Terms of Service
NewsSpark Terms of Service:
1. Acceptance of Terms
Welcome to NewsSpark’s online public relations and marketing platform and portal (the "Service"). Whether you are acting as a NewsSpark account holder, including on or within the URL NewsSpark.com (an "Account Holder"), or a guest invited by an Account Holder (a "Guest") to publish content or a User who searches for content on the site, post comments or uses it as a resource (a “User”), your use of the Service is subject to these Terms of Service ("TOS"). NewsSpark reserves the right to update and change the TOS from time to time without notice or acceptance by you. The TOS will also be applicable to the use of the Service on a free basis. By using the Service, you signify your irrevocable acceptance of this TOS.
2. Description of Service
NewsSpark gives Account Holders and Guests, depending on the type of account, the ability to publish and host online news in various forms (i.e., news releases, video), as well as journalistic sources and newsrooms to the site (“Publish”). The type and amount of content you may Publish, including Publish frequency and online archiving (i.e., finite or indefinite as long as NewsSpark permits), depends on the type of account you have and your status as an Account Holder or a Guest.
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new NewsSpark tools and resources, shall be subject to the TOS. In order to use the Service, you must obtain access to the World Wide Web, either directly or through devices that access web-based content, and pay any service fees associated with such access. In addition, you must provide all equipment necessary to make such connection to the World Wide Web, including a computer and modem or other access device. You also understand and agree that the Service may at some point include advertisements.
You also understand and agree that the Service may include certain communications from NewsSpark, such as service announcements, administrative messages and a NewsSpark newsletter, and that these communications are considered part of NewsSpark membership and you will not be able to opt out of receiving them. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new NewsSpark properties, shall be subject to the TOS. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interfaces that are provided by NewsSpark for use in accessing the Service.
In order to use the Service, you must have a valid NewsSpark ID. To be an Account Holder with your, you must provide NewsSpark with a credit card, billing and shipping information and other information ("Registration Data"). Account Holders will choose a password and account designation during the Service’s registration process. If you are using the Service as a Guest, you must also go through the registration process and provide the Registration Data requested. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify NewsSpark of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. NewsSpark cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 3. In consideration of use of the Service, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service’s registration form, and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or NewsSpark has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, NewsSpark has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof). If you register to use the Service on a free basis, you will also have to go through the registration process. Users must be 13 years old or older to use the Service.
4. Payment Terms
The credit/debit card that Account Holders provide as part of the Registration Data for paid Service will be used to automatically and immediately reconcile the designated Service fee. All currency references are in U.S. dollars. Please note, unless NewsSpark gives notice to the contrary, the credit/debit card provided will be used to reconcile the designated Service fee, or billed, subsequently on a monthly or annual basis (as selected by the Account Holder) and is non-refundable. Accounts must cancelled for the payment plan to cease, beginning with the next calendar month.
2. Upgrades and Termination
You will have the ability to upgrade or downgrade the Service at any time during your time as an Account Holder. Such upgrade or downgrade will take effect immediately. For any upgrade in package level, the credit card that you provided as part of your Registration Data will automatically be charged a pro-rata amount for the higher level Service. For any downgrade in package level, your account for the Service will be credited a pro-rata amount for the lower level Service, to be redeemed automatically in future billing periods. However, there will be no refunds or credits for partial months of service. The expiration/renewal date of Service will not change. Fees may not be credited towards other Services. All currency references are in U.S. dollars. Please note that downgrading your Service may cause the loss of content and/or features across the site, including newsrooms, and NewsSpark does not accept any liability for such losses.
3. Cancellation and Termination
If you cancel the Service before the end of the term, your cancellation will take effect immediately. After cancellation, you will no longer have Account Holder privileges, including control of your content, and you will lose content across the site, including newsrooms, and all information tied to your account may be deleted by NewsSpark. NewsSpark accepts no liability for such deleted information or content. If you are a Guest, the Account Holder who invites you may request NewsSpark to, and NewsSpark may, terminate your Service at any time and for any reason. If your credit card is invalid for any reason, the Service may be cancelled and all the information contained within deleted permanently. NewsSpark accepts no liability for information that is deleted due to an invalid credit card.
You agree NewsSpark, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, and/or account, and remove and discard any content within the Service (including, but not limited to, your newsroom if you are an Account Holder), for any reason, including and without limitation, the lack of use, or if NewsSpark believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOS. Any contracts, verbal or written or assumed, in conjunction with your deleted account and newsroom (as applicable) and all its parts, at NewsSpark’s discretion, will be terminated as well.
NewsSpark may also in its sole discretion and at any time, discontinue providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this TOS may be effected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that NewsSpark may immediately deactivate or delete your account, as applicable, and all related information and files. NewsSpark reserves the right to bar any further access to such files or the Service. You agree that NewsSpark shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Service. Paid accounts that are terminated will not be refunded.
6. Ownership of Account and Security
You are responsible for maintaining the security of your account, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the account, including those of your Guests. You agree to immediately notify NewsSpark of any unauthorized uses of the account or any other breaches of security. NewsSpark cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage from your failure to comply with this security obligation. You acknowledge and agree that under no circumstances will NewsSpark be liable, in any way, for any acts or omissions by an Account Holder or a Guest, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions.
7. Content and Conduct Rules and Obligations
You understand that all content you Publish, including but not limited to, information, data, text, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, products, services or other materials ("Content") are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that you, and not NewsSpark, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. NewsSpark does not control the Content posted via the Service and, as such, does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content.
You understand that by using the Service, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will NewsSpark be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service. You acknowledge that NewsSpark does not pre-screen Content, but that NewsSpark and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or move any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, NewsSpark and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content. In this regard, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any Content created by NewsSpark or submitted to NewsSpark. You acknowledge and agree that NewsSpark may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the TOS; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of NewsSpark, its users and the public.
You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
Should Content be found or reported to be in violation with, but not limited to, the following terms, it will be in NewsSpark’s sole discretion as to what action should be taken.
You agree that you will not:
(a) upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, libelous, invasive of another's privacy (up to, but not excluding any address, email, phone number, or any other contact information without the written consent of the owner of such information), hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise reasonably objectionable;
(b) harm minors in any way;
(c) impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a NewsSpark official, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
(d) forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;
(e) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements);
(f) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, rights of privacy or publicity, or other proprietary rights of any party;
(g) upload, post, or transmit unsolicited commercial email or "spam." This includes unethical marketing, advertising, or any other practice that is in any way connected with "spam" such as (a) sending mass email to recipients who haven't requested email from you or with a fake return address, (b) promoting a site with inappropriate links, titles, descriptions, or (c) promoting your site or business or anything by posting multiple submissions in public forums that are identical;
(h) upload, post or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
(i) interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;
(j) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, including, but not limited to, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), any rules of any national or other securities exchange, including without limitation, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (ASE) or the NASDAQ, and any regulations having the force of law;
(k) "stalk" or otherwise harass another;
(l) promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities, promote physical harm or injury against any group or individual, or promote any act of cruelty to animals. This may include, without limitation, providing instructions on how to assemble bombs, grenades and other weapons or incendiary devices;
(m) offer for sale or sell any item, good or service that (a) violates any applicable federal, state, or local law or regulation, (b) you do not have full power and authority under all relevant laws and regulations to offer and sell, including all necessary licenses and authorizations, or (c) NewsSpark determines, in its sole discretion, is inappropriate for sale through the Service provided by NewsSpark;
(n) use the Service as a forwarding service to another website;
(o) exceed the scope of the Service that you have signed up for; for example, accessing and using the tools that you do not have a right to use, or deleting, adding to, or otherwise changing other peoples comments or content as a Guest. If any user is reported to be in violation with the letter or spirit of these terms, NewsSpark retains the right to terminate such account at any time without further warning.
8. Additional Software
With respect to any additional software or web-based functionality that may be made available by NewsSpark in connection with the Service, if you elect to download or access such additional software or functionality, you understand that you may have to agree to additional terms and conditions before you use such software or functionality.
9. International Use
Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct 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.
10. Content Submitted
NewsSpark does not claim ownership of the Content you Publish to the NewsSpark site. By submitting Content to NewsSpark for inclusion in the NewsSpark site, you grant NewsSpark a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your Content on NewsSpark’s Internet properties, partners or affiliates. This license exists only for as long as you continue to be a NewsSpark Account Holder and shall be terminated at the time your account is terminated, though, you accept and authorize that due to the viral nature of the World Wide Web and archiving of web-based information by search engines and NewsSpark partners or affiliates, your Content may continue to exist and proliferate in some form both online and offline.
You acknowledge that NewsSpark does not pre-screen Content, but that NewsSpark and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or remove any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, NewsSpark and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise reasonably objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.
The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because NewsSpark has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that NewsSpark is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that NewsSpark shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.
You agree to indemnify and hold NewsSpark, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your Content, your use of the Service, your Guests activities, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another, whether you are a registered Account Holder, Guest or User or not. You are solely responsible for your actions when using the Service, including, but not limited to, costs incurred for Internet access.
13. Resale of Service
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service without the express permission by NewsSpark.
14. General Practices Regarding Use and Storage
You acknowledge that NewsSpark may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service and may modify such practices and limits from time to time.
15. Modifications to Service
NewsSpark reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice at any time. You agree that NewsSpark shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
16. NewsSpark's Proprietary Rights
You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software or web-based functionality used in connection with the Service contains proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that Content that may be contained in sponsor advertisements or information presented to you through the Service or advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by NewsSpark or advertisers, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service, in whole or in part.
17. Disclaimer Warranties
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
(a) YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. NEWSSPARK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
(b) NEWSSPARK WILL MAKE REASONABLE EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN THE SERVICE, HOWEVER, NEWSSPARK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS OF DATA, CUSTOMER INFORMATION OR VENDOR DATA, REVENUE, OR OTHER HARM TO BUSINESS ARISING OUT OF DELAYS, MISDELIVERY OR NONDELIVERY OF INFORMATION, RESTRICTION OR LOSS OF ACCESS, BUGS OR OTHER ERRORS, UNAUTHORIZED USE DUE TO YOUR SHARING OF ACCESS TO THE SERVICE, OR OTHER INTERACTION WITH THE SERVICE. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAINTAINING AND BACKING-UP YOUR DATA AND INFORMATION THAT MAY RESIDE ON THE SERVICE. NEWSSPARK DOES NOT WARRANT THAT (i) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE, (iv) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCTS, SERVICES, INFORMATION, OR OTHER MATERIAL PURCHASED OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND (V) ANY ERRORS IN THE SOFTWARE OR WEB-BASED FUNCTIONALITY WILL BE CORRECTED.
(c) ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
(d) NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.
18. Limitation of Liability
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT NEWSSPARK SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF NEWSSPARK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE; (ii) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS, DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (iv) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR (v) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE.
19. Exclusions and Limitations
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 17 AND 18 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
20. U.S. Government Restricted Rights
The materials on the Service are provided with "RESTRICTED RIGHTS." Use, duplication, or disclosure by the U.S. Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in applicable laws and regulations. Use of the materials by the U.S. Government constitutes acknowledgment of NewsSpark's proprietary rights in them.
Notices to you may be made via either the site, email, social media, fax regular mail or phone. The Service may also provide notices of changes to the TOS or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices to you generally on the Service. The TOS and the relationship between you and NewsSpark shall be governed by the laws of the State of Oregon without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and NewsSpark agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within Washginton County, Oregon. The failure of NewsSpark to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The TOS constitutes the entire agreement between you and NewsSpark and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and NewsSpark (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the TOS). You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use affiliate or other NewsSpark services, third-party content or third-party software. If any provision of the TOS or incorporated documents are found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the Service or the TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. The section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.
Please report any violations of the TOS to ask at newsspark dot com.