, blogs, and information submission portals as services to you, the visitor, based on its Terms outlined here. The latest Terms Of Service can always be found on BladenOnline.com.

We may modify these Terms at any time without notice to you by posting revised Terms on our Sites. Your use of our Sites constitutes your binding acceptance of these Terms, including any modifications that we make. You may not assign your rights or obligations under this Agreement.

 Some of the Services may be subject to additional posted conditions. Your use of those Services is subject to those conditions, which are incorporated into these Terms by reference. In the event of an inconsistency between these Terms and any additional posted conditions, the provisions of the additional conditions shall control. When using the Services provided by Online News and Advertising, LLC, you are subject to these Terms.

Usage of the Services on this Site denotes acceptance of the Terms. The TOS may be changed at any time and without direct notice to individual visitors, so it is recommended that you check back with this page at any time you have questions or concerns.

II. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS In order to view messages on this Site without user restrictions, no registration is required or necessary. In order to post messages on and use other advanced services, you must register with BladenOnline.com using a valid email address. Access to some content or archives may require a written request via email or postal mail.

III. CONTENT NOTICE By viewing the Site content, you agree that all content on the Sites and message boards is the responsibility of the person from which the content originated. You agree that neither Online News & Advertising, LLC nor it’s sponsors or affiliates are responsible for any content that you personally post or upload. Online News & Advertising, LLC dba BladenOnline.com does not guarantee the truthfulness, quality or accuracy of its content or any third party content. You agree that while using the Online News and Advertising, LLC Site, you may be exposed to content that is offensive or objectionable, and that you will in no way hold Online News & Advertising, LLC nor its sponsors or affiliates liable in any way, shape, or form for any harm or loss that may come to you or others as a result of this content.

IV. ACCOUNT RESPONSIBILITY Users are solely responsible for protecting their accounts from access by others. You are strongly encouraged to select a hard-to-guess password and not re-use that password on any other sites where it may be read by the owners or administrators of that site. While it is acceptable for users to maintain multiple accounts, Online News and Advertising, LLC can and may track multiple shared accounts from a single or multiple computers as one account in terms of TOS violations. If the TOS are violated severely enough to warrant the banning of one account, all known accounts shared between a single or multiple users who use the same computer may also be banned for the actions of the violating account at the administrators’ discretion. Because of this rule, it is highly recommended that users not share their accounts with others, nor share their computers used to access the Site with others, as the actions of some other person could easily directly impact all known shared message board accounts.

V. PRIVACY AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION Under normal circumstances, Online News and Advertising will not release your provided information to any third party without your consent. However, in certain instances where TOS violations occur (as so determined in Online News & Advertising, LLC’s sole discretion) or potential illegal activities, we reserve the right to forward any and all known information about you and your accounts ISP (including libraries, schools, and places of employment), email service provider, your ISP account owner (if someone else is actually paying for it), and any parties whose intellectual property rights have clearly been infringed by your actions or law enforcement authorities. You certify that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, please do not submit any content to Online News & Advertising, LLC dba BladenOnline. You certify that you have the permission of others who have contributed to or are featured in any of Your Content. If there are any individuals under the age of 18 in any photos, video, or other content that you submit, you must obtain the permission of each such individual’s parent or legal guardian prior to submitting the content.

VI. MEMBER CONDUCT We have the right, but not the obligation, to take any of the following actions in our sole discretion at any time and for any reason without giving you any prior notice: 1) Restrict, suspend, or terminate your access to all or any part of our Services; 2) Change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of our Services; 3) Refuse, move, or remove any material that you submit to our Sites for any reason; 4) Refuse, move, or remove any content that is available on our Sites; 5) Deactivate or delete your account(s) and all related information and files in your account; and 6) Establish general practices and limits concerning use of our Sites. You agree that you will not use the Services to perform the following actions: Offensive Posting Posts or links to other supplied content of a patently offensive nature are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) Using vulgar, profane, or sexually explicit language; 2) Using race, religion, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, handicap, appearance nationality, or gender as a means of insult; 3) Using sexual preference as a term of insult in any way, shape, or form; 4) Using threatening, harassing, defamatory, hate-speech, or libelous language; 5) Posting or requesting links to or material from pornographic, obscene, terrorist or hate-speech websites; 6) Posting links to websites with potentially offensive content without a clear warning; and 7) Descriptions or details about any sexual act or sexual organs. Censor Bypassing Online News & Advertising LLC’s Sites may be monitored for words that are considered vulgar under any context, and these words are not allowed to be posted. Attempting to bypass the censor by misspelling, inserting spaces or symbols, transposing letters, using look-alike symbols, or any other method is not allowed. The only acceptable method of posting one of these vulgar words is to completely obscure it, making it impossible to determine what the word is without context. Additionally, certain words are prohibited from being used in topic titles and user information pages; bypassing the censor to post those words where they are restricted is also disallowed. Flaming (Insulting Other Users) Posts or links to other supplied content clearly insulting other members, individually or as a group, directly or indirectly, are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: Name-calling (“You’ are stupid”, “You are an idiot”) Direct insults (“Get lost”) Offensive orders (“You should kill yourself”) Insinuations (“Are you crazy?”) or insults towards family (“Your mother…”). Trolling (Inciting Flames) Posts or links to other supplied content intended solely to annoy and/or offend other posters by going against the clear nature of a board or topic are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) Provoking other users to respond with flames; 2) Provoking fans of a particular team, system or game, especially on boards dedicated to that team, system or game; 3) Making misleading topic titles; 4) Asking obviously useless questions; and 5) Posting false information as fact. Illegal Activities Posts or links to other supplied content that violate or engage others to violate the law are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, asking for or providing, in any way, shape, or form: 1) Illegal copies of copyrighted software (ROMs, Warez); 2) Methods of circumventing copyright protection (Cracks, No-CD Patches, CD Keys, mod chips); 3) Illegal copies of copyrighted music or other copyrighted content (MP3s, movies, videos, or any other type of media); 4) Reprints of material from other websites or other published works (pay or free); and 5) Methods of cheating in online games. Advertising Posts or links to other supplied content that clearly advertise a service or product are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) Unsolicited commercial or personal website advertisements; 2) For-Sale/For-Trade/For-Auction/Wanted notices; 3) “Make Money Fast” scams, chain letters, and pyramid schemes; and 4) Advertising for another message board. Disruptive Posting Posts or links to other supplied content that disrupt the Site for other users, intentional or not, are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited, to: 1) Message posts, topic titles or links to other supplied content that force browsers to scroll horizontally; 2) Large blank or content-free posts; 3) Posting multiple identical or near-identical messages or topics; 4) Intentionally hard-to-read topic 5) Posting multiple hard-to-read or nonsensical messages in a single or multiple topics; and 6) Posting large ASCII art (except in social topics specifically calling for it). Users may be immediately banned (along with any associated accounts) for: Impersonation Users may be immediately banned (along with any associated accounts) for impersonating other users by creating and/or using an account with a name clearly intended to impersonate, mock, or antagonize another user, or otherwise falsely claiming to be another message board member. Harassment/Stalking/Privacy Continual harassing behavior directed towards a certain individual or group with the intent of creating an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment on the boards, with or without use of explicit or implicit threats is strictly prohibited. Posting private information without permission is also prohibited. Unauthorized Access Accessing or attempting to access any Online News & Advertising’s user account not belonging to the user in question without permission is prohibited. Accessing another user’s account in this manner is grounds for immediate loss of all known accounts Bugs and Exploits Using exploits or tricks in the Online News & Advertising code to gain privileges, access, or abilities not clearly intended by the Site’s design is prohibited. Making exploits public or using them for personal benefit is grounds for immediate loss of all known accounts. Usernames, Profiles, and Forms Violating any of the above rules with a username, any part of the user profile is considered a severe violation. Any other activity that is detrimental to the flow of conversation and normal activities of the Site and its users may also be deleted.

VII. CONTENT OF OUR SITES Our Sites and the Services include a combination of content that we create, that our partners create, and that our users create. All materials published by Online News & Advertising, LLC on our Sites, including, but not limited to written content, photographs, graphics, images, illustrations, marks, logos, sound or video clips, and Flash animation, are protected by our copyrights or trademarks or those of our partners. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, or in any way exploit any of the materials or content on our Sites in whole or in part, and must follow all additional notices or restrictions contained in the Services. If you would like to request permission to use any of the content on our Sites, please contact the local publisher. You are solely responsible for all materials, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, that you upload, post, e-mail, transmit, or otherwise make available on our Sites (“Your Content”). Should you discover that Your Content violates the Terms, you will immediately remove Your Content. You represent and warrant that you own all intellectual property rights in Your Content and that Your Content does not infringe or violate the copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights of any person. You hereby grant us, our affiliates, and our partners a worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, sublicensable license to use, reproduce, create derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, transfer, transmit, distribute, and publish Your Content and subsequent versions of Your Content for promotional and marketing purposes and for the purposes of (i) displaying Your Content on our Sites, (ii) distributing Your Content either electronically or via other media to users seeking to download or otherwise acquire it, and/or (iii) storing Your Content in a remote database accessible by end users, for a charge. This license shall apply to the distribution and the storage of Your Content in any form, medium, or technology now known or later developed, including print publication. You agree to indemnify Online News & Advertising and its parents and affiliates, and their managers, employees, agents and licensors from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees, resulting from any claim brought by any third party relating to Your Content or your breach of these TOS. Our Site contains content that we create as well as content provided by third parties. We do not guarantee the accuracy, the integrity, or the quality of the content on our Sites, and you may not rely on any of this content. Without limitation, we are not responsible for postings by users or third parties. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides certain remedies for copyright owners regarding use of their material on the Internet. If you believe that the Content on this Site infringes your copyright, you may send to Online News & Advertising at bladenonlinesales@gmail.com notice requesting that the material be removed or access to it blocked from this Site. In accordance with the DMCA, your notice should include: (a) an electronic or physical signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the allegedly infringed work; (b) identification and description of the allegedly infringed copyrighted work(s); (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing that is sufficient to allow Company to locate the material on this Site; (d) the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) of the complaining party; (e) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and (f) a statement made under penalty of perjury that the information in the notification is accurate, and that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed. You may be exposed to content that you find offensive, indecent or objectionable or that is inaccurate, and you bear all risks associated with using that content. We have the right, but not the obligation, to remove any content that may, in our sole discretion, violate these Terms or that is otherwise objectionable.

VIII. AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES The Services are provided “as is.” We do not warrant that the Services will be uninterrupted or without error. Users may encounter delays, omissions, interruptions and inaccuracies in the content or other materials available through the Services. We reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions in the Services. We disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including without limitation, those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to the Services or any information or goods that are available or advertised through the Services. We do not guarantee or warrant that the Services or materials that are downloaded from the Services are free and clear of viruses, worms, Trojan Horses or other destructive materials to the Services. We are not liable for any damages or harm resulting from such materials. If you chose to download materials from the Services, you do so solely at your own risk. Online News & Advertising LLC, and its parents and affiliates, managers, employees, agents and licensors are not liable for incidental, indirect, consequential, special, punitive or exemplary damages of any kind, including lost revenues, profits or lost data, in any way related to the Services or for any claim, loss or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions of the Services. The sole and exclusive remedy for any claim against Online News & Advertising LLC shall be limited to the amount you paid, if any, for use of the Services.

IX. THIRD PARTY SITES, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES Our Sites contain links to other Internet sites including sites owned by third parties. Your use of each of those sites is subject to the conditions, if any, that each of those sites has posted. We have no control over sites that are not ours, and we are not responsible for any changes to or content on them. Our inclusion on our Sites of any third-party content or a link to a third-party site is not an endorsement of that content or third-party site. We are not responsible for any third-party products or services that may be linked to the Services or advertised by third-parties on the Services. With the exception of products clearly noted as belonging to Online News & Advertising, LLC, we do not sell, resell, or license any of the products or the services that we review, list, or advertise on our Sites, and we disclaim any responsibility for or liability related to them. Your correspondence or related activities with third parties, including payment transactions and goods-delivery transactions, are solely between you and that third party. You agree that we will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any of your transactions with third parties. Any questions, complaints, or claims related to any product or service should be directed to the appropriate vendor.

X. FEE-BASED SERVICES Some of the Services require you to pay a fee, as described in the specific conditions included where those Services are offered. You agree to pay all fees and charges that you incur. Unless otherwise noted, all currency references are in U.S. dollars. We may, upon notice if required by applicable laws, at any time change the amount of, or basis for determining, any fee or charge, or institute new fees or charges. All fees and charges are payable in accordance with payment terms in effect at the time the fee or the charge becomes payable.

XI. PRIVACY POLICY All of the information that we collect from you, such as registration and credit card information, is subject to our privacy policy, the terms of which are incorporated herein.

XII. GOVERNING LAW This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina. The courts in and around Elizabethtown, North Carolina shall have exclusive jurisdiction and venue concerning any disputes related to these TOS. Privacy Policy We consider your privacy important. We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties without your explicit consent. Please read this Privacy Policy that you may understand how we use and protect your personal information. Overview This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect from you and what may happen with that information. By accepting the Privacy Policy and the End user Terms of Service in the registration process, you expressly consent to our use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the End user Terms of Service. This Privacy Policy is effective upon acceptance of registration for new registering users, and is otherwise effective on September 1, 2014 for all users. 1. Your Personal Information we collect. The primary purpose in collecting your personal information is to provide you with an effective, customized, and safe experience on our marketplace and forum network. Once you give us your personal information, you are not anonymous to us or the specific business entity which you have registered with. Should you choose to use our services, you may be required to provide contact information, mailing information, billing information and other information as indicated on the on-line forms throughout the website. Where possible, we indicate which fields are required and which fields are optional. We use your financial information, including credit card number, credit card billing address, expiration date, checking account name, address, bank routing number and bank account number to verify the accuracy of your name, address, and other information, as well as to bill you for your use of our services. We use data collection devices such as “cookies” on certain pages of our website(s) to help analyze our web page flow, measure promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety. “Cookies” are small files placed on your hard drive that assist us in providing our services. We offer certain features that are only available through the use of a “cookie”. We also use cookies to allow you to enter your password less frequently during a session. Cookies can also help us provide information that is targeted to your interests. Most cookies are “session cookies”, meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end on a session. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may mot be able to use certain features on the Site and you may be required to reenter your password more frequently. You may also encounter “cookies” or other similar devices on certain pages that are placed by third parties. We do not control the use of cookies by third parties. If you choose to post messages in our message area or leave feedback for other users, we will collect that information you provide us. We retain this information to provide customer support and empower users as they use the network. If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities on this website(s), we may collect such information into a file specific for you. 2. Our Use of Your Personal Information. We use the information you give to us to facilitate the services that you request. We use your personal information to: facilitate purchases on the website(s); troubleshoot account problems; collect the purchase of services and upgrade listing packages; inform you about online and offline offers, product, services, and updates; detect and protect against error, fraud and other criminal activity; enforce our user terms and agreement; comply with any government regulation; facilitate use of discussion, chat or forum venues on the website(s); measure consumer interest in our products and services; and as otherwise described to you at the time of information collection. We may compare and review your personal information for errors, omissions and for accuracy. You agree that should you choose to purchase products and services on our website(s) You agree that we may use your personal information to benefit our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze site usage, improve our content, product and services offerings, and customize our website(s) with respect to content, layout and other services. You agree that we may use your information to contact you and deliver information to you, in some cases targeted to your interests, such as targeted banner advertisements, administrative notices, product offerings, and communications relevant to your use of the Site. By accepting the End user Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, you expressly agree to receive this information. 3. Our Disclosure of Your Personal Information. We do not sell or rent any of your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent. The following describes some of the ways in which your personal information may be disclosed in the normal course of business as we provide our users with our services. Internal Service Providers. We may use third parties to help facilitate certain aspects of our business that we provide for you and therefore we may provide some of your personal information directly to these internal service providers. These internal service providers are subject to confidentiality agreements with us and other legal restrictions that prohibit their use of the information we provide them for any other purpose or reason other than the specific service they are providing for us. If you provide additional information to an internal service provider directly, then their use of your personal information is regulated by their applicable privacy policy. Third Party Advertisers We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit www.networkadvertising.org. Due to subpoenas, court orders, government regulations and our rights to defend against legal claims, we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. Although we strive to protect your privacy, we cannot guarantee, nor should you expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private. 4. Knowledge and use of other users™ information. Because our service allows users to freely exchange information with one another, by entering into our End user Terms of Service Agreement, you agree, with respect to other users™ personal information that you obtain through this website(s), that the Company hereby grants to you the right to use such information only for: (a) Company related communications that are not unsolicited commercial messages, and (b) any other purpose that a user expressly agrees to after you tell them the purpose you would like to use it for. Under no circumstances, except as defined in this section, can you disclose information about another user to any third party without the consent of that user. You agree that other users may use your personal information to communicate with you in accordance with this section. You agree to give users an opportunity to remove themselves from your database and review what information you may have collected about them. The Company will not tolerate spam. You are not authorized to add a user or users to your mailing list or other databases without their express consent. 5. Control of your Password. You are responsible for all actions taken with your User ID and password. We recommend that you do not disclose your User ID or password to any third parties. Should you share your User ID and password or your personal information with third parties, you are responsible for all actions taken with your account. We recommend that you review any third party Privacy Policies. If your password has been compromised, you should immediately change your password. If you lose control of your password you may lose control of your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. 6. Removal of Information In our sole discretion, we will comply with requests to remove content if the content is requested to be removed to prevent fraud, assist with any investigations, enforce our policies and comply with any legal requirements as permitted by law. Therefore, you should not expect that all of your personal information will be completely removed from our databases in response to a request. However, such personal information will be deactivated from public and user viewing. 7. Security. Your personal information is stored on servers located in the United States of America. We use a variety of safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft as well as unauthorized access, including encryption, “firewalls” and Secure Socket Layers. However, 100% totally secure and safe protection does not exist on the Internet. 8. Notice of Policy Amendment. We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on this website(s). All amended terms shall automatically be effective after they are initially posted. Please send us your feedback.

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