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Comment Policy Effective October 20, 2011
We encourage fair comment and discussion about stories at The Elizabethton Star Online but will not tolerate comments which are off topic, abusive, obscene, defamatory, vulgar, threatening or which invade privacy; or are libelous . Offenders will be banned from posting.
We will reject posts that are in all-capital letters, do not contribute to reasoned debate, or that include gross errors of fact. You may suggest removal of any comment you feel violates our policy.
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Copyright Infringement Claims
Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to the designated agent. ALL INQUIRIES NOT RELEVANT TO OR NOT COMPLYING WITH THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE WILL RECEIVE NO RESPONSE.
We do not knowingly permit anyone to post materials on this Site where such posting would violate copyright or other applicable law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) (including 17 USC § 512). The Elizabethton Star. will process and investigate notices of alleged infringement and will take appropriate actions under the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. Upon receipt of notices complying with the DMCA, The Elizabethton Star will act to remove or disable access to any material found to be infringing or found to be the subject of infringing activity and will act to remove or disable access to any reference or link to material or activity that is found to be infringing.
If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide The Elizabethton Star the following information. Please be advised that to be effective, the Notification must include ALL of the following:
- a physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive copyright that is allegedly infringed;
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- 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;
- 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 behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Notices of claimed copyright infringement should be directed to The Elizabethton Star’s designated agent:
The Elizabethton Star
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Elizabethton, TN 37643
(Please include “Notice of Infringement” in the subject line.)
Copyright of citizen blogs featured on starhq.com is held by the individual creators and is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated. By having your blog featured on timesnews.net you are agreeing that you are entirely responsible for all content that you make available through your blog to starhq.com and agree to indemnify The Elizabethton Star as provided below:
You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise have all necessary rights, including but not limited to copyrights, to the content you provide and the rights to use it as provided in this Terms of Service; that all information you provide is true, accurate, current and complete, and does not violate these Terms of Service; and, that the content will not cause injury to any person or entity.
The Citizen Journalism contributions on starhq.com are provided so residents can tell their own stories and photographs. To that end, citizen journalists must prepare their copy within the same legal boundaries as professional journalists and are subject to the same libel laws as professional journalists. There are numerous reference works about libel law in print on the Web that citizen journalists can consult if they have questions.
In general, libel is injury to reputation. The Associated Press libel manual says, “Words, pictures or cartoon that expose a person to public hatred, shame, disgrace or ridicule, or induce an ill opinion of a person are libelous. “Actions for civil libel result mainly in stories that allege crime, fraud, dishonesty, immoral or dishonorable conduct, or stories that defame the subject professionally, causing financial loss either personal or to a business.” There is only one complete and unconditional defense to civil action for libel. That defense is that the facts in the story are provably true.
The AP libel manual also points out:
“The publication of defamatory matter that consists of comment and opinion, as distinguished from fact, with reference to matters of public interest or importance, is covered by the defense of fair comment as long as the facts stated are true.
“Everyone has the right to comment on matters of public interest and concern, provided they do so fairly and with an honest purpose. Such comments or criticism are not libelous, however severe in their terms, unless they are written maliciously.”
We encourage fair comment and discussion about Elizabethton Star stories used on starhq.com.
It’s important for those posting to remember that while comments may be conversational in nature they are subject to the same rules of libel as all other published material. A brief description of libel law is included under the Community journalists subhead in this policy statement.
Posts that are in capital letters, have an inordinate number of errors or have gross errors in fact will be rejected. Posts that are potentially libelous or otherwise inappropriate will be removed.
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Contests and Information
The Elizabethton Star is committed to protecting consumer privacy online. We believe that greater protection of personal privacy on the Web will not only protect consumers, but also increase consumer confidence and ultimately their participation in online activities. We intend to give you as much control as possible over your personal information.
The purpose of our policy is to inform you about the types of information we gather about you when you visit our site(s), how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to correct, the information.
I. Information Which We Collect
We may request that you voluntarily supply us with personal information, including your e-mail address, postal address, home or work telephone number, credit card number (only if you choose to purchase a product online), for purposes such as correspondence, making a purchase, or participating in online contests, surveys or games. If you choose to give us personal information via the Internet that we or our business partners may need — to correspond with you, process an order or provide you with a subscription, for example — it is our intent to let you know how we will use such information.
We may require you to supply us with personal information (demographic information such as average age, income, education, population data, zip codes) during a “registration” process online prior to using certain features of our site. For example, you may be required to register to use chat rooms, forums, to access archival stories, to subscribe to our member newspapers, subscribe to an e-mail version of our site, and to access other features. We use this general information to aggregate information according to demographics, such as gender, geographic location, age, income or a combination of these or other demographics.
II. Use of User Information
We may perform statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior. This allows us to measure relative consumer interest in the various areas of our Web sites for product development purposes. Any information we collect is used for its own internal purposes to improve the content of the Web sites, to enhance users’ experiences when visiting our site(s), to customize the content and/or layout of our pages, and to provide the services required by an individual user. We do not use personal identifying information for any reason that is not disclosed either in this Policy or at the time the information is requested. We never send e-mail to you unless you request a particular service, or consent to being contacted by e-mail. There are instances where you will have the opportunity to subscribe to an e-mail list that will send information about the site or our advertisers to your e-mail address, but this will be done only with your permission and consent
III. Disclosure to Third Parties
IV. Accuracy of User Information
You can also write us at:
The Elizabethton Star, 300 N Sycamore St, Elizabethton, TN 37643
These privacy policies are effective as of Monday, October 10, 2011. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time, and will post any changes to this policy as soon as they go into effect.
V. Security of Information
We use our best efforts to ensure the security of personal information submitted by users. When collecting credit card information for online purchases, we offer secured-server transactions that encrypt your information in transit to thwart someone from intercepting it and misusing it. When we collect other information from our users, it is stored in an area where the general public does not have access to it.
At any time while assessing our site(s), any user while online may “opt-out” of further e-mail contact from us (while still allowing access to our site(s)). For further information about opting-out, contact us at the e-mail addresses, postal addresses or telephone numbers stated above.
VII. Use of Materials
The right to download and store or output the materials in our site(s) is granted for the user’s personal use only, and materials may not be reproduced in any edited form. Any other reproduction, transmission, performance, display or editing of these materials by any means mechanical or electronic without the express written permission of us is strictly prohibited. Users wishing to obtain permission to reprint or reproduce any materials appearing on these sites may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org