Welcome to the Yahoo! Contributor Network. We're glad you're here. Here are some things you should know before you get started:
The Yahoo! Contributor Network ("YCN") is now a part of Yahoo! Inc. ("Yahoo"). These Terms of Service ("TOS") between you and Yahoo! govern your access to and use of the services and YCN websites (as identified by "Yahoo! Contributor Network" in the banner or footer of such websites and corresponding URLs) and which may be accessed via various existing or future media or devices (the "YCN Services").
You understand that all information, data, text, software, music, sound, photographs, graphics, video, messages, tags, or other materials whether publicly displayed or privately transmitted on the YCN Services ("Content") are the sole responsibility of the person or entity from whom such Content originated. The Content is intended for your personal, noncommercial use. All materials posted on the YCN Services are protected by copyright and are owned or controlled by Yahoo or the party credited as the provider of the Content. You must abide by all copyright notices and any other terms restricting your use of any Content.
The YCN Services, including any Content, is protected by copyright under U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not publish, reproduce (except as permitted in the next sentence), transmit, participate in the sale or transfer of, create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit any of the YCN Services, including Content, in whole or in part. You may copy or download Content for personal, noncommercial use only, provided that you maintain all copyright notices and other restrictive notices contained on such Content. Copying or storing any Content for any nonpersonal use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from Yahoo!.
Content is owned by or licensed to Yahoo. Yahoo does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of Content, including that originating from its licensors, and you understand that by using the YCN Services that you may be exposed to Content that is inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable. Yahoo will, under no circumstances, be liable for any Content, including Content errors or omissions, or any loss or damage of any kind, including financial or trading losses, resulting from the use of any Content made available via the YCN Services.
You acknowledge and agree that any content that you upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available to the YCN Services including comments, forum or board messages, reviews, shared activities, and updates ("User-Generated Content" or "UGC") may be edited, modified, removed, published, transmitted, or displayed by Yahoo and that you hereby waive any rights you may have regarding your UGC being altered or manipulated in any way that may be objectionable to you. You further agree that by submitting UGC that you consent to its display on the YCN Services, and for any related promotional use, whether on the YCN Services or on other websites or in other media. You also understand and agree that UGC includes content submitted by you that are transmitted to Yahoo via your Yahoo updates from other Yahoo-owned and -operated sites, and that UGC may be shared via the YCN Services via RSS feeds or other API-enabled feeds or updates.
Subject to the terms and conditions of this TOS, you hereby grant Yahoo a perpetual, worldwide, nonexclusive, royalty-free, and fully paid-up license (with right to sublicense) to the UGC, including without limitation the right for Yahoo or any third party Yahoo designates, to: use, copy, transmit, excerpt, publish, distribute, publicly display or perform, create derivative works of, host, index, cache, tag, encode, modify, and adapt (including the right to adapt to streaming, downloading, broadcast, mobile, digital, thumbnail, scanning, or other technologies now or in the future), in any form or media now known or developed in the future, any UGC submitted by you on or via the YCN Services or any other website owned or operated by Yahoo.
You may not upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available any UGC that:
You also may not upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available:
You also many not:
You are solely responsible for your UGC, and while Yahoo does not and cannot review all UGC and is not responsible for such UGC, Yahoo reserves the right to delete, move, or edit UGC that it, in Yahoo’s sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.
Notwithstanding the terms of Section 3, by submitting ideas, suggestions, documents, or proposals ("Unsolicited Suggestions") to Yahoo through YCN’s suggestion or feedback pages, you acknowledge and agree that: (a) your Unsolicited Suggestions do not contain confidential or proprietary information; (b) Yahoo is not under any obligation of confidentiality, express or implied, with respect to the Unsolicited Suggestions; (c) Yahoo shall be entitled to use or disclose (or choose not to use or disclose) such Unsolicited Suggestions for any purpose, in any way, in any media worldwide; (d) Yahoo may have something similar to the Unsolicited Suggestions already under consideration or in development; (e) your Unsolicited Suggestions automatically become the property of Yahoo without any obligation of Yahoo to you; and (f) you are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement of any kind from Yahoo under any circumstances.
YCN Contributors. "YCN Contributors" are individuals who wish to submit original articles to Yahoo for publication on the YCN Services. Once you register successfully as a YCN Contributor, content that you submit via the submission process that may include any technology, designs, articles, written expressions, materials, content, graphics, data, information, images, photographs, art, illustrations, animations, video, audio, or audio/visual work, music, text, and/or any works of authorship that You provide to Yahoo hereunder, whether or not eligible for patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other legal protection ("Submissions") is subject to the terms of (a) the Master License Agreement ("MLA") and Payment Policies and (b) the applicable YCN License elected by you during the submission process. The MLA and YCN Licenses are collectively referred to as the "Contributor Licenses," and as a reminder, these Contributor Licenses are incorporated into and made part of this TOS.
No Guarantee of Compensation; No Employment Relationship. You understand and agree that if you register successfully as a YCN Contributor and subsequently submit Submissions to Yahoo which are later published that there is no guarantee that you will receive any compensation of any kind, regardless of whether such Submission was the result of a promotion, assignment announcement or other statement from or on behalf of Yahoo. You further understand and agree that your submitting Submissions to Yahoo will, under no circumstances, create an employment relationship between you and Yahoo.
Registration Data: To register as a YCN Contributor and in consideration of your use of the YCN Services, you represent that you can form a binding contract and are not a person barred from receiving the YCN Services under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction. You also agree that during the YCN registration process and thereafter that you will provide and maintain true, accurate, current, and complete information about yourself (the "Registration Data"). You may not create a member ID with the intent to impersonate another person, nor may your member ID contain offensive language. If Yahoo, in its sole discretion, believes that you have not complied with the terms of this paragraph, then Yahoo may suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of any part or all the YCN Services by you.
Your Account and Password; Security
When you register, you will select a password for your YCN account. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account. You must notify YCN immediately of any suspected unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security. You are also fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account, and any fraudulent, abusive, or otherwise illegal activity may be grounds for termination of your account and you may be referred to law enforcement agencies, at Yahoo 's sole discretion. Yahoo cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with these obligations.
You acknowledge, consent and agree that Yahoo may access, preserve, and disclose your Registration Data and related account information, and your UGC or Submissions, if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with legal process; (ii) enforce the TOS; (iii) respond to claims that any UGC or Submissions violates the rights of third parties; (iv) respond to your requests for customer service; or (v) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Yahoo, its users, and the public.
You understand that the YCN Services and software embodied within the YCN Services may include security components that permit digital materials to be protected and that use of these materials is subject to usage rules set by Yahoo and/or content providers who provide content to the YCN Services. You may not attempt to override or circumvent any of the usage rules embedded into the YCN Services. Any unauthorized reproduction, publication, further distribution, or public exhibition of the materials provided on the YCN Services, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited.
You may be selected by YCN, at YCN's sole discretion, to participate in the Featured Contributor Program (the "Featured Contributor Program"). You agree to comply with the Featured Contributor Program guidelines that are posted on the YCN Services or otherwise made available to you. You further agree and acknowledge that your participation in the Featured Contributor Program is voluntary, without compensation of any kind, and will not create any employment relationship between you and Yahoo. You may terminate your participation in the Featured Contributor Program at any time, and Yahoo may, without notice to you, terminate your participation in the Featured Contributor Program at any time. You understand that YCN may from time to time change the Featured Contributor Program guidelines or terminate the Featured Contributor Program in its entirety at any time in its sole discretion.
By using the YCN Services to send electronic communications, you will cause communications to be sent through Yahoo's computer networks, portions of which are located across the U.S. in various states and in locations in other countries. As a result, communications that may appear to be intrastate in nature may result in the transmission of interstate communications regardless of where you are physically located at the time of transmission. Accordingly, by agreeing to this TOS, you acknowledge that your use of the YCN Services results in interstate data transmissions.
Use of the YCN Services and transfer, posting, and uploading of software, technology, and other data via the YCN Services may be subject to the export and import laws of the United States and other countries. You agree to comply with all applicable export and import laws and regulations and any applicable local rules regarding online content. You hereby (a) agree to comply with all applicable export and import laws and regulations and any applicable local rules regarding online content; (b) represent that you are not a party identified on any government export exclusion list, including but not limited to the U.S. Denied Persons, Entity, and Specially Designated Nationals Lists, nor will you transfer software, technology, and other technical data via the YCN Services to parties identified on such lists; (c) agree not to use the YCN Services for military, nuclear, missile, chemical, or biological weaponry end uses in violation of U.S. export laws; and (d) agree not to transfer, upload, or post via the YCN Services any software, technology, or other technical data in violation of U.S. or other applicable export or import laws.
You agree to indemnify and hold Yahoo! Inc. and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, employees, partners, and licensors harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your UGC, your Submissions, your use of the YCN Services, your connection to the YCN Services, your violation of the TOS, or any other agreement incorporated thereto, or your violation of any rights of another.
You acknowledge that YCN may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the YCN Services, including the maximum number of days that uploaded Content will be retained by the YCN Services and the maximum number of times (and the maximum duration for which) that you may access the YCN Services. YCN has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any messages and other communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by the YCN Services. YCN may log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time. YCN reserves the right to modify these general practices and limits from time to time. Your agreement to this TOS constitutes your consent to allow YCN to store these communications on its servers.
Yahoo may, without prior notice and at its sole discretion, immediately terminate, limit your access to, or suspend your YCN Contributor account and access to the YCN Services, for no reason or for cause which may include your breach of the TOS. Yahoo shall not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your account, any associated email address, or access to the YCN Services.
Termination of your YCN Contributor account includes any or all of the following: (a) removal of access to all or part of the offerings within the YCN Services, (b) deletion of your password and all related information, files, and content associated with or inside your account (or any part thereof), and (c) barring of further use of all or part of the YCN Services.
Perpetual licenses granted by you to Yahoo! per the MLA will remain in full force and effect, including applicable payment obligations by Yahoo! to you.
Advertisers. Your correspondence or business dealings with, or participation in promotions of, advertisers found on or through the YCN Services, including payment and delivery of related goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties, or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such advertiser. You agree that Yahoo shall not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as the result of any such dealings or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the YCN Services.
Product Reviews. You agree that should you accept a retail product or other good from a manufacturer, promoter, or any individual or entity representing such product with the expectation that you will review or comment upon such product that such review or any statements made by you regarding such product will be true, accurate, and based on your personal experience. You also understand and agree that you are solely responsible for, and may be liable for, any false or misleading claims you make about the product its manufacturer or promoter, and that you will review and adhere to any particular restrictions or guidelines regarding product reviews that are set forth by Yahoo. Finally, when promoting your Submission, you must clearly disclose as applicable the type and extent of your connection to the product manufacturer or promoter, and such disclosure must also comply with any terms set forth by Yahoo.
The YCN Services may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other websites or resources. You acknowledge and agree that YCN is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that YCN shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such content, goods, or services available on or through any such site or resource
You acknowledge and agree that the YCN Services and any necessary software used in connection with the YCN Services ("Software") contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. You further acknowledge and agree that Content contained in advertisements or information presented to you through the YCN Services or by advertisers is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly permitted by applicable law or as authorized by Yahoo or the applicable licensor (such as an advertiser), you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute, transmit, broadcast, publicly perform, or create derivative works based on the YCN Services, such Content or the Software, in whole or in part.
Yahoo grants you a personal, nontransferable and nonexclusive right and license to use the object code of its Software on a single computer; provided that you do not (and do not allow any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work from, reverse engineer, reverse assemble, or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in, or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, nor to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) for the purpose of obtaining unauthorized access to the YCN Services. You agree not to access the YCN Services by any means other than through the interface that is provided by Yahoo for use in accessing the YCN Services.
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YAHOO AND ITS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS, AND LICENSORS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES (EVEN IF YAHOO HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES), RESULTING FROM: (a) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE YCN SERVICES; (b) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES; (c) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (d) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE YCN SERVICE; OR (e) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE YCN SERVICE.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 15 AND 16 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
You agree that, except as otherwise expressly provided in this TOS, there shall be no third-party beneficiaries to this agreement.
Yahoo may provide you with written notices to the email or mailing address provided by you in your Registration Data. Yahoo is not responsible for damage or losses that may be incurred by you as a result of your failure to receive such notices due to inaccurate or incomplete Registration Data, spam filters, or your lack of internet access.
You agree that all of Yahoo trademarks, trade names, service marks, and other YCN logos and brand features and product and service names are trademarks and the property of Yahoo (the "YCN Marks"). You agree not to display or use in any manner the YCN Marks without YCN's prior permission.
Yahoo respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. Yahoo may, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who may be repeat infringers. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please click http://info.yahoo.com/copyright/us/details.html.
Choice of Law and Forum. You and Yahoo each agree that the TOS and the relationship between the parties shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions and that any and all claims, causes of action or disputes (regardless of theory) arising out of or relating to the TOS, or the relationship between you and Yahoo, shall be brought exclusively in the courts located in the county of Santa Clara, California, or the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. You and Yahoo agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located within the county of Santa Clara, California, or the Northern District of California, and agree to waive any and all objections to the exercise of jurisdiction over the parties by such courts and to venue in such courts.
Waiver and Severability of Terms. The failure of Yahoo to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS 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 TOS remain in full force and effect.
No Right of Survivorship and Nontransferability. You agree that your YCN account is nontransferable and any rights to your YCN ID or contents within your account terminate upon your death. Upon receipt of a copy of a death certificate or as otherwise permitted per the terms of this TOS, your account may be terminated and all associated Content or UGC may be permanently deleted. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that you have, subject to the MLA, a) contributed Submission(s) to YCN, b) YCN has exercised its Option to the License Grant Type elected by you, and c) have properly established a means for receiving payments per the Payment Policy, then upon receipt of documentation sufficient, in Yahoo’s sole reasonable discretion, to establish a beneficiary to your estate that includes rights to your YCN account, then Yahoo will effect the transfer of your YCN account limited solely to receipt of payments due and specifically excludes any rights to edit existing Submissions, create new Submissions or modify Registration Data.
Statute of Limitations. You agree that regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the YCN Services or the TOS must be filed within one (1) year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred.
The section titles in the TOS are for convenience only and have no legal or contractual effect.