USATODAY.com Terms of Service
The USATODAY.com web service (the "Service") contains
material which is derived in whole or in part from USA TODAY and other sources
and is protected by international copyright, trademark and other intellectual
property laws. You may not modify, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post,
transmit or distribute in any way any material from the Service including code
and software. You may download material from the Service for your personal,
non-commercial use only, provided you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary
As part of our Service, USATODAY.com agrees to provide
you with information and other computer services subject to these Terms of Service.
You agree to use our service in accordance with these Terms. Because the Web
is an evolving medium, we may need to change these Terms of Service or impose
new conditions on use of the Service, from time to time, in which case we will
post the revised Terms of Service on the website. By continuing to use USATODAY.com
after we post any such changes, you accept the Terms of Service, as modified.
License to USATODAY.com
By posting messages, uploading files, or otherwise providing any material to
us for display on the Service, you are granting USATODAY.com a royalty-free,
perpetual, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to:
1. Use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, publicly perform
or display any such communication.
2. Sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any of the
foregoing rights granted with respect to the communication.
The foregoing grants shall include the right to exploit
any proprietary rights in such material, including but not limited to rights
under copyright, trademark, service mark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction.
The following policy outlines the way we use and don’t use the information that
you transmit when you visit our website.
When you respond to a request by USATODAY.com for personal
information (for example, your name and e-mail address), we reserve the right
to use the information that you give us and to disclose it to third parties
to provide you with information about products and services. If you do not want
to receive e-mail or other correspondence related to USATODAY.com or other promotions
or products, please indicate your preference when you are asked to provide the
In addition, please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily
disclose personal information online - for example on message boards, through
email, or in chat areas - that information can be seen, collected and used by
Through USATODAY.com you will be introduced to a variety
of third-party vendors and sites. For example, you can review the products offered
by the vendors included in our "Shop.USATODAY.com" section, and there are contests
and sweepstakes operated by third parties in which you can participate. The
privacy polices of these third parties are not under our control. The use of
any information that you may provide to any third party will be governed by
may differ from ours. As well, in some cases these third parties may share the
information that they collect about you with USATODAY.com. If you have any doubts
about the privacy of the information you are providing, you should look for
you are uncertain about the entity to whom you are providing your information,
you should contact that site directly for more information.
To enhance your experience at USATODAY.com, we utilize
a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie.” Cookies are
small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping
purposes. When you re-visit our website, they don’t actually identify you, just
that your computer has visited our site before. By showing how and when guests
use our site, cookies help us track user trends and patterns. They also prevent
you from having to re-enter your preferences on certain areas of our site where
you have entered preference information before.
Some of our business affiliates and advertisers also use
cookies. Again, because we do not control the privacy policies of our business
affiliates, advertisers or any non-USATODAY.com sites to which we may provide
Children's Privacy Statement for USATODAY.com
This children’s privacy statement explains our practices with respect to the
online collection and use of personal information from children under the age
of thirteen, and provides important information on your rights under federal
law with respect to such information.
- We do NOT knowingly collect personally identifiable
information from children under the age of thirteen. We screen users who wish
to provide personal information in order to prevent users under the age of
thirteen from providing such information. If we become aware that we have
inadvertently received personally-identifiable information from a user under
the age of thirteen, we will delete such information from our records. If
we change our practices in the future, we will obtain prior, verifiable parental
consent before collecting any personally identifiable information from children
under the age of thirteen.
- Because we do not collect any personally identifiable
information from children under the age of thirteen, we also do NOT knowingly
distribute such information to third parties.
- We do NOT knowingly allow children under the age of
thirteen to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable
- Because we do not collect any personally identifiable
information from children under the age of thirteen, we do NOT condition the
participation in online activities of a child under thirteen on providing
personally identifiable information.
Questions on Privacy
If you have questions or concerns about the children's privacy statement, the
privacy practices of the USATODAY.com site, or your dealings with USATODAY.com,
please contact us by:
Attn: Marketing Department
1000 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Va. 22229
USATODAY.com has provided links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by
third parties. Neither Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., the owner
of USATODAY.com, or its parent or subsidiary companies nor their affiliates
operate or control in any respect any information, products or services that
third parties may provide on or through USATODAY.com or on a website linked
to by USATODAY.com. The materials in this site and the third-party sites are
provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind either express or implied.
To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, USATODAY.com disclaims
all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties
of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. USATODAY.com does not
warrant that this website or any of its functions will be uninterrupted or error-free,
that defects will be corrected, or that any part of this site, including bulletin
boards, or the servers that make it available, are free of viruses or other
USATODAY.com does not warrant or make any representations
regarding the use or the results of the use of the Service or materials in this
Service, or in third-party sites in terms of their correctness, accuracy, timeliness,
reliability or otherwise. You (and not USATODAY.com) assume the entire cost
of all necessary maintenance, repair or correction.
The Service is provided for informational purposes only,
and is not intended for trading or investing purposes, or for commercial use.
Stock and mutual fund quotes, and related financial news stories may be delayed
at least 20 minutes, as may be required by the stock exchanges and/or the financial
information services. The Service should not be used in any high risk activities
where damage or injury to persons, property, environment, finances or business
may result if an error occurs. You expressly assume all risk for such use.
In addition, the Shop.USATODAY.com section and other sections of the USATODAY.com
site may allow you to purchase many different types of products and services
online that are provided by third parties. USATODAY.com is not responsible for
the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or any other aspect of these
products and services. If you make a purchase from a vendor hosted by Shop.USATODAY.com
or linked to by USATODAY.com, the information obtained during your visit to
those online stores, and the information that you give such as your credit card
number and contact information, is collected by the merchants and not by USATODAY.com.
These merchants may have separate privacy and data collection practices. USATODAY.com
has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. For more
information regarding the merchant, its online store, and its privacy policies,
return to that store's home page and click on its information links or contact
the merchant website directly. You release USATODAY.com and its affiliates from
any damages that you incur, and agree not to assert any claims against them,
arising from your purchase or use of any products or services made available
by third parties through USATODAY.com.
Use of Company Directories
The information contained in any company directories that may be provided on
the USATODAY.com site is provided for business lookup purposes and is not to
be used for marketing or telemarketing applications. This information may not
be copied or redistributed and is provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind.
In no event will USATODAY.com or its suppliers be liable in any way with regard
to such information.
This Service may include a variety of features, such as bulletin boards and
chat rooms, which allow feedback to USATODAY.com and real-time interaction between
users, and other features such as personalized home pages and e-mail services
which allow users to communicate with others. USATODAY.com does not control
the messages, information or files that others may provide through the Service.
It is a condition of your use of the Service that you do not:
- Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying
- Use the Service to post or transmit any unlawful, threatening,
abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent
information of any kind, including without limitation any transmissions constituting
or encouraging conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise
to civil liability or otherwise violate any local, state, national or international
- Use the Service to post or transmit any information,
software or other material which violates or infringes upon the rights of
others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights
or which is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right,
or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission
from the owner or right holder.
- Use the Service to post or transmit any information,
software or other material which contains a virus or other harmful component.
- Use the Service to post, transmit or in any way exploit
any information, software or other material for commercial purposes, or which
You understand that USATODAY.com has no obligation to monitor
any bulletin boards, chat rooms, or other areas of the Service through which
users can supply information or material. However, USATODAY.com reserves the
right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law,
regulation or governmental request, or to refuse to post or to remove any information
or materials, in whole or in part, that in USATODAY.com 's sole discretion are
objectionable or in violation of these Terms of Service.
To use certain features of the Service, such as chat rooms or bulletin boards,
you must register with USATODAY.com on the form provided. You agree (a) to provide
true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted
by the Service's registration form, and (b) to maintain and promptly update
the information you provide to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.
If USATODAY.com has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue,
inaccurate, not current or incomplete, USATODAY.com 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). Our use of any personally identifying information
you provide to us as part of the registration process is governed by the terms
To use certain features of the Service, you will need a username and password,
which you will receive through the Service's registration process. You are responsible
for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are responsible
for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to notify
USATODAY.com immediately of any unauthorized use of your password or account
or any other breach of security, and to ensure that you exit from your account
at the end of each session. USATODAY.com cannot and will not be liable for any
loss or damage arising from your failure to protect your password or account
Limitation of liability
Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall USATODAY.com,
its subsidiary and parent companies or affiliates be liable for any direct,
indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the
use of, or the inability to use, USATODAY.com materials, products, or services,
third party materials, products, or services made available through USATODAY.com,
or any part of the USATODAY.com Service. You specifically acknowledge and agree
that USATODAY.com is not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct
of any user. If you are dissatisfied with any USATODAY.com material, products,
or services, or with any of USATODAY.com 's terms and conditions, your sole
and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the USATODAY.com Service.
USATODAY.com may cancel or terminate your right to use the Service or any part
of the Service at any time without notice. In the event of termination, you
are no longer authorized to access the part of the Service affected by such
cancellation or termination. The restrictions imposed on you with respect to
material downloaded from the Service, and the disclaimers and limitations of
liabilities set forth in these Terms of Service, shall survive.
This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between USATODAY.com and you
with respect to the subject matter contained in this agreement and supersedes
all previous and contemporaneous agreements, proposals and communications, written
oral. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply
when you use the products or services of a third party that are provided through
the Service. In the event of any conflict between any such third party terms
and conditions and these Terms of Service, these Terms of Service shall govern.
This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws
of the State of New York without giving effect to any principles or conflicts
of law. If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void or for any
reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this
agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining