OK, here’s all the legal stuff. Its written by lawyers so it’s quite wordy. Basically it says that we want to keep the site fun and safe for the entire family and in order to do that we have the final determination regarding what appears on the site. You are asked to refrain from posting any objectionable or illegal material on the site. It also states that we are committed to protecting your privacy.
All information, content, services and software displayed on, transmitted through, or used in connection with SouthOCBuzz.com, including, but not limited to, news articles, reviews, directories, guides, text, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips, video, html, source and object code, trademarks, logos, and the like (collectively, the "Content"), as well as its selection and arrangement, is owned by GreKel Enterprises, LLC. ("GreKel"), and its affiliated companies, licensors and suppliers. You may use the Content online only, and solely for your personal, non-commercial use, and you may download or print a single copy of any portion of the Content solely for your personal, non-commercial use, provided you do not remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from such Content. If you operate a Web site and wish to link to SouthOCBuzz.com, you may do so provided you agree to cease such link upon request from SouthOCBuzz.com. No other use is permitted without prior written permission of SouthOCBuzz.com. The permitted use described in this Paragraph is contingent on your compliance at all times with these Terms of Service.
You may not, for example, republish any portion of the Content on any Internet, Intranet or extranet site or incorporate the Content in any database, compilation, archive or cache. You may not distribute any Content to others, whether or not for payment or other consideration, and you may not modify, copy, frame, cache, reproduce, sell, publish, transmit, display or otherwise use any portion of the Content. You may not scrape or otherwise copy our Content without permission. You agree not to decompile, reverse engineer or disassemble any software or other products or processes accessible through SouthOCBuzz.com, not to insert any code or product or manipulate the content of SouthOCBuzz.com in any way that affects the user's experience, and not to use any data mining, data gathering or extraction method.
Requests to use Content for any purpose other than as permitted in these Terms of Service should be directed to webmaster@SouthOCBuzz.com. In certain cases, you may be able to obtain a license to use individual stories that appear on SouthOCBuzz.com through online functionality we have specifically designated (e.g., to e-mail a story to a friend or to purchase a photograph). In such cases, we will indicate the portion of the Content you may license. If you do not see such authorization, you should assume no third party has the right to allow you to use the Content.
SouthOCBuzz.com respects the intellectual property of others and holds no claim to copyrights of content that is owned by a third party or is in the public domain. If you believe your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement or are aware of any infringing material on SouthOCBuzz.com, please contact us at webmaster@SouthOCBuzz.com immediately.
User-Provided Information and Content
By providing information to, communicating with, and/or placing material on, SouthOCBuzz.com, including for example communication during registration, communication on any SouthOCBuzz.com bulletin board, posting any resume or other content, placing any classified advertisement, entering any sweepstakes, etc., you represent and warrant: (1) you own or otherwise have all necessary rights to the content you provide and the rights to use it as provided in this Terms of Service; (2) all information you provide is true, accurate, current and complete, and does not violate these Terms of Service; and, (3) the content will not cause injury to any person or entity. Using a name other than your own legal name is prohibited
For all such information and material, you grant GreKel, its affiliates and related entities, including SouthOCBuzz.com, a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works from such information, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future. Without limiting the generality of the previous sentence, you authorize GreKel to share the information across all GreKel Communications Company affiliated Web sites, to include the information in a searchable format accessible by users of SouthOCBuzz.com and other GreKel Web sites, and to use your name and any other information in connection with its use of the material you provide. You also grant GreKel the right to use any material, information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any communication you send to us for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to developing, manufacturing and marketing products using such information. All rights in this paragraph are granted without the requirement for additional compensation of any sort to you.
Please note SouthOCBuzz.com does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for use or publication, and is not responsible for the similarity of any of its content or programming in any media to materials or ideas transmitted to SouthOCBuzz.com. Should you send any unsolicited materials or ideas, you do so with the understanding no additional consideration of any sort will be provided to you, and you are waiving any claim against SouthOCBuzz.com and its affiliates regarding the use of such materials and ideas, even if material or an idea is used that is substantially similar to the idea you sent.
Transactions and e-commerce on our site
During your visit to our site you may elect to engage in a transaction involving the purchase of a product, other tangible goods and services, or respond to an online advertisement. To serve you most efficiently, credit card transactions and order fulfillment are often handled by a third party processing agent, bank or distribution institution. While in most cases transactions are completed without difficulty, there is no such thing as "perfect security" on the Internet or offline. If you're concerned about online credit card safety, in most cases a telephone number will be made available so you can call us and place your order by phone. SouthOCBuzz.com cannot take responsibility for the success or security of transactions undertaken or processed by third parties. You agree to hold GreKel and SouthOCBuzz.com harmless for the failure of any secure transaction through a third party.
On occasion, a product or service may not be available at the time or the price as it appears in an advertisement. In such event, or in the event a product is listed at an incorrect price or with incorrect information due to typographical error, technology effort, error in the date or length of publication, or error in pricing or product information received from our advertisers or suppliers, you agree SouthOCBuzz.com is not responsible for such errors or discrepancies.
Other Specifics About Interactive Areas (Event listings, community news, photos, automated posting of classified or other advertising, etc.)
SouthOCBuzz.com bulletin boards, chat rooms and other such interactive areas are provided to give users an interesting and stimulating forum to express their opinions and share ideas and information. Given the nature of SouthOCBuzz.com and the volume of messages and postings, SouthOCBuzz.com cannot and does not monitor all of the material posted or transmitted by users and third party information providers. To protect your safety, please use your best judgment when using these forums. We do not recommend divulging personal phone numbers and addresses or other information for yourself or others that can be used to identify or locate you. If you make such disclosures either through postings on the bulletin boards, in classified advertising you place or in other interactive areas, or to third parties in any communication, you do so fully understanding the consequences of such disclosures and with a knowing consent that such information could be used to identify you. SouthOCBuzz.com reserves the right to delete any communications, listing, photo, or ad, at any time, for any reason or in its discretion, but has no obligation to review or remove any such content.
Interactive areas such as event postings, community news, or photos, are intended for the enjoyment of the South Orange County communities. By using these areas of SouthOCBuzz.com, you are participating in a community that is intended for all our users. Therefore, we reserve the right to remove any content posted on our site at any time for any reason. Decisions as to whether content violates any Posting Rule will be made by SouthOCBuzz.com in its discretion after we have actual notice of such posting. Without limiting our right to remove content, we have attempted to provide guidelines to those posting content on our site. When using SouthOCBuzz.com, please do not post material that:
• contains vulgar, profane, abusive, racist or hateful language or expressions, epithets or slurs, text, photographs or illustrations in poor taste, inflammatory attacks of a personal, racial or religious nature.
• is defamatory, threatening, disparaging, grossly inflammatory, false, misleading, fraudulent, inaccurate, unfair, contains gross exaggeration or unsubstantiated claims, violates the privacy rights of any third party, is unreasonably harmful or offensive to any individual, community, association, group or business.
• violates any right of SouthOCBuzz.com or any third party.
• discriminates on the grounds of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability, or refers to such matters in any manner prohibited by law.
• violates or inappropriately encourages the violation of any municipal, state, federal or international law, rule, regulation or ordinance.
• unfairly interferes with any third party's uninterrupted use of SouthOCBuzz.com.
• advertises, promotes or offers to trade any goods or services, except in areas specifically designated for such purpose.
• uploads copyrighted or other proprietary material of any kind on SouthOCBuzz.com without the express permission of the owner of that material.
• uses or attempt to use another's account, password, service or system except as expressly permitted by the Terms of Service.
• uploads or transmits viruses or other harmful, disruptive or destructive files.
• disrupts, interferes with, or otherwise harms or violates the security of SouthOCBuzz.com, or any services, system resources, accounts, passwords, servers or networks connected to or accessible through SouthOCBuzz.com or affiliated or linked sites.
• "flames" any individual or entity (e.g., sends repeated messages related to another user and/or makes derogatory or offensive comments about another individual), or repeats prior posting of the same message under multiple threads or subjects.
WARNING: A VIOLATION OF THE FOREGOING GUIDELINES MAY BE REFERRED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES
Communications with Third Parties through SouthOCBuzz.com
Your dealings or communications through SouthOCBuzz.com with any party other than SouthOCBuzz.com are solely between you and that third party. For example, certain areas of SouthOCBuzz.com may allow you to conduct transactions or purchase goods or services. In most cases, these transactions will be conducted by our third-party partners and vendors. Under no circumstances will SouthOCBuzz.com be liable for any goods, services, resources or content available through such third party dealings or communications, or for any harm related thereto. Please review carefully that third party's policies and practices and make sure you are comfortable with them before you engage in any transaction. Complaints, concerns or questions relating to materials provided by third parties should be forwarded directly to the third party.
During your visit to SouthOCBuzz.com you may link to, or view as part of a frame, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. You may be introduced to, or be able to access, information, Web sites, advertisements, features, contests or sweepstakes offered by other parties. SouthOCBuzz.com is not responsible for the content, actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable terms of service and privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on such a feature or page.
General Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability
While SouthOCBuzz.com uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information, we make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy of the Content and assume no liability or responsibility for any error or omission in the Content. SouthOCBuzz.com does not represent or warrant that use of any Content will not infringe rights of third parties. SouthOCBuzz.com has no responsibility for actions of third parties or for content provided or posted by others.
Use of SouthOCBuzz.com is at your own risk. All content is provided "as is" and "as available." neither GreKel, SouthOCBuzz.com, nor any of their affiliated or related companies, nor any of the employees, agents, content providers or licensors of any of them, makes any representation or warranty of any kind regarding SouthOCBuzz.com, the content, any advertising material, information, products or services available on or through SouthOCBuzz.com, and/or the results that may be obtained from use of SouthOCBuzz.com or such content or services. All express or implied warranties, including without limitation warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, warranties against infringement, and warranties SouthOCBuzz.com will meet your requirements, be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error free, are specifically disclaimed. SouthOCBuzz.com and its affiliates are not responsible or liable for content posted by third parties, actions of any third party, or for any damage to, or virus that may infect, your computer equipment or other property.
SouthOCBuzz.com contains facts, views, opinions, statements and recommendations of third party individuals and organizations. SouthOCBuzz.com does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information displayed, uploaded or distributed through the SouthOCBuzz.com. any reliance upon any such opinion, advice, statement or information is at your sole risk.
In no event shall SouthOCBuzz.com or its affiliates, employees, agents, content providers or licensors be liable for any indirect, consequential, special, incidental or punitive damages including, without limitation, damages related to unauthorized access to or alteration of your transmissions or data, the content or any errors or omissions in the content, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. In no event shall SouthOCBuzz.com or its affiliates, employees, agents, content providers or licensors be liable for any amount for direct damages in excess of $100.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless, SouthOCBuzz.com and GreKel, and affiliated companies, and each of their respective partners, suppliers, licensors, officers, directors, shareholders, employees, representatives, contractors and agents, from any and all claims (including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, trade disparagement, privacy and intellectual property infringement) and damages (including attorneys' fees and court costs) arising from or relating to any allegation regarding: (1) your use of SouthOCBuzz.com; (2) SouthOCBuzz.com's use of any content or information you provide, as long as such use is not inconsistent with this agreement; (3) information or material posted or transmitted through your membership account, even if not posted by you; and, (4) any violation of this agreement by you.
SouthOCBuzz.com is controlled, operated and administered by SouthOCBuzz.com from its offices within the United States. SouthOCBuzz.com makes no representation that materials or Content available through SouthOCBuzz.com are appropriate or available for use outside the United States and access to them from territories where their contents are illegal is prohibited. You may not use SouthOCBuzz.com or export the Content in violation of U.S. export laws and regulations. If you access SouthOCBuzz.com from a location outside the United States, you are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws.
SOUTHOCBUZZ.COM reserves the right to change these Terms of Service at any time in its discretion and to notify users of any such changes solely by changing this Terms of Service. Your continued use of SouthOCBuzz.com after the posting of any amended Terms of Service shall constitute your agreement to be bound by any such changes. Your use of this site prior to the time this Terms of Service was posted will be governed according to the Terms of Service that applied at the time of your use.
SouthOCBuzz.com may modify, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of any portion of SouthOCBuzz.com, including the availability of any portion of the Content at any time, without notice or liability. SouthOCBuzz.com may deny access to any person or user at any time for any reason. In addition, GreKel or SouthOCBuzz.com may at any time transfer rights and obligations under this Agreement to any GreKel subsidiary or business unit, or any of their affiliated companies or divisions, or any entity that acquires GreKel, SouthOCBuzz.com or any of their assets.
These Terms of Service will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without regard to its conflicts of law provisions. You hereby agree that any cause of action you may have with respect to SouthOCBuzz.com must be filed in a federal or state court located in Orange County, California, within two months of the time in which the events giving rise to such claim began, or you agree to waive such claim. You agree no such claim may be brought as a class action. If for any reason any provision of this Agreement is found unenforceable, that provision shall be enforced to the maximum extent permissible so as to affect the intent of the parties as reflected in that provision, and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in full force and effect. Any failure of SouthOCBuzz.com to enforce or exercise any provision of this Agreement or related right shall not constitute a waiver of that right or provision. The section titles used in this Agreement are purely for convenience and carry with them no legal or contractual effect. In the event of termination of this Agreement for any reason, you agree the following provisions will survive: the provisions regarding limitations on your use of Content, the license(s) you have granted to SouthOCBuzz.com, and all other provisions for which survival is equitable or appropriate.
How we gather information from users
How we collect and store information depends on the page you are visiting, the activities in which you elect to participate and the services provided. You can visit many pages on our site without providing any information. Other pages may prompt you to provide information, such as when you place a classified ad, event posting or community news item.
Like most Web sites, SouthOCBuzz.com also collects information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to our visitors. For example, we may log the name of your Internet Service Provider or use "cookie" technology. Among other things, the cookie may store your user name and password, sparing you from having to re-enter that information each time you visit, or may control the number of times you encounter a particular advertisement while visiting our site. As we adopt additional technology, we may also gather information through other means. In certain cases, you can choose not to provide us with information, for example by setting your browser to refuse to accept cookies, but doing so may limit your ability to access certain portions of the site or may require you to re-enter your user name and password. Additionally we may not be able to customize the site's features according to your preferences.
What we do with the information we collect
We will use your information only as permitted by law. Aggregated Information (information that does not personally identify you) may be used in many ways. As one example, we may combine information about your usage patterns with similar information obtained from other users to learn which pages are visited most or what features are most attractive. Aggregated Information may occasionally be shared with our advertisers and business partners, but cannot be used to contact you individually.
Personally Identifiable Information collected by SouthOCBuzz.com may also be used for other purposes including but not limited to site administration and troubleshooting. Certain third parties who provide technical support for the operation of our site (our Web hosting service and our newsletter provider, for example) may access such information.
As we continue to develop our business, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, user information may be among the transferred assets. We may also disclose your information in response to a court order, at other times when we believe we are reasonably required to do so by law, in connection with the collection of amounts you may owe to us, and/or whenever we deem it appropriate or necessary to give such information to law enforcement authorities. Please note we may not provide you with notice prior to disclosure in such cases.
Your choice to opt out
The quality news and information on SouthOCBuzz.com is supported by advertising revenue and a controlled program of e-mail marketing is an important element of our online publishing business. Like other Web publishers, we will sometimes send e-mail about services, features, products, special offers and unique content we believe might interest you on behalf of our advertising and promotional partners. If you prefer not to receive e-mail communications sent from us on behalf of our advertisers and promotional partners, you will be given an opportunity to opt out from receiving any more emails.
Affiliated sites, linked sites and advertisements
SouthOCBuzz.com expects its partners, advertisers and third-party affiliates to respect the privacy of our users. However, third parties, including our partners, advertisers, affiliates and other content providers accessible through our site, may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to our site you may link to, or view as part of a frame on a SouthOCBuzz.com page, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also, through SouthOCBuzz.com you may be introduced to, or be able to access, information, Web sites, advertisements, features, contests or sweepstakes offered by other parties. SouthOCBuzz.com is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party.
Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online. Should you choose to voluntarily disclose Personally Identifiable Information on our site, such as in message boards, chat areas or in advertising or notices you post, that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of SouthOCBuzz.com and this policy.
SouthOCBuzz.com does not knowingly collect or solicit Personally Identifiable Information from or about children under the age of 13 except as permitted by law. If we discover we have received any information from a child under the age of 13 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe SouthOCBuzz.com has any information from or about anyone under the age of 13, please contact us at webmaster@SouthOCBuzz.com.