Use of the Service
You may use this Service solely for personal and non-commercial purposes. That is to say: You can’t use the Service to make a living unless you enter into a separate agreement with us that says you can.
Keep in mind that all applicable laws, rules and regulations and any agreements or terms with third parties to which you are subject still apply. If you want to use the Service in any other manner, you are required to obtain a separate agreement between you and WhatcomTalk.com or our prior written consent.
In order to comprehensively cover the community, the Service contains information on businesses, establishments, public services and other third parties, as well as news, feature stories, images, video, audio and other materials. The Service may provide you with other ways to access and use such information and materials—for instance, we give you the option to receive our emails and bookmark our items in other social networking services.
The Service and any information, product or service made available through the Service are provided on an “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” basis. You agree that you will not hold WhatcomTalk.com responsible or liable for timeliness, removal of information, failure to store information, inaccuracy of information, or improper delivery of information. If you think something looks incorrect, please let us know.
WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN ANY DATA OR INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE SERVICE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY DATA OR INFORMATION THAT IS CONTRIBUTED TO THE SERVICE BY THIRD PARTIES. WHILE WE USE WHAT WE BELIEVE ARE REASONABLE EFFORTS TO MAKE YOUR ACCESS AND USE OF THE SERVICE SAFE, WE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE OR ITS SERVERS OR ANY DATA OR INFORMATION ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
We want everyone to enjoy WhatcomTalk.com, so you may use the Service without registration (i.e., signing up with a email address and password). However, in order to access some aspects of the Service, you will need to register for an account. Your account is for your sole, personal use. You may not allow others to use your account and you may not assign or otherwise transfer your account to any other person or entity. (If another person or entity wants an account, they can easily sign up themselves.) WhatcomTalk.com believes in transparency, and we ask that all your registration information be truthful.
Your License to WhatcomTalk.com
In addition, if you provide any request, suggestion, or feedback to us regarding the functionality and performance of the Service or any other product or service made available through the Service (including identifying potential errors and improvements), you hereby assign to WhatcomTalk.com all right, title, and interest in and to such request, suggestion, or feedback, and WhatcomTalk.com will have the right to use, implement, and modify such request, suggestion, or feedback without any payment or restriction. To the extent any of the foregoing rights cannot be assigned to us, you hereby grant to us a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable right and license to use, display, reproduce, publish, distribute, archive, modify, integrate and/or translate your request, suggestion, and feedback, in whole or in part, in any media now known or developed in the future. This assignment and license will allow us to use your feedback to improve the Service and maintain our ownership and control of the Service.
IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO ASSIGN OR LICENSE YOUR REQUESTS, SUGGESTIONS, AND FEEDBACK TO US AS DESCRIBED IN THIS PARAGRAPH, DO NOT PROVIDE US WITH ANY REQUEST, SUGGESTION, OR FEEDBACK.
You represent and warrant that you have all legal, moral and other rights that may be necessary to grant us the licenses described in the preceding paragraphs. You agree that you will not make any claims against us based on any allegations that any activities or alleged omissions within the Service, whether or not by or condoned by us, infringe any intellectual property rights associated with your Content. You acknowledge and agree that we have the right (but not obligation), in our sole discretion, to refuse to publish or to remove or block access to any Content you submit or provide to the Service at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. You agree that WhatcomTalk.com has no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any Content and other communications maintained by the Service. WhatcomTalk.com retains the right to create limits on use and storage at its sole discretion and at any time, with or without notice.
Acceptable Use Policy
Communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, WhatcomTalk.com expects all of its users to be respectful of others. If you notice any violation of this Acceptable Use Policy or other unacceptable behavior by any user, please report it to submit@WhatcomTalk.com.
You are solely responsible for the Content that you post on the Service or transmit to other users. By using the Service, you agree that you will not hold WhatcomTalk.com responsible or liable for any Content from other users that you access on the Service.
While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, there are some types of Content that we simply can’t allow on WhatcomTalk.com. We’ll go over some of the prohibited items below, but these are merely examples and the list is not intended to be exhaustive.
We understand that everyone has different opinions, but WhatcomTalk.com will make the sole determination as to whether Content is acceptable for the Service. Without limitation, you agree that you will not post or transmit to other users anything that contains Content that:
- is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive or objectionable or otherwise intended to interfere with the use or enjoyment of the Services by others;
- infringes or violates another party’s intellectual property rights (such as music, videos, photos or other materials for which you do not have written authority from the owner of such materials to post on the Service);
- violates any party’s right of publicity or right of privacy;
- is threatening, harmful, harassing or that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual;
- promotes or encourages violence;
- is inaccurate, incomplete, false or misleading in any way;
- is illegal or promotes any illegal activities;
- promotes illegal or unauthorized copying of another person’s copyrighted work or links to them or providing information to circumvent security measures;
- contains “masked” profanity (e.g., F@&#);
- contains a virus, corrupted data, Trojan horse, bot keystroke logger, worm, time bomb, cancelbot or any other computer code, files, programs or programming routines designed or intended to damage, interfere with, intercept, mine, scrape, or expropriate any system, data, or personal information relating to the Service or any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or
- contains any advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes,” or any other form of solicitation.
We do our best to keep tabs on what is posted on the site, but WhatcomTalk.com is under no obligation to screen or monitor Content. We may review Content from time to time at our sole discretion to determine compliance with this Acceptable Use Policy. WhatcomTalk.com will make all determinations as to what Content is appropriate at its sole discretion. We may include, edit or remove any Content at any time without notice.
Variety is the spice of digital life, so understand that when using the Service, you will be exposed to Content from a variety of sources and that WhatcomTalk.com is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such Content. And just like when you visit any Internet site, by using WhatcomTalk.com you acknowledge that you may be exposed to Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent or objectionable. If you object to this possibility, you should not use the Service.
Termination of Access
WhatcomTalk.com encourages networking and the exchange of ideas. In order to provide you with as much relevant information as possible, the Service may contain links to other web sites not maintained by us. The links may include listings that provide you with further information, or links that have been included in materials uploaded to the Service by a party other than WhatcomTalk.com. Be aware when you leave our Service and read the terms and conditions and privacy statements of each and every web site you visit. We are not responsible for the practices or the content of such other web sites or services
and we will not in any manner be liable for or responsible for any of your dealings or interaction with third parties. Despite any links that might exist on the Service, we do not endorse and are not affiliated with such third parties.
Our Proprietary Rights
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT:
(a) YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE AND ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WhatcomTalk.com EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
(b) WhatcomTalk.com DOES NOT WARRANT THAT (i) THE SERVICE OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, ACCURATE, RELIABLE, ERROR-FREE, VIRUS-FREE, OR OF ANY QUALITY; (iii) THE QUALITY OF ANY PRODUCT, SERVICE, DATA, OR OTHER INFORMATION PURCHASED, ACCESSED, OR OBTAINED BY YOU THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR EXPECTIONS; OR (iv) ANY ERROR IN THE SERVICE OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED.
(c) IF YOU DOWNLOAD OR OBTAIN ANY CONTENT THROUGH THE SERVICE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR
COMPUTER SYSTEM OR OTHER DEVICE OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY MATERIAL THROUGH THE SERVICE.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT WhatcomTalk.com WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF WhatcomTalk.com HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM
(a) THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE;
(b) THE COST OF OBTAINING SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY DATA, INFORMATION, PRODUCT, OR SERVICE PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE;
(c) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR CONTENT, DATA, OR TRANSMISSIONS;
(d) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE OR USING ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE; OR (e) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE OR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE.
Any claims asserted by you in connection with the Service must be asserted in writing to WhatcomTalk.com within one (1) year of the date such claim first arose, or such claim is forever waived by you. Each claim shall be adjudicated individually, and you agree not to combine your claim with the claim of any third party.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice
Materials may be made available via the Service by third parties not within our control. That is to say, we can’t control what other people post. We are under no obligation to, and do not, scan content used in connection with the Service for the inclusion of illegal or impermissible content. However, we respect the copyright interests of others and we are committed to upholding the rights of copyright holders. It is our policy not to permit materials known by us to infringe another party’s copyright to remain on the Service.
If you are a copyright holder, or an agent of a copyright holder, and you believe that any posting, submission or other content infringes upon your copyright, please submit a notification to us. You may do so pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by providing the following to our copyright agent:
- A physical or electronic signature of a copyright owner or an authorized agent of anyone who holds proprietary rights to the material that is allegedly infringed;
- Specific identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;
- Specific identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
- Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;
- 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
- A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Please let us know about copyright issues by sending all DMCA notices to our designated agent as follows:
Attn: Copyright Officer
2962 Limited Lane NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Disclosure of Certain InformationYou agree that in the event we receive a subpoena issued by a court or from a law enforcement or government agency, we shall comply with such subpoenas without your consent or prior notice to you and may disclose your IP address, username, name, IP location, Content or other information in response thereto.