AlterNet Media Terms of Service

Terms of Use (Terms and Conditions)


The following Terms of Use (“Terms”) govern your access to and use of the web and mobile services operated by AlterNet Media, Inc. (“AlterNet”), including (collectively, the “Services”).


All references to “you” or “your,” as applicable, mean the person who accesses or uses the Services, and each of your heirs, assigns, and successors. If you use the Services on behalf of an entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind that entity, your acceptance of the Terms will be deemed an acceptance by that entity, and “you” and “your” herein shall refer to that entity.

1. Changes to These Terms

We reserve the right to change these Terms or to modify any features of the Services at any time. The current version of the Terms will always be posted on Except as explicitly provided in the “Arbitration of Claims” section, by registering for the Services or continuing to use the Services after the posting of such changes, you agree to be bound by the changes. If you object to any changes, your sole recourse shall be to cease using the Services.

2. Privacy Policy

Please review our Privacy Policy [] which also governs your use of the Services, to understand our practices regarding the information we collect about you through the Services. By using the Services, you indicate that you have read and understand our Privacy Policy, including its disclosures regarding collection, use, and disclosure of your information.

3. Affiliate Advertising

We participate in affiliate advertising and allow affiliate links and/or images to be encoded on some of our pages. This means that we may earn a commission when you click on or make purchases via affiliate links and/or images and affiliate partners may use cookies to understand your use of the Services.

4. Registration and Security

You may be asked to register or otherwise provide information about yourself in connection with the Services. When you do so, you agree to provide accurate, current, and complete information about yourself as requested or directed on the Services and to promptly update this information to maintain its accuracy. AlterNet has the right to suspend or terminate any account or other registration and to refuse any and all current or future use of the Services in its sole discretion if it suspects that such information is inaccurate or incomplete. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any password and username (the “Login Credentials”) you are given or select in connection with the Services, and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to immediately notify AlterNet if you become aware of any unauthorized use of your password or username or any other breach of security.

Each registration is for one user only. You may not share your Login Credentials with another person, and you may not use the Login Credentials of anyone else. We may cancel your or suspend your access to the Services if you do so.

You must be 18 years or older to register for any parts of the Services.

5. Use of the Services and Compliance with Applicable Laws

When you access or use the Services, you are required to comply with all applicable laws (including intellectual property laws) and any other conditions or restrictions in any written or online notice from AlterNet (including these Terms). As a condition of your access and use of the Services, you agree that you will not use the Services for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms or any other applicable notice.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you agree not to:

Impersonate any person or entity or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person or entity;

Interfere with any other users’ rights to privacy and publicity, including by harvesting or collecting information from or about users;

Access or tamper with non-public areas of the Services, our computer systems, or the systems of our technical providers;

Access or search the Services by any means other than the currently available, published interfaces that we provide, such as through “robots” and “spiders.”;

Forge any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any email or posting, or in any way use the Services to send altered, deceptive, or false source-identifying information;

Interfere with, or disrupt, the access of any user, host, or network, including sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, mail-bombing the Services; or

Upload or otherwise transmit any communication, software, or materials that contain a virus or is otherwise harmful to AlterNet or its users’ computers or systems;

6. Third-Party Content, Advertisements and Links to Third-Party Websites

The Services may contain third-party-owned content and advertisements (“Third-Party Content”) and links to other websites (“Linked Sites”). AlterNet does not endorse, sponsor, recommend, or otherwise accept responsibility for any Third-Party Content or Linked Sites. You acknowledge that Third-Party Content and Linked Sites are not under the control of AlterNet, and AlterNet is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of the Third-Party Content or Linked Sites.

7. User Submissions

The Services may offer features that allow users to post content and communicate with others. This content may include text, images, photographs, audio, video, or material in any other form (collectively, “User Submissions”). By submitting any User Submission on, to, or through the Services, you understand and agree that:

A. You will not post content that:

1.infringes on the rights (including copyright, trademark, patent, and other intellectual property rights and rights of privacy and publicity) of any third party; false, misleading, libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive, hateful, or sexually-explicit;

3.degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, orientation, or identity, disability, or other classification;

4.contains epithets or other language or material intended to intimidate or to incite violence; or

5.violates any applicable local, state, national, or international law.

B. You may only submit User Submissions that are original to you and that you have the right to post. You must obtain all necessary permission from any individuals identified in or implicated by your submission (including those shown in photographic content), and, in the case of minors, also from their parents or legal guardians, as appropriate.

C. AlterNet is not responsible for any content posted by third parties and has no obligation to monitor the content posted. Nevertheless, AlterNet may monitor or review any User Submission as it chooses and reserves the right to remove, terminate access to, reject, restrict, or revise content that it deems inappropriate or otherwise objectionable for any reason whatsoever at any time, without prior notice and in AlterNet’s sole discretion, for any or no reason, without seeking consent. AlterNet is not obligated to publish or use your User Submissions.

D. Except with our prior written consent, you may make User Submissions only for non-commercial purposes. You may not solicit funds, promote commercial entities, or otherwise engage in commercial activity in the content you post.

E. You use and/or rely on any information provided by
other users at your own risk. AlterNet is not in any manner endorsing the content that users post and cannot and will not vouch for its reliability.

F. You are giving AlterNet the worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, transferable, and fully sublicensable right and license to display, distribute, reproduce, transmit, publish, perform, translate, edit, adapt, remove, modify, create derivative works from, make, sell, offer for sale, export, and otherwise use and exploit such User Submissions in whole or in part, including in combination with your name, likeness, or other material, in its sole discretion, including but not limited to on the Services, in any affiliated publications, and in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional and marketing purposes. You hereby waive any moral rights you may have in such User Submissions.

G. You are over the age of 18.

8. Intellectual Property

A. Copyright. The Services (including, but not limited to, text, images, photographs, graphics, user interface, screen shots, video and audio content, designs, and computer code, and the selection, coordination, and arrangement of such content) are protected…

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