Pardon all the legalese below, but in order to continue to provide all the current features and possible future uses of our website, prudence suggests we say something like this:
1. GENERAL RULES AND DEFINITIONS
1.1 If you choose to use the Baptiststandard.com service--the online version of The Baptist Standard, owned and published by The Baptist Standard Publishing Co., Inc.,-- (the "Service"), you will be agreeing to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement between you and the Baptist Standard on the Web ("Baptiststandard.com").
1.2 Baptiststandard.com may change, add or remove portions of this Agreement at any time, but if it does so, it will post such changes on the Service, or send them to you via e-mail. It is your responsibility to review this Agreement prior to each use of the Site and by continuing to use this Site, you agree to any changes.
1.3 IF ANY OF THESE RULES OR ANY FUTURE CHANGES ARE UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, YOU MAY CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY SENDING E-MAIL TO:
1.4 Baptiststandard.com may change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Service at any time, including the availability of any Service feature, database, or content. Baptiststandard.com may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the Service without notice or liability.
2. BAPTISTSTANDARD.COM CONTENT AND MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
2.1 The contents of the Baptiststandard.com Internet service are intended for your personal, noncommercial use. All materials published on Baptiststandard.com (including, but not limited to news articles, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips and video clips, also known as the "Content") are protected by copyright, and owned or controlled by the Baptist Standard, Baptiststandard.com, or the party credited as the provider of the Content. You shall abide by all additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any Content accessed through the Service.
2.2 The Service and its Contents are protected by copyright pursuant to U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce (except as provided in Section 2.3 of this Agreement), create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit, any of the Content or the Service (including software) in whole or in part.
2.3 You may download or copy the Content and other downloadable items displayed on the Service for personal use only, provided that you maintain all copyright and other notices contained therein. Copying or storing of any Content for other than personal use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from the Baptist Standard, or the copyright holder identified in the copyright notice contained in the Content.
2.4 Certain Content is furnished by Religion News Service, which will not be liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions in any such Content, or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof, or for any damages arising therefrom.
2.5 Podcasts. Baptiststandard.com's podcasting service (the "Podcast Service") consists of news and information files (the "Podcast Content") that may be downloaded to your computer and/or transferred to your portable MP3 player.
The Podcast Service is available only for private, non-commercial use. Any other uses, including without limitation the incorporation of advertising into or the placement of advertising associated with or targeted towards the Podcast Content, are strictly prohibited. You may not edit or modify or redistribute the Podcast Content or links supplied by Baptiststandard.com.
Ownership: Baptiststandard.com's Podcast Service and the Podcast Content are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. The Baptist Standard Publishing Company, Inc., owns all rights including copyright to the Podcast Content, and to the Baptist Standard logos and trademarks used in connection with the Podcast Service.
Right to Discontinue Podcast Service: Baptiststandard.com reserves the right to discontinue providing any or all of the Podcast Service at any time and to require you to cease displaying, distributing or otherwise using any or all of the Podcast Content for any reason including, without limitation, your violation of any provision of this Member Agreement. The Baptist Standard Publishing Company, Inc., assumes no liability for any of your activities in connection with the Podcast Content and/or the Podcast Service or for your use of the Podcast Content and/or the Podcast Service in connection with your Web site, computer or MP3 player.
3. FORUMS, COMMENTS, DISCUSSIONS AND REVIEWS
3.1 You shall not upload to, or distribute or otherwise publish in blog or article comments or on message boards, chat rooms or forums any libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise illegal material.
3.2 (a)Be courteous. You agree that you will not threaten or verbally abuse other Members, use defamatory language, or deliberately disrupt discussions with repetitive messages, meaningless messages or "spam."
3.2 (b) Use respectful language and stay on subject. Like any community, forums flourish only when our Members feel welcome and safe. You agree not to use language that abuses or discriminates on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual preference, age, region, disability, etc. Hate speech of any kind is grounds for immediate and permanent suspension of access to all or part of the Service. You also agree to stay on the subject of the post.
3.2 (c) Debate, but don't attack. In a community full of opinions and preferences, people always disagree. Baptiststandard.com encourages active discussions and welcomes heated debate in our comments and forums. But personal attacks are a direct violation of this Agreement and are grounds for immediate and permanent suspension of access to all or part of the Service.
3.3 The comments and forums shall be used only in a noncommercial manner. You shall not, without the express approval of Baptiststandard.com, distribute or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, advertising or solicitation for goods or services.
3.4 You are solely responsible for the content of your messages. However, while Baptiststandard.com does not and cannot review every message posted by you on the forums and is not responsible for the content of these messages, Baptiststandard.com reserves the right to delete, move, or edit messages that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.
3.5 You acknowledge that any submissions you make to the Service (e.g. review or commentary) may be edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted, and displayed by Baptiststandard.com and you waive any moral rights you may have in having the material altered or changed in a manner not agreeable to you.
3.6 By submitting a review, you are consenting to its display on the site and for related online and offline promotional uses.
3.7 Any person involved in or affiliated with the production of a work reviewed on Baptiststandard.com may not submit a review for that work or competing works.
4. ACCESS AND AVAILABILITY OF SERVICE AND LINKS
4.1 Baptiststandard.com contains links to other related Internet sites, resources, and sponsors of Baptiststandard.com. Since Baptiststandard.com is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources, or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding any external link to the site administrator or Webmaster of such site.
5. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
5.1 You represent, warrant and covenant (a) that no materials of any kind submitted through your account will (i) violate, plagiarize, or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or proprietary rights; or (ii) contain libelous or otherwise unlawful material; and (b) that you are at least thirteen years old. You hereby indemnify, defend and hold harmless Baptiststandard.com and The Baptist Standard Publishing Co., Inc., and all officers, directors, owners, agents, information providers, affiliates, licensors and licensees (collectively, the "Indemnified Parties") from and against any and all liability and costs, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred by the Indemnified Parties in connection with any claim arising out of any breach by you or any user of your account of this Agreement or the foregoing representations, warranties and covenants. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. Baptiststandard.com reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.
5.2 Neither Baptiststandard.com nor The Baptist Standard Publishing Co., Inc., represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement, or other information displayed, uploaded, or distributed through the Service by any user, information provider or any other person or entity. You acknowledge that any reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement, memorandum, or information shall be at your sole risk. THE SERVICE AND ALL DOWNLOADABLE SOFTWARE ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS WITHOUT 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. YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.
6. REGISTRATION AND SECURITY
6.1 As part of the registration process, you will select a password and a Member ID. You also have to give us certain registration information, all of which must be accurate and updated. (a) You may not (i) select or use a Member ID of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) use a Member ID in which another person has rights without such person's authorization; or (iii) use a Member ID that Baptiststandard.com, in its sole discretion, deems offensive. Failure to comply with the foregoing shall constitute a breach of this Agreement, which may result in immediate termination of your account. (b) You shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, which you will not have to reveal to any representative or agent of Baptiststandard.com.
6.3 You must be 13 years or older to subscribe to the Service; however, persons of all ages may use it. Thus, you may share your password and Member ID with others, subject to Section 6.4.
6.4 You are responsible for all usage or activity on your Baptiststandard.com account, including use of the account by any third party authorized by you to use your Member ID and password. Any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity may be grounds for termination of your account, at Baptiststandard.com's sole discretion, and Baptiststandard.com may refer you to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
7. FEES AND PAYMENTS
7.1. Baptiststandard.com reserves the right at any time to charge fees for access to portions of the Service or the Service as a whole. However, in no event will you be charged for access to the Service unless we obtain your prior agreement to pay such charges. Thus, if at any time Baptiststandard.com requires a fee for portions of the Service that are now free (e.g., a subscription fee), Baptiststandard.com will give you advance notice of such fees and the opportunity to cancel the account before such charges are imposed. All new fees, if any, will be posted on the Service. You shall pay all fees and charges incurred through your account at the rates in effect for the billing period in which such fees and charges are incurred, including, but not limited to charges for any products or services offered for sale through the Service by Baptiststandard.com or by any other vendor or service provider. All fees and charges shall be billed to and paid for by you. You shall pay all applicable taxes relating to use of the Service through your account.
8. COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN BAPTISTSTANDARD.COM AND MEMBERS
8.1 If you indicate on your registration form that you want to receive such information, Baptiststandard.com, its owners and assigns, will allow certain third party vendors to provide you with information about products and services.
8.2 Baptiststandard.com reserves the right to send electronic mail to you for the purpose of informing you of changes or additions to the Service.
8.3 Baptiststandard.com reserves the right to disclose information about your usage and demographics, provided that it will not reveal your personal identity in connection with the disclosure of such information. Advertisers and/or Licensees on our Web site may collect and share information about you only if you indicate your acceptance.
8.4 Baptiststandard.com may contact you via e-mail regarding your participation in user surveys, asking for feedback on the Web site and existing or prospective products and services. This information will be used to improve our web site and better understand our users, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.
9. SOFTWARE LICENSES
9.1 You shall have no rights to the proprietary software and related documentation, or any enhancements or modifications thereto, provided to you in order to access any software provided by the service. You may not sublicense, assign or transfer any licenses granted by Baptiststandard.com, and any attempt at such sublicense, assignment or transfer shall be null and void. You may make one copy of such software for archival purposes only. You may not otherwise copy, distribute, modify, reverse engineer, or create derivative works from any software the Service may provide.
10.1 You may terminate your account at any time by sending e-mail to:
10.2 Baptiststandard.com may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Service for any reason, including, without limitation, breach or assignment of this Agreement.
11.1 This Agreement has been made in and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with Texas law. Any action to enforce this agreement shall be brought in the federal or state courts located in Dallas, Texas.
This Member Agreement was last updated on May 29, 2008.