Topic Island Terms, Policies, Contact Information

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 23:00
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Topic Island Content Policy

 

Topic Island is a free service for communication, self-expression and freedom of speech. We believe Topic Island increases the availability of information, encourages healthy debate, and makes new connections between people possible.

We respect our users’ ownership of and responsibility for the content they choose to share. It is our belief that censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression.

In order to uphold these values, we need to curb abuses that threaten our ability to provide this service and the freedom of expression it encourages. As a result, there are some boundaries on the type of content that can be hosted with Topic Island. The boundaries we’ve defined are those that both comply with legal requirements and that serve to enhance the service as a whole.

Content Boundaries

Our content policies play an important role in maintaining The Blog Farm LLC experience for you, the users. Please respect these guidelines. From time to time, we may change our content policies so please check back here.

PORNOGRAPHY AND OBSCENITY: 

•  Pornography and Obscenity: Image and video content that contains nudity, sexually graphic material, or material that is otherwise deemed explicit by The Blog Farm LLC should be made private. PLEASE be creative when getting emotional or expressive rather than using foul language.  We have a zero tolerance policy with regards to this and comments that contain explicit or less than appropriate language will not be tolerated.

•  Pedophilia, Incest and Bestiality: Users may not publish written, image or video content that promotes pedophilia, incest and bestiality.

•  Commercial Pornography: We do not allow content that exists for the primary purpose of monetizing porn content or driving traffic to a monetized pornography site.

•  Child Pornography: The Blog Farm LLC has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography, and we will terminate and report to the appropriate authorities any user who publishes or distributes child pornography.

HATEFUL CONTENT: Users may not publish material that promotes hate toward groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity.  In other words, don’t be hateful for any reason.  It is possible to have a difference of opinion without being hateful. 

VIOLENT CONTENT: Users may not publish direct threats of violence against any person or group of people.

COPYRIGHT: It is our policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. (ALL POSTS ARE COPYRIGHTED ©2008 Topic Island All rights reserved) Please don’t attempt to use our posts or work without express permission and you probably won’t get reported to your host or even sued, play nice!)

PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION: We do not allow the unauthorized publishing of people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, and driver’s and other license numbers.

IMPERSONATION: We do not allow impersonation of others through our services in a manner that is intended to or does mislead or confuse others.

UNLAWFUL USE OF SERVICES: Our products and services should not be used for unlawful purposes or for promotion of dangerous and illegal activities. Your account may be terminated and you may be reported to the appropriate authorities.

SPAM, MALICIOUS CODES AND VIRUSES: We do not allow spamming or transmitting malware and viruses.  In short, if you wouldn’t want it done to you or your site or to your children do not do it and we won’t have to edit it out or take other appropriate action.

Topic Island Privacy Notice

March 9, 2009

The Blog Farm LLC, Privacy Policy describes how we treat personal information when you use The Blog Farm LLC’s products and services, including information provided when you use Topic Island. In addition, the following describes our privacy practices that are specific to Topic Island.

Personal Information

•  The Blog Farm LLC asks for some personal information when you sign up to use Topic Island, including your email address and a password, which is used to protect your account from unauthorized access.

•  In addition to publishing your weblog posts, you may also provide additional profile information, such as a photo, birthday, location, etc. and can edit your profile at any time on your profile administration page.

•  The Blog Farm LLC servers automatically record information about your use of the service, such as when you use Topic Island and the frequency and size of data transfers. Information displayed or clicked in the Topic Island interface (including UI elements, settings, and other information) is also recorded. If you are logged in we may associate that information with your account.

Uses

•  The Blog Farm LLC stores and maintains your account information and copies of your weblog posts and comments, including drafts, in order to provide the service.

Your choices

•  You can change your Topic Island account settings, including your profile information, at any time in the settings section of Topic Island.

•  If you delete your posts/comments, because of the way we maintain this service, residual copies of your profile information and other information associated with your account may remain on back-up media.

More information

Further information about Topic Island is available on Topic Island static pages.

We do not sell, trade or release your information that you give to us to other companies. However, if you post, comment or list your profile information on our site you are disclosing that yourself and any party that can copy, paste or read can access it just like any other public forum. Clicking on our advertisers or other outside links could redirect you from our site. Once you click on a link that is not part of Topic Island, Topic Island does not assume any responsibility or liability in any way for your information, outcome or experience once your leave our domain.

For more information about our privacy practices or if you have additional questions, please write to us at: admin [at] topicisland [dot] com

 

Topic Island Terms of Service

Welcome to Topic Island! Before you begin using Topic Island, you must read and agree to these Topic Island Terms of Service (Terms of Service) and the following terms and conditions and policies, including any future amendments (collectively, The Agreement):

•  The Blog Farm LLC Terms of ServiceThe Blog Farm LLC’s general terms and conditions on this page.

•  The Blog Farm LLC Privacy PolicyHow we maintain and protect your personal information in Topic Island on this page.

•  Topic Island Content PolicyHow we promote free expression and responsible publishing on this page.

•  Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to these Topic Island Terms of Service, you should periodically review the most up-to-date version here.

The Blog Farm LLC may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise these Terms of Service and policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. If you do not accept and abide by this Agreement, you may not use the Topic Island service. In the event of an inconsistency between the Topic Island Terms of Service and either The Blog Farm LLC’s general Terms of Service or the The Blog Farm LLC Privacy Policy, the Topic Island Terms of Service shall control. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any third-party rights or benefits.

1. Description of Service. Topic Island is a web publishing service, blogging service and sponsored advertiser (the “Service”). You will be responsible for all activities occurring under your username and for keeping your password secure. You understand and agree that the Service is provided to you on an AS IS and AS AVAILABLE basis. The Blog Farm LLC disclaims all responsibility and liability for the availability, timeliness, security or reliability of the Service or any other client software. The Blog Farm LLC also reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Service with or without notice at any time and without any liability to you.

You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to use the Service. The Blog Farm LLC reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time without notice for any reason.

2. Proper Use. You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the Service, for any posts you make, and for any consequences thereof. You agree that you will use the Service in compliance with all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations, including any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence and all United States export control laws.

You agree to abide by the Topic Island Content Policy stated here and the rules and restrictions therein. Although we may attempt to notify you when major changes are made to the Topic Island Content Policy, you should periodically review the most up-to-date version. The Blog Farm LLC may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise the Topic Island Content Policy at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions.

Violation of any of the foregoing, including the Topic Island Content Policy, may result in immediate termination of this Agreement, and may subject you to state and federal penalties and other legal consequences. The Blog Farm LLC reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to investigate your use of the Service in order to (a) determine whether a violation of the Agreement has occurred or (b) comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.

Much of the content of Topic Island.com — including the contents of specific postings — is provided by and is the responsibility of the person or people who made such postings. The Blog Farm LLC does not monitor all the content of Topic Island.com and takes no responsibility for such content. Instead, The Blog Farm LLC merely provides access to such content as a service to you. We will attempt to monitor all posts, ads, comments and to the best of our ability edit as we deem at our sole discretion any content or users that may violate our policies or terms without notification.

By its very nature, Topic Island.com may carry offensive, harmful, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate material, or in some cases, postings that have been mislabeled or are otherwise deceptive. We expect that you will use caution and common sense and exercise proper judgment when using Topic Island.com.

The Blog Farm LLC does not endorse, support, represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any communications posted via the Service or endorse any opinions expressed via the Service. You acknowledge that any reliance on material posted via the Service will be at your own risk. The Service is provided for entertainment purposes only.

3. Privacy. As a condition of using the Service, you agree to the terms of the The Blog Farm LLC Privacy Policy, which may be updated from time to time, as expressed in the most recent version that exists at the time of your use. You agree that The Blog Farm LLC may access or disclose your personal information, including the content of your communications, if The Blog Farm LLC is required to do so in order to comply with any valid legal process or governmental request (such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order), or as otherwise provided in these Terms of Service and the general The Blog Farm LLC Privacy Policy. Personal information collected by The Blog Farm LLC may be stored and processed in the United States.

4. General Practices Regarding Use and Storage. You agree that The Blog Farm LLC 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. The Blog Farm LLC retains the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.

5. Content of the Service. The Blog Farm LLC takes no responsibility for third-party content (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor does The Blog Farm LLC have any obligation to monitor such third-party content. The Blog Farm LLC reserves the right at all times to remove or refuse to distribute any content on the Service, such as content which violates the terms of this Agreement. The Blog Farm LLC also reserves the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as it reasonably believes is necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (b) enforce this Agreement, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, (d) respond to user support requests, or (e) protect the rights, property or safety of The Blog Farm LLC, its users and the public. The Blog Farm LLC will not be responsible or liable for the exercise or non-exercise of its rights under this Agreement.

6. Intellectual Property Rights. The Blog Farm LLC’s Intellectual Property Rights. You acknowledge that The Blog Farm LLC owns all right, title and interest in and to the Service, including all intellectual property rights (the “The Blog Farm LLC Rights”). The Blog Farm LLC Rights are protected by U.S. and international intellectual property laws. Accordingly, you agree that you will not copy, reproduce, alter, modify, or create derivative works from the Service. You also agree that you will not use any robot, spider, other automated device, or manual process to monitor or copy any content from the Service. As described immediately below, The Blog Farm LLC Rights do not include third-party content used as part of the Service, including the content of communications appearing on the Service.

Your Intellectual Property Rights. The Blog Farm LLC claims no ownership or control over any Content submitted, posted or displayed by you on or through The Blog Farm LLC services. You or a third party licensor, as appropriate, retain all patent, trademark and copyright to any Content you submit, post or display on or through The Blog Farm LLC services and you are responsible for protecting those rights, as appropriate. By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through The Blog Farm LLC services which are intended to be available to the members of the public, you grant The Blog Farm LLC a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, publish and distribute such Content on The Blog Farm LLC services for the purpose of displaying and distributing The Blog Farm LLC services. The Blog Farm LLC furthermore reserves the right to refuse to accept, post, display or transmit any Content in its sole discretion.

You represent and warrant that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the rights granted herein to any Content submitted.

You may choose to submit, post, and display any materials on or through the Topic Island service under a public license (e.g. a Creative Commons license), whether by manually marking your materials as such or using Topic Island service tools to do so. For avoidance of doubt, The Blog Farm LLC is not a party to any such public license between you and any third party. Also, for avoidance of doubt, The Blog Farm LLC may choose to exercise the rights granted under (a) the public license or licenses, if any, you apply to your materials or (b) this Agreement.

7. No Resale of the Service. Unless expressly authorized in writing by The Blog Farm LLC, you agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes (a) any portion of the Service, (b) use of the Service, or (c) access to the Service.

8. Publicity. Any use of The Blog Farm LLC’s trade names, trademarks, service marks, logos, domain names, and other distinctive brand features (”Brand Features”), including “Topic Island,” “Topic Island.com,” must be in compliance with this Agreement and in compliance with The Blog Farm LLC’s then current Brand Features use guidelines, and any content contained or referenced therein, which may be found at the following here (or such other URL, owned or operated by The Blog Farm LLC may provide from time to time) must seek and attain permission from The Blog Farm, LLC for use or broadcast specific to each specific use each time.

9. Representations and Warranties. You represent and warrant that (a) all of the information provided by you to The Blog Farm LLC to participate in the Service is correct and current; and (b) you have all necessary right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to perform the acts required of you hereunder.

10. Termination; Suspension. The Blog Farm LLC may, in its sole discretion, at any time and for any reason, terminate the Service, terminate this Agreement, or suspend or terminate your account. In the event of termination, your account will be disabled and you may not be granted access to your account or any files or other content contained in your account although residual copies of information may remain in our system for some time for back-up purposes. Sections 2, 3, 5 – 8, and 10 – 15 of the Agreement, along with applicable provisions of the general Terms of Service (including the section regarding limitation of liability), shall survive expiration or termination.

11. Indemnification. You agree to hold harmless and indemnify The Blog Farm LLC, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, subcontractors and employees from and against any third-party claim arising from or in any way related to your use of the Service, including any liability or expense arising from all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, The Blog Farm LLC will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.

12. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and The Blog Farm LLC and governs your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and The Blog Farm LLC. You also may be subject to additional terms and conditions that may apply when you use or purchase certain other The Blog Farm LLC services, affiliate services, third-party content or third-party software.

13. Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of The Blog Farm LLC to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the Terms of Service is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Terms of Service remain in full force and effect.

14. Statute of Limitations. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising of or related to use of The Blog Farm LLC services or the Terms of Service must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.

15. Choice of Law; Jurisdiction; Forum. These Terms of Service will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions or your actual state or country of residence. Any claims, legal proceeding or litigation arising in connection with the Service will be brought solely in Brown County, Ohio, and you consent to the jurisdiction of such courts.

16. Copyright Information. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. If you believe that your copyright has been infringed on the Service, please contact us at: admin@ topicisland.com for information on how to file or respond to a notice of infringement.

Last but not least, if you are medicated, seriously disturbed, under current medical care, in need of psychological/psychiatric/medical care please continue your therapies/medications/treatments and/or seek professional help.  You can feel free to use this site for information or to share but keep in mind this is an internet site for entertainment purposes only and as such you assume complete responsibility for yourself, your actions and how you react or respond to what is here.  We are not treating anyone and are not liable or responsible for what you do with the information/experiences you get here.  Have fun, share here but at your own risk/reward. Any advice or perceived advice, direction or suggestions of behavior or action are simply proposals of ideas and experiences of the authors and are not to be construed as absolute, necessary, required or anything beyond discussion and entertainment. All posts, comments, articles, advertisers and content on TopicIsland.com are for entertainment purposes only.  Using common sense and/or seeking help from a qualified professional should always be considered your first choice and this blog is not responsible or liable for you literally or figuratively following it’s recommendations, suggestions and/or it’s consequential results.  In other words, we offer a different opinion or speculation regarding an individual’s desire to get a little different and straight from the hip insight on a particular problem.  Sort of like a Dear Abby on steroids; nothing more, nothing less.  What you choose to do with our comments or those of individuals participating in discussions or posting/commenting on posts to your questions/problems are entirely up to you. 

Contact Information

For Advertising rates, please email:

 

admin [at] topicisland [dot] com

Please include a name and phone number as well as a time you can be reached.

 

To send us snail mail: Topic Island, The Blog Farm, LLC

                                   P.O. Box 292

                                   Hamersville, Ohio, 45130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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