1. GENERAL RULES AND DEFINITIONS
1.1 If you choose to use pressherald.com/centralmaine.com (the “Site”), its mobile sites and applications, any of the features of this site, including but not limited to RSS, API, software and other downloads, you will be agreeing to abide by all of the terms and conditions of these Terms of Service between you and MaineToday Media, Inc.
1.2 We may change, add or remove portions of these Terms of Service at any time, which shall become effective immediately upon posting. It is your responsibility to review these Terms of Service prior to each use of the Site and by continuing to use this Site, you agree to any changes.
1.3 We may change, suspend or discontinue any aspect of the Site at any time, including the availability of any feature, database, or content. We may also impose limits on certain features and services or restrict your access to parts or all of the services without notice or liability.
2. CONTENT ON THE SERVICES
2.1 The contents of the services, including the Site, are intended for your personal, noncommercial use. All materials published on the Site (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 MaineToday Media 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 Site.
2.2 The Site and 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 these Terms of Service), create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit, any of the Content or the Site (including software) in whole or in part.
2.3 You may download or copy the Content and other downloadable items displayed on the Site 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. Get permission to publish content from our newspapers or websites by emailing
2.4 The Content of the Site is owned or licensed to MaineToday Media, Inc. Certain Content is furnished by the Associated Press and other syndicates, 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.
3. USER GENERATED CONTENT: SUBMISSIONS INCLUDING COMMENTS, READER REVIEWS AND MORE
3.1 You shall not upload to, or distribute or otherwise publish on to the Site any libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise illegal material.
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.”
Use respectful language. Like any community, the online conversation flourishes 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 Services.
Debate, but don’t attack. In a community full of opinions and preferences, people always disagree. MaineToday Media, Inc. encourages active discussions and welcomes heated debate on the Site, but personal attacks are a direct violation of these Terms of Service and are grounds for immediate and permanent suspension of access to all or part of the Site.
3.2 The Site shall be used only in a noncommercial manner. You shall not, without the express approval of MaineToday Media, Inc., distribute or otherwise publish any material containing any solicitation of funds, advertising or solicitation for goods or services.
3.3 You acknowledge that any submissions you make to the Site (i.e., user-generated content including but not limited to: comments, forum messages, reviews, text, video, audio and photographs, as well as computer code and applications) (each, a “Submission”) may be edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted, and displayed by MaineToday Media, Inc. and you waive any rights you may have in having the material altered or changed in a manner not agreeable to you. Submissions made to the Site may also be included in our RSS feeds, APIs and made available for republishing through other formats.
3.4 You grant MaineToday Media, Inc. a perpetual, nonexclusive, world-wide, royalty free, sub-licensable license to the Submissions, which includes without limitation the right for MaineToday Media, Inc. or any third party it designates, to use, copy, transmit, excerpt, publish, distribute, publicly display, publicly perform, create derivative works of, host, index, cache, tag, encode, modify and adapt (including without limitation the right to adapt to streaming, downloading, broadcast, mobile, digital, thumbnail, scanning or other technologies) in any form or media now known or hereinafter developed, any Submission posted by you on or to the Site or any other Web site owned by MaineToday Media, Inc., including any Submission posted on or to the Site through a third party.
3.5 You are solely responsible for the content of your Submissions. However, while MaineToday Media, Inc. does not and cannot review every Submission and is not responsible for the content of these messages, MaineToday Media, Inc. reserves the right to delete, move, or edit Submissions that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.
3.6 By making a Submission, you are consenting to its display and publication on the Site for related online and offline promotional uses.
4. ACCESS AND AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES AND LINKS
4.1 The Site contains links to other related World Wide Web Internet sites, resources, and advertisers. Since we are 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 MaineToday Media, 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 these Terms of Service or the foregoing representations, warranties and covenants. You shall cooperate as fully as reasonably required in the defense of any such claim. MaineToday Media, Inc. reserves the right, at its own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you.
5.2 MaineToday Media, Inc. does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement, or other information displayed, uploaded, or distributed through the Site 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.
6. REGISTRATION AND SECURITY
6.1 As part of the registration or account creation process, you will create login credentials by selecting a password and providing an e-mail address. You also have to give us certain registration information, all of which must be accurate and updated.
Each registration is for a single user only. You are not allowed to share your registration login credentials or give your login credentials to anyone else. We may cancel or suspend your access to the Site if you share your login credentials. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, which you will not have to reveal to any representative or agent of MaineToday Media, Inc. You may not (i) select or use the login credentials of another person with the intent to impersonate that person; (ii) use login credentials in which another person has rights without such person’s authorization; or (iii) use login credentials that we, in our sole discretion, deem offensive. Failure to comply with the foregoing shall constitute a breach of these Terms of Service, which may result in immediate suspense or termination of your account.
6.2 Please notify [email protected] of any known or suspected unauthorized use(s) of your account, or any known or suspected breach of security, including loss, theft, or unauthorized disclosure of your password or credit card information.
6.3 You must be 13 years or older to subscribe to all parts of the Site.
6.4 You are responsible for all usage or activity on your pressherald.com/ centralmaine.com account, including use of the account by any third party authorized by you to use your login credentials. Any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity may be grounds for termination of your account, at our sole discretion, and we may refer you to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
7. FEES AND PAYMENTS
7.1. We reserve the right at any time to charge fees for access to portions of the Site. However, in no event will you be charged for access to the Site unless we obtain your prior agreement to pay such charges. Thus, if at any time we require a fee for portions of the Site that are now free, we will give you advance notice of such fees. You may cancel your account at any time. All new fees, if any, will be posted prominently on the Site and in other appropriate locations on the Site. 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 digital products or services offered for sale through the Site by us 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 Site through your account.
8. COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN MAINETODAY MEDIA, INC. AND USERS
8.1 MaineToday Media, Inc. reserves the right to send electronic mail to you for the purpose of informing you about our products and services including subscription benefits and promotional opportunities.
8.3 MaineToday Media, Inc. may contact you via e-mail regarding your participation in user surveys, asking for feedback on current Services or prospective products and services. This information will be used to improve the Services and better understand our users, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.
10.1 You may terminate your account at any time by calling Customer Support at 207.791.6000 or by e-mail mailto:[email protected] Upon termination, you will receive an automated confirmation via e-mail that the cancellation was processed, and your access will be suspended within 24 hours.
10.2 MaineToday Media, Inc. may, in its sole discretion, terminate or suspend your access to all or part of the Site for any reason, including, without limitation, breach or assignment of these Terms of Service.
11.1 These Terms of Service have been made in and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with Maine law.
11.3 Correspondence should be sent to [email protected]
11.4 You agree to report any copyright violations of the Terms of Service to MaineToday Media, Inc. as soon as you become aware of them. In the event you have a claim of copyright infringement with respect to material that is contained in the Site, please notify [email protected] (Please direct all general questions to [email protected])
12. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN MAINETODAY MEDIA, INC AND ITS USERS
12.3 MaineToday Media, Inc. may contact you via e-mail regarding your participation in user surveys, asking for feedback on current Services or prospective products and services. This information will be used to improve the Services and better understand our users, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.