1.    USE OF WEBSITE

These terms and of use (“Terms of Use“) (together with the documents referred to in it) illustrate the terms on which you may use our site, whether as a guest or as a registered user. Please read these Terms of Use carefully before you start to use the site. By using our site, you indicate that you accept these Terms of Use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use, please refrain from using our site.

Additional terms may apply to particular services offered by us (“Additional Terms“). These Additional Terms will be set out at the point of access to the relevant service. If there is any inconsistency between the Additional Terms for a particular service and the Terms of Use, the Additional Terms will prevail.

2.    REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY FEATURES

Our site may, from time to time, provide you with certain interactive community features, provided by third party companies (such as Facebook, Disqus or Twitter, etc.), which enable you to upload and share comments. Before you will be able to use these community features and upload your comments, you may need to register with one (or more) of third party companies and each time you use those community features, you will need to be logged into your account with the said third party. We will do our best to make it clear on our site when community features are provided by these third party companies and not by us.

When you click to register with one of these third party companies, you may be required to leave our site and enter a third party site and you are registering with and submitting your personal data to another company. These sites have their own terms of use and privacy policies, which may differ from our own. You will need to comply with the terms of use and privacy policies available on the applicable Partner site that you have registered with and we recommend you familiarise yourself with them before you submit your Personal Data and register with that third party company.

Please be aware that we do not control how the personal data you submit to these third party companies on registration is processed, stored or used.

Comments posted on our site form part of your User Content so must comply with the Rules of Acceptable Use set out in these Terms of Use.

3.    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Unless otherwise stated, the content of our site (including without limitation, software, graphics, text, images, designs, compilations, databases, targeting information, and the trademarks, logos, domain names, trade names, service marks, trade identities, any and all copyright material (including source and object code), and all other materials related to our site) (the “Content”) is protected by applicable copyrights, trademark rights, database rights and other proprietary rights. Nothing in these Terms of Use grants you a right or licence to use the Content except as expressly provided in these Terms of Use.

Subject to strict compliance with these Terms of Use, we grant you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, non-commercial, revocable, non-assignable and non-transferrable licence to use our site and to view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages from our site for your own personal use.

4.    YOUR CONTENT

User Content” means material (including without limitation text, images, clips, videos, comments, posts and any underlying material) uploaded, shared or submitted to our site by any user.

Whenever you upload User Content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the Rules of Acceptable Use, set out below. You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those rules and standards, and you indemnify us for any breach of that warranty.

You shall remain the owner of the copyright in any original User Content that you upload, share or submit using our site. The permission you grant to us below is not exclusive. You may continue to use your own User Content in any way, including allowing others to use or exploit it, provided that such use does not interfere with or impair the rights you have granted to us in these Terms of Use.

With respect to User Content that you upload, share or submit to our site, you grant us the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive and fully sub-licensable right and licence to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display your User Content worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form or media (whether now known or invented in the future, which may include other internet sites, mobile, television and/or radio) and you acknowledge that your User Content may be made available with advertising and/or sponsorship.

You agree to waive any moral or similar rights in any jurisdiction that you may have in and to any of the User Content you upload, share or submit, even if the User Content is modified, altered or changed in a way which is not agreeable to you.

When you upload, share or submit User Content using our site you may be making your User Content available to the general public. This means that both non-registered and registered users may be able to view and access your User Content. Please do not upload your User Content if you do not want it to be available to the general public.

You warrant to us that:

           i.        the User Content your upload, share or submit is your own original work and you own the entire right, title and interest in and to the User Content and/or you have all necessary licences, rights, consents and permissions to use, and to authorise us to use the User Content in the manner contemplated by these Terms of Use;

          ii.        no further payments, monies, fees or royalties are or shall become due to any third parties relating to, arising out of, or in connection with our exploitation of your User Content in the manner contemplated by these Terms of Use;

         iii.        any User Content you upload, share or submit using our site complies with the Rules of Acceptable Use set out below; and

         iv.        Your User Content (in whole or in part) does not defame third parties or infringe upon the copyright or other intellectual property rights, or rights of privacy of any third parties.

5.    RULES OF ACCEPTABLE USE

Comments, message boards, personal profiles and any discussion forums or pages of our site where you are capable of posting material (including User Content) are provided for your private and non-commercial use and for the exchange of lawful, relevant, fair and appropriate information, opinions and comment. Use of our site that is inconsistent with those stated purposes is strictly prohibited.

Your use of these forums and our site generally is subject to the following rules which, by your use of the forums and the website, you are deemed to accept (and which amount to a non-exhaustive list of prohibited acts):

You must not:

           i.        use obscene or offensive language or post obscene or offensive User Content;

          ii.        upload, share or submit any User Content which is defamatory, abusive, discriminatory or hateful or which applauds, encourages or entices abuse, discrimination or hate;

         iii.        use our site for any illegal or unlawful purpose. You must comply with these Terms of Use at all times and with all applicable laws and regulations;

         iv.        upload, share or submit any User Content on our site which has been disclosed to you in confidence or which, by its nature, is confidential;

          v.        upload, share or submit any User Content on the website (including contact details, last names, telephone numbers, street addresses or other identifying information of private individuals or public figures) which compromises the privacy or security of anyone other than yourself;

         vi.        upload, share or submit any User Content which may encourage criminal conduct or which may give rise to civil liability, or which is otherwise unlawful;

        vii.        upload, share or submit User Content belonging to any person (or any material where the rights belong to any person) other than yourself without the prior written consent of the owner of it;

       viii.        upload, share or submit User Content where the use by us, or any third party licensed or permitted by us, will give rise to any third party claims;

         ix.        directly or indirectly suggest any endorsement or approval by us of a product, service, content or any belief or opinion expressed within a product or service;

          x.        place any links on our site where those links take users to unlawful material or material that otherwise contravenes these Rules of Acceptable Use;

         xi.        place on our site advertisements nor make commercial solicitations nor use our site for any commercial purposes (which would include using our site to promote or encourage the sale of your goods/services);

        xii.        register or attempt to register as a member of our site unless you are at least 13 years old.

       xiii.        use our site to solicit information from anyone under the age of 18;

       xiv.        impersonate another person or create a false or misleading identity for the purpose of misleading others as to your identity, or to collect information about other users;

        xv.        upload, share or submit User Content containing any spy ware, adware, viruses, corrupt files, worm programmes or other malicious code designed to interrupt, damage or limit the functionality of or disrupt any software, hardware, telecommunications, networks, servers or other equipment, Trojan horse or any other material designed to damage, interfere with, wrongly intercept or expropriate any data or personal information;

       xvi.        alter, adapt, modify, copy or create a derivative work from the Content; or

      xvii.        upload, share or submit any User Content that authorises, enables or encourages the dissemination of junk mail or chain letters.

We accept no responsibility for any statements, material (including User Content) or other submissions placed on our online forums by you or any third party, or for any loss or damage resulting from your breach of these Rules of Acceptable Use.

We reserve the right to edit or remove any material and User Content uploaded, shared or submitted using our site, for any reason whatsoever.

Notwithstanding our rights under these Terms of Use in relation to User Content, we do not undertake to monitor the submission or publication of User Content or users’ use of our site.

6.    LINKING TO OUR WEBSITE

We welcome ‘hot links’ and deep-links to our site, by which we mean that you may include a link to any page of our site on other websites, provided that you do not use such link in any way which would imply partnership, affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship of any service or product or which may bring us or the other affiliated groups into disrepute. You may not display the Content or allow it to be displayed surrounded or framed or otherwise surrounded by material not originating from us without our consent. If you would like to license our material, please emaila member of our editorial staff.

7.    FEEDS TO OTHER WEBSITES/RSS

If you operate your own website, you can display the latest headlines from other websites on your own site using RSS.

We encourage the use feeds as part of your website, provided that the proper format and attribution is used when any of our content appears. We reserve the right to prevent the distribution of content using RSS. We do not accept any liability arising from your use of the feeds or from any inaccuracy or omission in the content or interruption in availability.

  8.  CONTESTS/GIVEAWAYS

Prizes given during promotional contest and/or giveaways are assumed to have zero (0) monetary value.  No refunds or exchanges should be expected.  Movie media prizes which carry an MPAA Rating of R or NC-17 may only be won by contestants over the age of eighteen (18).  Due to media format complications and logistic difficulties, prizes can not be shipped outside of the United States unless otherwise explicitly stated.  If prizes are not delivered within a reasonable time period, winning contestants should contact the Editor-in-Chief to amend the the situation.

9.    COMPLAINTS

We will not view, edit or pre-screen any contribution (including User Content) that is uploaded to our site. Comments, reviews and/or feedback (“Comments”) relating to you, may be published on our site and may be critical or defamatory. We assume no responsibility or liability for any Comments or User Content uploaded or published by users.

We have the right (but not the obligation) at our sole discretion to refuse or remove any Comments, User Content or other material that is uploaded, shared, submitted or posted to the forums or our site without the need to give any reasons for doing so.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, you can report any abuse or complain about any Comments, User Content or other Content on our site by sending an email either our editor-in-chief or one of our managing co-editors outlining the abuse or complaint.

10.    NOTICE AND TAKEDOWN

If you are a rights owner (or acting on behalf of a rights owner) and believe that any User Content infringes your copyright, you must provide us with a written notice by email to our editor-in-chief which states:

           i.        that you are the rights owner or are authorised to act on the rights owner’s behalf;

          ii.        that you have identified User Content on our site which infringes your copyright (or infringes the copyright of a third party on whose behalf you are entitled to act, if applicable) and you believe in good faith that use of the User Content in the manner complained of is not authorised by you, the rights owner’s agent or by law;

         iii.        a description of the copyright work that you claim has been infringed which should include, the type of work (such as a photograph or a video clip) and any relevant further details;

         iv.        a description of the way in which the copyright material has been infringed;

          v.        information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the User Content in question on our site (including a URL specifying the date our site was accessed and/or a screen shot);

         vi.        information that will enable us to contact you, such as your name, a postal address, telephone number and, if available, an email address (these contact details may also be provided to the alleged infringer so that they may contact you directly, in order to attempt to resolve the complaint amicably);

This ‘notice and takedown’ procedure is regulated by statute. There may be negative consequences if you falsely allege User Content is infringing copyright or send a copyright infringement notice to us in bad faith. We recommend that you take legal advice before sending a copyright infringement notice, if you are unsure about your rights in the User Content, or whether there has been an infringement of your rights.

11.TERMINATION AND SUSPENSION

We reserve the right to modify, suspend or discontinue any service offered by us or any part of it (including the availability of any features of or pages on our site) at any time and without notice or liability to you. We are also entitled to suspend or terminate your membership or access to any part of our site at any time if you breach these Terms of Use.

12.DISCLAIMER

You use our site and the services offered by us at you own risk. Our site, the Content, the User Content and other services offered by us are provided “as is” and on an “as available” basis. The content and information displayed on our site is provided without any warranties as to its completeness or accuracy.

We do not guarantee that our site, the Content, the User Content or any services offered by us will always be available or be uninterrupted, timely, secure or free from bugs, viruses, errors and omissions.

13.INDEMNITY

You agree to indemnify us and keep us fully and effectively indemnified from and against all claims, damages, expenses, costs and liabilities (including legal fees) relating to or arising from your use of our site, the Content, the User Content or any services offered by us, or arising from any breach or suspected breach of these Terms of Use by you or your violation of any law or third party rights.

14.VARIATION

We reserve the right to vary these Terms of Use from time to time. Such variations become effective immediately upon the posting of the varied Terms of Use on our site. By continuing to use our site you will be deemed to accept such variations.

Please check our site regularly to ensure you are familiar with the current version of the Terms of Use If you do not accept any of the modifications, revisions or amendments to these Terms of Use, you should stop using our site and the services offered by us immediately.

15.SEVERABILITY

If any term of these Terms of Use is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of these Terms of Use shall remain valid and enforceable.

16.EXCLUSION OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS

These Terms of Use are not intended to benefit or be enforceable by any third party and the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to these Terms of Use.

17.ENTIRE AGREEMENT

These Terms of Use, together with our Privacy Policy, Competition Terms and any Additional Terms, constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our site and supersede all previous agreements in respect of such use.

18.LAW AND JURISDICTION

These Terms of Use will be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland, and any disputes will be subject to the a court of competent jurisdiction within the State of Maryland.