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“gossipgirl.com” is an online service operated by ALLOY ENTERTAINMENT, LLC (“ALLOY”) on the World Wide Web of the Internet, consisting of certain services and content provided by ALLOY, its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies and third parties.
(A) This End User Agreement (the “Agreement”), sets forth the terms and conditions that apply to use of gossipgirl.com by each end user thereof (“End User”). By using gossipgirl.com (other than to read this Agreement for the first time), End User agrees to comply with all of the terms and conditions hereof. The right to use gossipgirl.com is personal to End User and is not transferable to any other person or entity. End User shall be responsible for protecting the confidentiality of End User’s password(s), if any. End User shall be fully responsible for the use of gossipgirl.com by any other person it permits to access gossipgirl.com.
(B) ALLOY shall have the right at any time to change or discontinue any aspect or feature of gossipgirl.com, including, but not limited to, content, hours of availability, and equipment needed for access or use.
3. Changed Terms.
ALLOY shall have the right at any time to change or modify the terms and conditions applicable to End User’s use of gossipgirl.com, or any part thereof, or to impose new conditions, including, but not limited to, requiring user registration, adding fees and charges for use. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately upon notice thereof, which may be given by means including, but not limited to, posting on gossipgirl.com, or by electronic or conventional mail, or by any other means by which End User obtains notice thereof. Any use of gossipgirl.com by End User after such notice shall be deemed to constitute acceptance by End User of such changes, modifications or additions, unless the End User notifies ALLOY in writing that it has terminated this Agreement within five (5) business days of receipt by the End User of such notice, in which case the End User’s conduct shall be deemed governed by the Agreement without such changes, modifications or additions.
End User shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining all telephone, computer hardware and other equipment needed for access to and use of gossipgirl.com and all charges related thereto.
5. End User Conduct.
(A) End User shall use gossipgirl.com for non-commercial, lawful purposes only. End User shall not post or transmit through gossipgirl.com any material which violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, which is unlawful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, profane or otherwise objectionable, which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, gives rise to civil liability or otherwise violates any law, or which, without ALLOY’s express prior approval, contains advertising or any solicitation with respect to products or services. Any conduct by an End User that in ALLOY’s discretion restricts or inhibits any other End User from using or enjoying gossipgirl.com will not be permitted. Without limiting the foregoing, prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, (1) distribution of unsolicited chain letters, (2) propagation of computer worms, viruses and other such malicious code, (3) using (directly or indirectly) gossipgirl.com or its computer network to make unauthorized entry to any other machine accessible via gossipgirl.com or its computer network and (4) use of gossipgirl.com to advertise or perform any commercial solicitation, including, but not limited to, the solicitation of users of gossipgirl.com to become users of other on-line services competitive with gossipgirl.com. Without limiting any other rights or remedies of ALLOY, violations of the foregoing may result in removal of violative communications and/or early termination of the End User’s access to gossipgirl.com.
(B) gossipgirl.com contains copyrighted material, trademarks and other proprietary information that may include, but is not limited to, text, software, photos, video, graphics, music and sound, and the entire contents of gossipgirl.com are copyrighted as a collective work under theUnited Statescopyright laws. ALLOY, as between itself and End User, owns a copyright in the selection, coordination, arrangement and enhancement of such content, as well as in the content original to it. End User may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit, any of the content, in whole or in part. Except as otherwise expressly permitted under copyright law, no copying, redistribution, retransmission, publication or commercial or non-commercial exploitation of downloaded material will be permitted without the express permission of ALLOY and the copyright owner. In the event of any permitted copying, redistribution or publication of copyrighted material, no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend or copyright notice shall be made. End User acknowledges that it does not acquire any ownership rights by accessing or otherwise using copyrighted material.
(C) End User shall not upload, post or otherwise make available on gossipgirl.com any material protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right without the express permission of the owner of the copyright, trademark or other proprietary right and the burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright rests with End User. End User shall be solely liable for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission. By submitting material to any public area of gossipgirl.com, End User automatically grants, or warrants that the owner of such material has expressly granted ALLOY the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, edit and distribute such material (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such material. End User also permits any other End User to access, view, store or reproduce the material for that End User’s personal use. Please note that ALLOY does not want to receive confidential information from any End User and any information received will be deemed NOT to be confidential.
(D) From time to time, gossipgirl.com may, at its sole discretion, allow End User to submit certain content including, but not limited to, photos, messages, notes, text, information, music, video, advertisements, listings, or other content (collectively, “User Content”) and make available such User Content on gossipgirl.com. End User understands that, regardless of whether or not such User Content is published or otherwise made available on gossipgirl.com, ALLOY in no way guarantees any confidentiality with respect to any User Content.
End User further agree that End User will not submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless End User is the owner of such rights or has permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant gossipgirl.com all of the license rights granted herein.
End User understands and agrees that gossipgirl.com does not endorse any User Content or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and gossipgirl.com expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Content.
(E) The foregoing provisions of Section 5 are for the benefit of ALLOY, ALLOY parent and affiliated companies and its client companies, third party content providers and licensors and each shall have the right to assert and enforce such provisions directly or on its own behalf.
6. Disclaimer of Warranty; Limitation of Liability.
(A) END USER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT USE OF gossipgirl.com IS AT END USER’S SOLE RISK. NEITHER ALLOY, ALLOY PARENT AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES NOR ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, CLIENT COMPANIES, THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS OR LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY THE “ALLOY PARTIES”) WARRANT THAT gossipgirl.com WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR FREE; NOR DO THEY MAKE ANY WARRANTY AS TO THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM USE OF gossipgirl.com, OR AS TO THE ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR CONTENT OF ANY INFORMATION, SERVICE, OR MERCHANDISE PROVIDED THROUGH gossipgirl.com.
(B) gossipgirl.com IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OTHER THAN THOSE WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED BY AND INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION, RESTRICTION OR MODIFICATION UNDER THE LAWS APPLICABLE TO THIS AGREEMENT.
(C) THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION. END USER SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ALLOY IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER USERS OR THIRD-PARTIES AND THAT THE RISK OF INJURY FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH END USER. END USER SPECIFICALLY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ALLOY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR USER CONTENT OR THE DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE, OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY AND THAT THE RISK OF HARM OR DAMAGE FROM THE FOREGOING RESTS ENTIRELY WITH END USER.
(D) IN NO EVENT WILL ALLOY, THE ALLOY PARTIES, OR ANY PERSON OR ENTITY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING OR DISTRIBUTING gossipgirl.com OR THE gossipgirl.com SOFTWARE, BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE gossipgirl.com. END USER HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ALL CONTENT ON gossipgirl.com.
(E) IN ADDITION TO THE TERMS SET FORTH ABOVE NEITHER, ALLOY, NOR THE ALLOY PARTIES SHALL BE LIABLE REGARDLESS OF THE CAUSE OR DURATION, FOR ANY ERRORS, INACCURACIES, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER DEFECTS IN, OR UNTIMELINESS OR UNAUTHENTICITY OF, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED WITHIN gossipgirl.com, OR FOR ANY DELAY OR INTERRUPTION IN THE TRANSMISSION THEREOF TO THE END USER, OR FOR ANY CLAIMS OR LOSSES ARISING THEREFROM OR OCCASIONED THEREBY. NONE OF THE FOREGOING PARTIES SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY THIRD-PARTY CLAIMS OR LOSSES OF ANY NATURE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOST PROFITS, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AND THE AGGREGATE, TOTAL LIABILITY OF THE ALLOY PARTIES TO ANY END USER FOR ALL DAMAGES, INJURY, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE gossipgirl.com SHALL BE LIMITED TO PROVEN DIRECT DAMAGES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED THE GREATER OF: (A) THE AMOUNT, IF ANY, PAID BY THE END USER IN CONNECTION WITH THE END USER’S USE OF gossipgirl.com AND RETAINED BY ALLOY OR (B) ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100).
(F) SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN LIABILITY OR WARRANTIES SO SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO END USER. In such jurisdictions, ALLOY’s liability is limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.
ALLOY shall have the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the content of gossipgirl.com to determine compliance with this Agreement and any operating rules established by ALLOY and to satisfy any law, regulation or authorized government request. Without limiting the foregoing, ALLOY shall have the right to remove any material that ALLOY, in its sole discretion, finds to be in violation of the provisions hereof or otherwise objectionable.
End User agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless ALLOY, ALLOY parent and affiliated companies and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, arising out of the use of gossipgirl.com by End User, inclusive of any claim that User Content in any way causes damage to a third party, except to the extent such claims and expenses arise directly out of the gross negligence of ALLOY.
Either ALLOY or End User may terminate this Agreement at any time. Without limiting the foregoing, ALLOY shall have the right to immediately terminate any passwords or accounts of End User in the event of any conduct by End User which ALLOY, in its sole discretion, considers to be unacceptable, or in the event of any breach by End User of this Agreement. The provisions of Sections 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 and this Section 9 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
Trademarks appearing on gossipgirl.com are the property of ALLOY, affiliates of ALLOY, or their respective owners.
11. Third Party Content.
ALLOY is a distributor (and not a publisher) of content supplied by third parties and End Users. Accordingly, ALLOY has no more editorial control over such content than does a public library, bookstore, or newsstand. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, End Users or any other user of gossipgirl.com, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and not of ALLOY. Neither ALLOY nor any third-party provider of information guarantees the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any content, nor its merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. (Refer to Section 6 above for the complete provisions governing limitation of liabilities and disclaimers of warranty.) In many instances, the content available through gossipgirl.com represents the opinions and judgments of the respective information provider, End User, or other user not under contract with ALLOY. ALLOY and the ALLOY PARTIES neither endorse nor are responsible for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice or statement made on gossipgirl.com. Under no circumstances will ALLOY or the ALLOY PARTIES be liable for any loss or damage caused by an End User’s reliance on information obtained through gossipgirl.com. It is the responsibility of End User to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other content available through gossipgirl.com.
This Agreement (which hereby incorporates by reference any other provisions applicable to use of gossipgirl.com, including, but not limited to, any supplemental terms governing the use of certain specific material contained in gossipgirl.com and any operating rules for gossipgirl.com established by ALLOY) constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all previous written or oral agreements between the parties with respect to such subject matter. The provisions of this Agreement will be deemed severable, and the unenforceability of any one or more provisions will not affect the enforceability of any other provisions. In addition, if any provision of the Agreement, for any reason, is declared to be unenforceable, the parties will substitute an enforceable provision that, to the maximum extent possible under applicable law, preserves the original intentions and economic positions of the parties. This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State ofNew York, without regard to its conflict of laws rules. No waiver by either party of any breach or default hereunder shall be deemed to be a waiver of any preceding or subsequent breach or default. The section headings used herein are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal import.
14. DMCA Notice.
(A) ALLOY owns, protects and enforces copyrights in its own creative material and respects the copyright properties of others. Materials may be made available on or via gossipgirl.com by third parties not within the control of ALLOY. It is our policy not to permit materials known by us to be infringing to remain on this site. If End User is a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any User Content, or other content, infringes upon End User’s copyrights, End User may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, as amended (the “DMCA”) by providing us with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail): (i) the physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (ii) 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; (iii) identification of the User Content, or other content, 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 the service provider to locate the material; (iv) information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact End User, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address; (v) a statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the User Content, or other content, in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and (vi) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that End User is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
Pursuant to the DMCA 17 U.S.C. 512 (c), ALLOY has designated the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of ALLOY, INC., the parent company of ALLOY, as its agent (“Agent”) for notification of claims of copyright infringement with respect to information residing, at the direction of a user, on the gossipgirl.com Web site. The Agent contact information is: Alloy, Inc. c/o Chief Legal Officer/ General Counsel, 151 W. 26th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001, email: email@example.com.
For purposes of clarification, solely DMCA notices should go to the Agent; all other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should be directed as set forth at the beginning of this Agreement. End User expressly acknowledges that if End User fails to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 14, End User’s DMCA notice may not be valid.
(B) If End User believes that End User’s User Content, or other content, that has been removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that End User has authorization from the actual copyright owner, the copyright owner’s agent, or pursuant to law, to submit, post and make use of such User Content, or other content, End User may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Agent: (i) End User’s physical or electronic signature; (ii) identification of the User Content, or other content, that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the User Content, or other content appeared on gossipgirl.com prior to the point at which such User Content, or other content, was removed or disabled; (iii) a statement that End User has a good faith belief that the User Content, or other content, was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or a misidentification of the User Content, or other content; and (iv) End User’s name, address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address, a statement that End User consents to the jurisdiction of the federal court in New York, New York, and a statement that End User will accept service of process from the party that provided notification of the alleged infringement.
If a counter-notice is received by the Agent, gossipgirl.com may send a copy of such counter-notice to the original complaining party informing such party that it may replace the removed content or cease disabling it in ten (10) business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the content provider, member or user, the removed content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at gossipgirl.com’s sole discretion.
(C) gossipgirl.com suggests that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Please also be aware that there can be penalties for false claims under the DMCA.